Job Openings & Internships

IPI is currently seeking applicants for the following internships:*

Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations Intern
Editorial Intern

*Applicants must be eligible for employment in the United States. IPI cannot sponsor work visas for internships.


Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations Intern

IPI seeks qualified applicants for a full-time, three-month paid virtual internship (with the possibility of renewal) as part of IPI’s Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations (CPO). The desired start date will be the beginning of August 2021.

This internship is situated in the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations (CPO), which covers IPI’s work on the full spectrum of peace and security issues, including prevention, mediation, peace operations, peacebuilding and sustaining peace, preventing violent extremism, and UN reform.

The intern will report directly to CPO’s Policy Analysts. The successful candidate will work with all members of the CPO team, and will interact with other IPI programs. The intern will gain knowledge and skills from on-the-job experience, with the CPO Team providing guidance and feedback to facilitate the learning process.

The selected candidate will be expected to work virtually through the duration of three-month internship. Although the successful candidate does not need to be based in New York City, the candidate should be available during standard IPI working hours (9am-5pm EST).

Responsibilities

  • Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and trends in relations to peace and security and peacebuilding;
  • Research and contribute to drafting analytical reports on issues related to international peace and security, including but not limited to peace operations, peacebuilding and sustaining peace, and mediation;
  • Interact with a broad range of international and regional actors working on these topics at the multilateral level;
  • Assist with the substantive and technical preparation of virtual meetings and seminars;
  • Contribute analysis and technical assistance to IPI’s internet presence;
  • Provide research support to the team as needed; and
  • Perform various administrative tasks in support of CPO programming.

 Qualifications

  • Graduate-level coursework in international affairs, political science, or a related field, with an interest or focus on issues related to international peace and security;
  • Knowledge of UN institutions and multilateral policy processes;
  • Outstanding research, analytical, and English writing skills;
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in an additional official UN language is an added value;
  • Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment, with demonstrated sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills; and
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;

To Apply

The closing date for applications is Monday, July 12, 2021.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited to take the written assessment, scheduled for the week commencing Monday, July 19, 2021.

We anticipate that final interviews will be held virtually the week commencing Monday, July 26, 2021.

Please send the following in an email to employment@ipinst.org with “CPO Internship” as the email subject, and include the following attachments.

  1. Cover letter (please state your earliest available start date the your cover letter);
  2. Current résumé /CV;
  3. A short writing sample (no more than 2-3 pages) on a relevant subject; and
  4. Contact information for three professional references.

Please send only Word or PDF files. Do not compress or zip files. No telephone inquiries.

The CPO internship is a full-time position, paid according to an hourly wage.


Editorial Intern

IPI seeks qualified applicants for a full-time, six-month paid internship as part of IPI’s publications team. The internship can be either remote or in-person, depending on the location of the applicant. The expected start date will be August 2021.

This internship is situated within IPI’s publications team to assist the Editor in producing and disseminating IPI books, policy papers, issue briefs, and related materials at IPI’s headquarters in New York City. The intern will gain experience editing policy writing and managing the production of publications and will have the opportunity to learn from IPI’s ongoing research on the multilateral system, peace operations, sustainable development, and women, peace, and security.

The selected candidate will be expected to work virtually through the duration of the three-month internship. Although the successful candidate does not need to be based in New York City, the candidate should be available during standard IPI working hours (9am-5pm EST).

Responsibilities

  • Copyediting, formatting citations, fact-checking, and proofreading publications, and copyediting other IPI communications as required
  • Maintaining the house style guide
  • Conducting photo research for publications
  • Assisting with the dissemination of publications on social media
  • Managing books purchases and subscriptions to journals, magazines, and newspapers
  • Conducting publications-related administrative tasks
  • Performing other ad hoc tasks as determined by the Editor

Qualifications

  • Outstanding editing ability, with acute attention to detail, a passion for grammar, and opinions about punctuation
  • Outstanding writing ability, with an understanding of how to convey ideas concisely and clearly
  • Good eye for design and formatting
  • BA, particularly in international affairs or a related field
  • Knowledge of Chicago style desirable
  • Experience copyediting, proofreading, or working as a writing tutor preferred
  • Familiarity with or interest in multilateral institutions a plus
  • Knowledge of written French a plus

To Apply

The closing date for applications is Sunday, July 18, 2021. A short-list of candidates will be asked to perform a short editing test. A second short-list will be asked to interview. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited to take an editing assessment.

Please send the following to employment@ipinst.org with “Editorial Intern” as the email subject:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current résumé/CV
  3. A short sample of academic or policy writing (no more than 2-3 pages)
  4. Contact information for three professional references
  5. Please state in your application your available start date

Please send only Word or PDF files. Do not compress or zip files. No telephone inquiries.

The Editorial Internship is a full-time position, paid according to an hourly wage.

IPI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse and internationally representative staff.