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NEXT DEADLINE: November 13, 2015.
Apply by this date for a Winter/Spring 2016 internship, which runs from January to May 2016.
The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and its sister organization Council for a Livable World (http://livableworld.org/) offers full-time internship opportunities for students and recent graduates interested in policies to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and increase peace and security.
With a small dedicated staff, interns will have the opportunity to work with everyone including the Executive Director to help shape the organization’s work on important issues. The staff is committed to investing in their interns, and are eager to spend time working with them to hone their skills to develop future leaders in the nuclear nonproliferation and national security community.
Former Center interns have gone on to graduate studies at top universities in the United States, and many are now working in intelligence, think tanks, Congress, the executive branch, and NGOs throughout the country and the world.
Located on Capitol Hill in the heart of Washington, D.C, the Center is a respected non-profit organization that educates Congress and the public on national security issues through policy, advocacy, and investigations. Center interns have the opportunity to contribute to the organization in a number of issue areas.
In addition to its internship program, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation also participates in the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. The Scoville Fellowship pays a stipend for recent college graduates to work with NGOs in Washington, DC on peace and security issues for six to nine months. For further information, please visit the Scoville Fellowship’s website.
PROGRAM AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Research news, policy, and developments in the Executive Branch and Congress related to Council issues including but not limited to: U.S. nuclear weapons posture, security, and spending; Pentagon budget; military engagement in the Middle East; U.S.-Russia relations, chemical & biological weapons; and missile defense.
- Provide assistance to all members of the staff including the Executive Director, communications and development teams to learn and develop new skills including fundraising activities, building operations capacity and engaging on social media.
- Write articles, fact sheets, op-eds, blogs, letters to the editor, tweets, and other communications analyzing news and developments on core areas of focus and in support of the Council and Center’s policy and advocacy goals;
- Attend events on Capitol Hill (briefings, hearings, lobby visits, special events) and at other think tanks/non-profit organizations relevant to the Center/Council’s work and provide a comprehensive summary for distribution to Center/Council staff
- Engage in communications outreach and youth outreach on national security issues;
- Research and craft smart, compelling, and attractive digital content for our social media outlets
- Help to manage our reputable Center/Council Twitter handles, Facebook pages, YouTube accounts, and other online outlets
- Write and publish well-researched pieces for the Center/Council blogs
- Develop mastery of our content management programs in order to support the communications associate with maintenance of our two websites and blog sites.
- Contribute to the Center/Council weekly newsletter
- Help to edit and proof publications from Center/Council staff
- Work collaboratively with Center/Council staff as well as the broader nuclear policy community to brainstorm the most effective messaging tools, as well as innovate on new ones
- Track online conversations and keep current about our issues, transforming into content where appropriate
- Provide assistance to Center/Council staff including some administrative and event planning.
- Interest in peace and security issues, especially nuclear policy, nonproliferation, and federal spending policy;
- Superior oral and written communication skills;
- Commitment to progressive security policies;
- Excellent research, computer and internet abilities. Knowledge of HTML a plus;Excellent time management skills;
- Able to work individually and collaboratively as part of a team is a must;
- Sense of humor.
COMPENSATION: $500 a month, based on a 32 hour work week (which is a desirable workload, but not required. A smaller workload will be compensated appropriately).. (Please note: In order to receive the stipend, you must be legally authorized to work in the United States.)
ACADEMIC CREDIT: Yes, if qualified
HOURS: Full or part-time, 3-4 months in duration.
HOW TO APPLY
Winter/Spring Semester (January-late May): November 13
Summer (early June-early September): March 11
Fall Semester (early September-mid-December): July 8
Please see the top of this page for the exact dates of the next available internship.
Applicants should e-mail the following materials to the address below. Please submit all materials (except for those, such as recommendation letters, that may arrive separately) as a single Word or PDF document, in the order listed below.
- Cover letter—please describe your research areas of interest, as well as your dates of availability, and number of hours available per week.
- Brief writing sample, preferably on an issue related to our work (no longer than 1,000 words)
- At least two references and/or letters of recommendation (one letter from a work/employer is strongly suggested)
Please Note: Due to the high volume of applicants, only those who qualify will be contacted regarding the next steps. All applications must be complete with required materials to be considered, and those selected will be contacted only after the deadline for submissions has passed.
Please email materials to:
internships AT armscontrolcenter DOT org
For Applicants: please put “Internship Application – [Your Name]” in the subject line of the email
For Letter Writers: please put “Letter of Recommendation – [Applicant’s Name]” in the subject line of the email