United States of America: Center for International Policy Internships with Security Assistance Monitor (multiple internships available)

Organization: Center for International Policy
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 01 May 2018

Security Assistance Monitor

The Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) is a program of the Center for International Policy focused on enhancing transparency and oversight of an increasingly central U.S. foreign policy tool: U.S. foreign military and police aid and arms sales. By providing comprehensive security assistance data and by conducting independent, data-driven research, we seek to inform and elevate the debate among civil society, journalists, scholars, and policy makers about the best use of U.S. security assistance to improve human security.

Multiple positions are available with the Security Assistance Monitor program. They include a digital communications internship and regionally-focused internships. The stipend for these internships will be $500 per month for full-time interns. See descriptions below.



  • Maintaining social media presence and highlighting Security Assistance Monitor’s work on Twitter and Facebook accounts;
  • Tracking social media and website analytics;
  • Working with the staff to help create posts for Twitter and Facebook, media advisories, and email blasts;
  • Tracking media hits and developing and maintaining a comprehensive media list;
  • Create infographics and charts to highlight our research and analysis.


  • Intern positions require a self-motivated, detail-oriented person with excellent writing, oral communication, and organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • The applicant must be an enthusiastic team player with a demonstrable interest in international affairs and human rights who can capture current events and information into engaging content for our email lists and social media.
  • Experience in the field of journalism or digital communications, familiarity with running social media accounts, and knowledge in creating infographics and images to convey data is valued.


As intern with SAM, you will be an integral part of the program and have the opportunity to participate in many types of project related activities ranging from supporting the SAM website database to contributing to research and/or content for our blog, fact sheets, policy briefs, reports, and social media. In doing so, you will gain a better understanding of international security and U.S. foreign policy interests worldwide.

This summer we are particularly interested in applicants with language skills and knowledge pertinent to the regions of the Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Please indicate in your cover letter your regional preference.


  • Upload data and content to the SAM website;
  • Track U.S. government statements and actions, cover security news of the region and analyze government and think-tank reports;
  • Write blog posts;
  • Attend and take notes at relevant events around Washington, DC;
  • Contribute to Security Assistance Monitor’s social media platforms;
  • Assist Security Assistance Monitor staff members with ad hoc assignments and administrative duties as needed.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of/interest in specific region and security;
  • Highly developed research and writing skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Ability to do conduct in-depth internet research;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies/computer programs;
  • Knowledge of social media platforms and Excel;
  • Regional language skills desired.

The Center for International Policy is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status refugee status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit the following to internships@ciponline.org:

  • A cover letter (please include your desired start date, end date, and weekly schedule)
  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program which will help to cultivate a more diverse community of practice in the field of US Foreign Policy. We believe inclusion leads to more creativity and better work environments. What strengths will you bring to this internship to help CIP achieve this goal? Please answer this in your cover letter.
  • Your resume
  • A copy of your transcript (can be unofficial)
  • A list of 2-3 references (please include their name, relationship to you, and contact information)
  • And a short writing sample (3-5 pages, an excerpt from a longer paper is fine, on a relevant topic if possible) or one infographic that you created.