Jobs and Internships
Position: POLICY ANALYST/POLITICAL DIRECTOR
Location: Washington, DC
Start date: April 2019
The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to reduce nuclear weapons arsenals, halt the spread of nuclear weapons, and minimize the risk of war by providing policy research, education and analysis to the public and policy makers.
Council for a Livable World (CLW) is a 501 (c)(4) non-profit organization that since 1962 has been a leader in advocating for the reduction in global nuclear threats and supporting progressive foreign policy and national security priorities. Its mission is to increase peace and security by representing our membership in Washington, D.C. and electing congressional candidates who support our goals. The Council is nonpartisan and has supported Democrats, Independents, and Republicans throughout its history.
The Council is seeking a Political Director to oversee and run its federal candidate endorsement program, its conduit fundraising campaign for endorsed candidates, and its Capitol Hill lobbying efforts. The individual selected will also be expected to do some research, analysis, and writing about nuclear and related policy topics for the Center.
The Political Director/Policy Analyst will report to the Executive Director and will work closely with the Senior Policy Director and the Communications Director in her/his efforts.
The ideal candidate is passionate about both progressive politics and national security policy aimed at reducing global nuclear threats. He/she need not be an “expert” in the topic area, but must have an interest and the capacity to learn complex issues quickly. This position is based in Washington, D.C.; telecommuting is not available.
- Bachelor’s degree with proven campaign experience, and experiences that reflect a capacity to perform the research and analytical aspects of the position. Political fundraising experience is a plus, but not mandatory.
- Ability to track and review legislative calendars, bills, treaties, executive orders and other documents for research and analysis. Ability to track national, local and regional news sources and online materials for election/campaign information or use in evaluating potential endorsees and monitoring campaign progress and status in individual races.
- Familiarity with all necessary software programs and digital media platforms Prior experience in podcast production a plus, but is not mandatory.
- Strong writing skills for use in digital fundraising appeals, podcast narrative production and policy writing, as well as communications with campaign and Congressional staff.
Responsibilities will include:
- Under direct guidance from the Executive Director:
- Direct all Congressional endorsement and campaign education activities.
- Research and understand all competitive Congressional races across the country, including relevant information about each district or state.
- Interview and assess Congressional candidates from across the country.
- Work with the CLW Board to endorse suitable Congressional candidates.
- Assist the Communications Director with endorsed candidate online and direct mail fundraising.
- Manage the Council’s education and lobbying efforts with Members of Congress and their staffs.
- Under direct guidance from the Senior Policy Director:
- Research, analyze, and produce content related to nuclear and related policy topics, including U.S.-Russia arms control; U.S. nuclear posture and spending; nuclear security and nonproliferation policy; regional nuclear issues; U.S. national missile defense policy; and the Pentagon budget.
- Educate Members of Congress and their staffs on relevant nuclear and national security policy matters.
- Participate in meetings, workshops, and conferences that enable the constant expansion of nuclear weapons and national security policy knowledge.
- Participate in TV, print, and radio interviews that further the Center’s public education efforts.
- Help produce the Center’s nuclear policy podcast, Nukes of Hazard.
- Support the Senior Policy Director and Executive Director with various policy-related research and other tasks.
- Other responsibilities as assigned by Senior Policy Director or Executive Director.
Salary commensurate with experience, in the range of $55,000 -$70,000 annually; includes benefits package.
Email cover letter, resume, two brief writing samples showcasing comprehension of political and/or policy matters, and two references by close of business on April 9, 2019 to email@example.com.
No calls, please.
Council for a Livable World and Center for Arms Control and non-Proliferation are Equal Opportunity Employers—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.
The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation 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.
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.
The application process for Summer 2019 internships has opened. By April 21 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern, email your resume, cover letter and three-page writing sample (double-spaced) in one document to Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Academic credit is available.
What will the internship experience include?
Alongside the Center’s small and 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.
You will be working alongside our analysts each day to research and produce valuable materials that could be distributed to policymakers and the general public; gain real-world policy experience; and have tangible publications to show future employers.
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.
What do interns do?
- Research federal news, policy and developments on issues including U.S. nuclear weapons posture; Pentagon budget; nuclear terrorism; military engagement in the Middle East; U.S.-Russia relations; chemical & biological weapons; and missile defense.
- Write articles, fact sheets, op-eds, blogs, letters to the editor, tweets, and other communications analyzing news and developments in support of the Center’s policy and advocacy goals.
- Attend events on Capitol Hill and at other organizations and provide a comprehensive summary for distribution to Center staff.
- Research and craft smart, compelling and attractive content for our social media outlets.
- Write and publish well-researched blog pieces.
- Work collaboratively to create the most effective messaging tools, as well as innovate on existing ones.
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.