Intern, Peacekeeping Program (Spring 2020)

Washington, DC · Intern

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 to 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

PEACEKEEPING PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: CIVIC conducts research to identify gaps, best practices, and lessons learned in providing effective protection to civilians through UN peacekeeping. This includes UN peacekeeping operations’ efforts to protect civilians from other armed actors and to reduce harm that peacekeeping operations may cause through their own operations. Based on this research, CIVIC undertakes advocacy with national and international stakeholders to address these gaps and institutionalize best practices. CIVIC also provides technical assistance to peacekeeping operations and other stakeholders to support them in developing and implementing protection of civilians policies, practices, and tools. In 2020, CIVIC will continue to focus its work on peacekeeping operations in four countries, Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Sudan, and Mali. In addition, CIVIC’s peacekeeping program undertakes research and advocacy at the UN Secretariat and with UN Member States to advance broader peacekeeping reforms that are essential to the protection of civilians in conflict.

DESCRIPTION: CIVIC is seeking highly qualified applicants for our Spring Internship program to work directly with our Peacekeeping 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.



-       Researching the many issues around peacekeeping and civilians in conflict, and drafting relevant pieces including blogs and literature reviews;

-       Drafting organizational, policy advocacy, and supporter correspondence;

-       Creating briefing books for meetings and missions;

-       Monitoring conflicts and countries of interest;

-       Contributing to qualitative data analysis;

-       Developing social media content;

-       Copy-editing organizational documents;

-       Maintaining databases;

-       Providing logistical support.


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.

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.

Fluency in French is welcome.


Minimum Time Requirement: This is a full-time internship and interns should be available for a period of at least five months, beginning around Monday, January 6, 2020 and running through May 2020.

Compensation: Interns receive a small daily stipend to cover transportation to CIVIC's offices.

How to Apply: Applications should include a CV/resume and cover letter. Applications should be submitted in English. A writing sample is not required. Please submit your application through our website portal or via email to

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