IPI seeks qualified applicants for a full-time paid virtual internship as part of IPI’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Program. The initial contract will be for three months, but we are looking for someone who can commit to this role for six months.
This internship is situated in IPI’s WPS Program, which covers IPI’s work on the full spectrum of women’s rights and roles in peace and security, including conflict prevention, mediation, peace operations, peace building, and sustaining peace.
The intern will report directly to the Head of the WPS Program and will work closely with all members of the WPS team. The intern may also have opportunities to work with other IPI programs on an ad hoc basis. The intern will gain knowledge and skills from on-the-job experience, with the WPS team providing guidance and feedback to facilitate the learning process.
The selected candidate will be expected to work virtually throughout the duration of the internship. Although the successful candidate does not need to be based in New York City, the candidate should be available during standard IPI working hours (9 am-5 pm EST).
Responsibilities for the IPI and WPS Remote Paid Internship
Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and trends in relations to women, peace and security;
Research and contribute to drafting analytical reports on issues related to women, peace and security, including but not limited to women’s rights and roles in conflict prevention and resolution, peace operations, peace building, and sustaining peace;
Compile academic and policy sources, annotated bibliographies, and literature reviews;
Assist with the substantive and technical preparation of meetings, workshops, and seminars;
Interact with a broad range of international and regional actors working on these topics at the multilateral level;
Provide support in the implementation of a large international survey;
Support the social media processes for the program;
Edit and review publications from the WPS team;
Assist with tracking project progress and impact;
Contribute WPS analysis to IPI’s policy blog, The Global Observatory; and
Perform various administrative tasks in support of WPS programming.
Qualifications for the IPI and WPS Remote Paid Internship
Graduate-level coursework in international affairs, political science, gender, or a related field, with a focus on issues related to gender/women’s rights and international peace and security;
Knowledge of UN institutions and multilateral policy processes;
Outstanding editing, research, analytical, and English writing skills;
Fluency in English; proficiency in an additional official UN language is an added value;
Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment, with demonstrated sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines;
Ability to work independently and take initiative in ensuring the team meets goals and deadlines;
Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills; and
Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and willingness to learn
How to Apply for IPI and WPS Remote Paid Internship
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to take the written assessment, which will be scheduled for a week. We anticipate that final interviews will be held virtually.
Please send the following in an email to email@example.com (with “Women, Peace and Security Intern” as the e-mail subject) and include the following documents:
Cover letter (please notes your availability and preferred start date)
Current résumé /CV;
A short writing sample (no more than 2-3 pages) on a relevant subject;
Contact information for three professional references.
Please send these documents together as one PDF file. The file should follow the naming convention “Last name First name_ WPS Intern.” Do not compress or zip files. No telephone inquiries. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
The WPS internship is a full-time position and pays $15 an hour.
Applicants must be eligible for employment in the United States. Please note that IPI cannot sponsor work visas for internships.
IPI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse and internationally representative staff.