Intern, Communications

Washington, DC · Intern

About The Position

About Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)

Center for Civilians in Conflict is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, working on behalf of civilians 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 no civilian caught in conflict should be ignored, and advisors who provide practical solutions to preventing and responding to civilian harm. Learn more at 

The Communications Internship

Center for Civilians in Conflict is the rebranded name of the organization CIVIC, which began in 2003 as the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict. With the start of our new strategic plan and hiring of a new Senior Manager of Communications, we are seeking to grow our communications team as we reach a wider audience with the important work we are doing around the world.

Communications intern will be an integral role of the communications team, working side-by-side with experienced professionals to ensure the high quality of a wide variety of communications products designed to realize CIVIC’s vision: a world where parties to armed conflicts recognize the dignity and rights of civilians, prevent civilian harm, protect civilians caught in conflict, and amend harm.

Internship duties will be both deep and wide. Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to work on both domestic and international issues. You should be eager to work on big-picture creative strategy, while also ready, willing, and able to closely review report sections and find every typo. Depending on our needs and your capacity, you may have a public role in our work or may support from behind-the-scenes.

While still meeting the needs of the organization, your internship will be tailored to your skills and interests. We seek to utilize your existing skills, develop others, and give you the opportunity to grow professionally while contributing to a critically important cause. We will work to make your experience meaningful and memorable, both professionally and personally.

In exchange, we expect you to bring a positive attitude and professional approach to your work, regardless of the size or length of the assignment. We will select candidates who seek both to contribute and to learn and who understand the balance between taking initiative and seeking direction. Successful candidates will recognize the role they have to play in the larger success of the organization in service to civilians in conflict zones around the world.

This is an opportunity to gain experience working with an international advocacy organization and build a strong communications portfolio. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing press and policy briefs, op-eds and opinion pieces, and other marketing materials;
  • Working with team on social media channels;
  • Designing graphics, including infographics;
  • Creating press lists and researching media outlets;
  • Assisting with communications and creative work as needed; and
  • Functioning as a self-sustaining member of our team.



This internship is open to current graduate level students, those who have recently completed graduate studies, or undergraduate students with relevant work experience with an interest in non-profit communications. Interns will work closely with the members of the Communications team in the Washington, DC office.

Applicants should be flexible, organized, professional, have confidence in handling multiple tasks, and have the ability to work both in a team and independently. Interns will be expected to maintain a level of confidentiality and discretion when working with sensitive information.

Application Deadline: Applications for the Spring 2019 semester must be received by October 31, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered for the Summer 2019 semester.

Minimum Time Requirement: Applicants should be available for a minimum 15 hours/week for a period of at least 3 months.

This is an unpaid internship with a small stipend for food and travel. You must be eligible to work in the United States for this internship; unfortunately, we are not able to provide visas.

To apply: Include a cover letter indicating your interest, a one-page resume, three professional references, and portfolio sample. Please indicate in your cover letter the semester(s) for which you would like to be considered

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