Intern, Africa Policy & Advocacy (Summer 2019)

Washington, DC

About The Position

Center for Civilians in Conflict is an international nonprofit with offices around the world working to improve protection for civilians caught in conflict zones. Our mission is to work with armed actors and civilians in conflict to develop and implement solutions to prevent, mitigate, and respond civilian harm. We are advocates who believe that no civilian caught in conflict should be ignored, and advisors who provide practical solutions to preventing and responding to civilian harm. Learn more at

CIVIC is seeking highly qualified applicants for our Summer Internship program to work directly with our Africa Program team. An internship at CIVIC is a rigorous and rewarding experience, requiring strong research skills, a working knowledge of international humanitarian law and practice, and an exceptional level of maturity and focus. Our interns and fellows have participated in high-level Washington DC meetings and often have the opportunity to design and advocate for their own projects within CIVIC’s scope of work. They have gone on to full time employment in organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, Department of Defense, Department of State, Open Society Foundation, and the World Bank. 

This internship is open to current graduate level students, those who have recently completed graduate studies, or those with an undergraduate degree and relevant work experience.



Internship duties may include, but are not limited to:

●     Researching the many issues around civilians in conflict and drafting relevant pieces including op-eds, blogs, grant reports, and policy briefs;

●     Drafting organizational, policy advocacy, and supporter correspondence;

●     Creating briefing books for meetings and missions;

●     Monitoring conflicts and countries of interest;

●     Maintaining databases tracking compensation, civilian casualties and displacement statistics, quotes and grants;

●     Copy-editing organizational documents including supporter communications, press releases, blogs, letters of inquiry, and grant applications;

●     Conducting in-depth research for the purpose of drafting speeches and other prepared remarks;

●     Functioning as a self-sustaining member of our team.

Applicants should be flexible and have confidence in handling multiple tasks, as well as the ability to work independently.

Applicants are expected to have excellent writing and research skills and should anticipate using these skills frequently. Interns will be expected to maintain a level of confidentiality and discretion when working with sensitive information.

Minimum Time Requirement: This is a full-time internship and interns should be available for a period of at least four months, beginning in June 2019 and running through October 2019

This is an unpaid internship based in Washington DC; interns working in the office qualify for a small daily stipend for food and travel. CIVIC is not able to sponsor candidates for this position; a valid visa is required.

To apply: Please email your resume, a writing sample, and a cover letter stating your interest in CIVIC. Applications are only accepted through this website.

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