Intern, UN Policy and Advocacy (Summer 2019)

New York, NY · Full-time

About The Position

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: 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

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The goal of CIVIC’s UN program, led by the UN Advisor, is to elevate organizational impact and influence through consistent and coordinated advocacy and policy support on core issues and programs. CIVIC engages primarily with Permanent Missions to the UN, the UN Secretariat, and the New York-based NGO community. 

  1. CIVIC is seeking highly qualified applicants for our Summer Internship program to work directly with our UN 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 CIVICs 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.

Internship responsibilities can include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assisting in planning and executing advocacy and policy strategies, including supporting the rollout of CIVIC products for key stakeholders in the New York market, as well as in the Geneva market; 
  • Attending and extensively covering and reporting on events, meetings and other activities, including at UNHQ, and monitoring developments on CIVIC’s core issues and programs in Geneva; 
  • Monitoring and reporting on conflicts, countries of interest and thematic issues, including developments at the UN, particularly the Security Council, General Assembly, Human Rights Council and Peacebuilding Commission, as well as other organs and bodies; 
  • Conducting in-depth research for the purpose of preparing briefing papers, background documents, speeches and other organizational advocacy and policy material; 
  • Maintaining and expanding CIVIC’s contact network with key stakeholders in the New York and Geneva market; 
  • Copy-editing and reviewing organizational documents including supporter communications, press releases, blog posts, op-eds, letters of inquiry, 
  • Functioning as a self-sustaining member of our team. 

This is a unique opportunity to help build CIVIC’s advocacy and policy engagement with the UN. 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 May 2019 and running through August 2019.

This is an unpaid internship based in New York City; 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.

DEADLINE: May 10, 2019

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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