United States of America: CIP Internship with the Arms & Security Project and Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

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

Arms & Security / Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

This intern will have the unique experience to work on two CIP projects: The Arms and Security Project and the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative. The intern will gain an understanding of Pentagon spending, the global arms trade, and the ways in which foreign governments seek to influence U.S. foreign policy. Candidates should have an interest in these issues as well as strong research and writing skills. Full-time interns will receive a nominal stipend of $500 per month.


  • Helping to research and create a database on the various tools used by foreign governments to attempt to influence U.S. policy
  • Research for op-eds and blog posts as needed
  • Research on U.S. policies relating to arms transfers to the Middle East, including consequences of U.S. sales in the region
  • Research on foreign governments lobbying for, or against, arms sales to the Middle East
  • Research on the activities of the nuclear weapons lobby
  • Conduct primary research on Pentagon contractors and the economic impacts of Pentagon spending for reports and policy briefs


  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Ability to work with and interpret primary documents
  • Basic skills at analyzing statistics, including familiarity with Excel
  • Interest in/knowledge of the issues, policies, and political actors
  • Attention to detail, excellent writing skills

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, you are the sole author)