Spring 2021 Just Security Internship, Stimson Center (Washington, DC)


As the world confronts myriad, interconnected challenges from ending civil wars and extreme poverty to combating climate change and information warfare the very concept of global collective action is in question. The world faces a severe governance deficit, while the United Nations UN system is increasingly being asked to do more with less. In addition to multiple challenges and obstacles to delivering justice and security, the current world order is under attack by resurgent nationalism, protectionism, and suspicions of the legitimacy of the current multilateral system.

In 2015, the Albright-Gambari Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance released a report with recommendations to address these challenges. To advance the analysis and recommendations of the Commission, the Stimson Center’s Just Security 2020 Program aims to build a more capable United Nations and strengthen other global institutions to better cope with existing and emerging global challenges, while promoting multilateralism.

The program is built around three interconnected tracks of activity, namely:

  • Policy dialogues and public/policymaker engagement convene global and regional policy dialogues to promote consensus on priority global governance reform innovations in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict management, climate governance, global cyber-economic management, and human rights and humanitarian action;
  • Research, policy analysis, and outreach conduct research, policy analysis, and outreach to refresh and refine the findings and recommendations of the Albright-Gambari Commission and pair them with other global governance renewal and reform innovations;
  • Global network building Employ the knowledge Platform on Global Security, Justice & Governance Innovation to promote results of the program’s research, engage scholars and policy experts worldwide in deliberations, and continue to actively support four civil society organization-led coalition building networks: UN 2020 Initiative, the Together First campaign, the UN 75 Research Network, and the Global Town Halls project.

We are go-getters with an entrepreneurial spirit. For us, curiosity and passion are more important than encyclopedic knowledge of aspects of today’s global governance reform debate, but we are all great at growing our book of knowledge quickly. We are a horizontal team and we consider our interns as core members of the team, meaning that you will not have time to get bored!

Responsibilities for an intern include:

  • Research, writing, analysis, and editing of program publications. The intern will undertake research for a new report focused on the community of nations’ collective response, to date, to the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated financial, economic, and social repercussions worldwide.
  • Coordination of program events virtual, including support for high level policy dialogues with luminaries, United Nations ambassadors and senior policymakers
  • Briefings and summary notes on related events
  • Programmatic and administrative support


Generally, strong candidates for this position will have the following qualifications:

  • Interest in the United Nations, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, climate governance, economic globalization, cyber-security, and multidisciplinary approaches to security and justice challenges
  • Strong research and analysis skills, including writing and editing
  • Proactivity and excellent attention to detail
  • Full-time availability preferred

This internship is more suited for graduate students but strong applications from undergraduate students will also be considered.


For more information and to apply, click here.

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