Intern, UN Policy and Advocacy (Fall 2020)

New York, NY · Full-time · Intern

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

The goal of CIVIC’s UN program is to elevate organizational impact and influence through consistent and coordinated advocacy and policy support on key issues and in support of our country programs. CIVIC engages primarily with Permanent Missions to the UN, the UN Secretariat, and the New York-based NGO community.

Internship responsibilities can include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in planning, supporting, and executing advocacy and policy strategies, including the roll-out of CIVIC products for key stakeholders in the New York market, as well as in Geneva;
  • Attending, covering and reporting on events, meetings, and other activities, including at the Security Council and General Assembly, 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 desk research for the purpose of preparing briefing papers, background documents, speeches, talking points, 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;
  • Providing logistical and administrative support the UN Team and CIVIC’s NY office;
  • 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. 


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.

Minimum Time Requirement: This is a full-time internship (35-40 hours per week) and interns should be available for a period of at least three months, with the possibility for longer-term internships up to six months. The successful applicant should be available to start sometime between mid-August and early September.

This is an unpaid internship; interns working in New York office qualify for a small daily stipend for food and travel.

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

DEADLINE: MAY 29 (applicants will be considered on a rolling basis)

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