The International Peace Institute (IPI) is an independent, international not-for-profit think tank dedicated to managing risk and building resilience to promote peace, security, and sustainable development.

Intern – Center for Peace Operations

The International Peace Institute seeks qualified applicants for a three-month (with option of three-month extension) paid internship as part of IPI’s Center for Peace Operations, in New York.


The IPI Center for Peace Operations responds to the real time needs of IPI’s constituents (the UN Secretariat and member states, regional organizations, and others) to provide timely analysis and convening capacity on key peace operations issues. IPI’s agenda on peace operations includes a wide variety of thematic issues, including the management and organization of peace operations, strategic force generation, integrated mission planning, the use of new technology, capability development, addressing organized crime and transnational threats, etc. The Center produces research and organizes a number of workshops and policy fora, as well as major seminars and high-level roundtables devoted to various aspects of peace operations. In addition, the peace operations team closely monitors the peacekeeping initiatives, priorities, and documents of UN member states and research institutions. The team stays abreast of policy developments in the Secretariat, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations and the Security Council. The center recently launched a virtual knowledge platform called The Future of Peace Operations ( that gathers analysis, commentaries and resources related to the 2015 peace operations reforms. IPI also co-manages the Providing for Peacekeeping project ( that aims to generate and disseminate current information and analysis to support efforts to “broaden the base” of troop- and police-contributing countries, improve the quality of troop and police contributions, and fill key capability gaps.

Job Description

  • Research and contribute to drafting analytical reports on issues related to peace operations;
  • Assist with the substantive and technical preparation of meetings and seminars;
  • Manage and develop a social media strategy for the Center;
  • Provide analysis and technical assistance to the web platform;
  • Interact with a broad range of international and regional actors working on these topics at the global level; and
  • Perform various administrative tasks. 


  • Graduate-level coursework in international affairs, political science, or a related field with a focus on peacekeeping or peacebuilding;
  • Outstanding research, analytical, and English writing skills;
  • Fluency in French is a plus;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail; and
  • Commitment to teamwork and the ability to handle multiple tasks.

Application Process

The position will be filled as soon as a successful candidate is identified. Please send to (“CPO Internship” as the email subject) the following: 1) cover letter with current resume/CV; 2) a short writing sample; and 3) contact information for three professional references.

Please send only Word, Word Perfect or Adobe Acrobat files. Do not compress or zip files. No telephone or faxed inquiries. Due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

IPI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly committed to recruiting and retaining an internationally and culturally diverse staff.