Intern: US Congressional Monitor (Summer 2019)

Washington, DC · Intern

About The Position

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: Center for Civilians in Conflict is a non-profit research and advocacy organization, working to improve protection for civilians affected by armed conflict. Our mission is to work with armed actors and civilians to develop and implement solutions to prevent, mitigate, and respond to civilian harm. Learn more at

CIVIC is seeking highly qualified applicants for our Summer Internship Program to work directly with our US Program Team to monitor policy and legislative-related developments in the US Congress during the summer of 2019. 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 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. 

This internship is open to current undergraduate students attending Universities outside of the National Capital Region, who have shown academic or excellence, or have related work experience, and have the endorsement of the University Department for which they are completing their degree requirements.


Internship duties may include, but are not limited to:

●   Attending hearings, briefings, and meetings with Congressional staff

●    Monitoring the process for introduction, markup, and amendment of the National Defense Authorization Act

●    Drafting internal memoranda to brief the US program director on Congressional developments

●     Monitoring the news and subject-matter analysis related to countries and issues of concern and the US Congress

●     Attending meetings with Congressional staff and NGO counterparts; taking thorough notes and drafting memoranda of meetings

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

●     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.

DEADLINE: May 10, 2019

Minimum Time Requirement: This is a full-time internship and interns should be available between May 29 and August 1.

This is an unpaid internship based in Washington DC; interns working in the office qualify for a small daily stipend for food and travel unless they receive institutional support from a qualifying sponsor. 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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