Job Openings and Internships

IPI NY is currently seeking applications for the following internship positions:

Editorial Intern
Women, Peace and Security Intern
Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations Intern
Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations & Humanitarian Affairs Intern

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


Editorial Intern

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, November 15, 2020. 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.


Women, Peace and Security Intern

IPI seeks qualified applicants for a full-time, three-month paid virtual internship (with the possibility of renewal) as part of IPI’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Program. The expected start date will be the beginning of January 2021.

This internship is situated in IPI’s WPS Program, which covers IPI’s work on the full spectrum of women’s rights and roles in peace and security, including conflict prevention, mediation, peace operations, peacebuilding and sustaining peace.

The intern will report directly to the WPS program’s Senior Policy Analyst, and will work closely with all members of the WPS team. The intern may also have opportunities to work with other IPI programs on an ad hoc basis. The intern will gain knowledge and skills from on-the-job experience, with the WPS 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 women, peace and security;
  • Research and contribute to drafting analytical reports on issues related to women, peace and security, including but not limited to women’s rights and roles in conflict prevention and resolution, peace operations, peacebuilding and sustaining peace;
  • Assist with the substantive and technical preparation of meetings, workshops, and seminars;
  • Interact with a broad range of international and regional actors working on these topics at the multilateral level;
  • Provide support in the implementation of a large international survey;
  • Support the social media processes for the program;
  • Contribute WPS analysis to IPI’s policy blog, The Global Observatory; and
  • Perform various administrative tasks in support of WPS programming.

 Qualifications

  • Graduate-level coursework in international affairs, political science, or a related field, with an interest or focus on issues related to gender/women’s rights and 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 November 6, 2020.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited to take the written assessment, scheduled for the week commencing November 16, 2020.

We anticipate that final interviews will be held virtually the week commencing December 7, 2020.

Please send the following in an email to employment@ipinst.org (with “Women, Peace and Security Intern” as the e-mail subject) and include the following attachments.

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

Please send only Word, Word Perfect or Adobe Acrobat files. Do not compress or zip files. No telephone inquiries. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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


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 expected start date will be the beginning of January 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 Friday, October 30, 2020.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited to take the written assessment, scheduled for the week commencing November 09, 2020.

We anticipate that final interviews will be held virtually the week commencing December 01, 2020.

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;
  2. Current résumé /CV;
  3. A short writing sample (no more than 2-3 pages) on a relevant subject;
  4. Contact information for three professional references;
  5. Please state in your application your availability to commence the internship.

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.


Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations & Humanitarian Affairs – Intern

IPI seeks qualified applicants for a three-month paid virtual internship (with the possibility of renewal) as part of IPI’s Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations. The intern will be expected to work on peace operations, protection of civilians, humanitarian affairs, and human rights. The expected start date will be the beginning of January 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, protection of civilians, peacebuilding and sustaining peace, as well as humanitarian action and UN reforms.

The Protection of Civilians Program was established in 2017, and focuses on the various challenges related to the implementation of protection of civilians mandates in UN peace operations, both at a policy and practical level.  Through research, convening, outreach and strategic advice, it seeks to enhance the delivery of POC mandates on the ground in partnership with the UN Secretariat, Member States and field operations.

The Humanitarian Program seeks to support policy-makers in developing solutions to stem the impacts of sanctions and counterterrorism measures on humanitarian action, and ensure better respect of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in UN decisions and programming, in this regard.

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).

The intern will support IPI’s protection of civilians program, the humanitarian affairs program, and the Center for Peace Operations more generally. The intern is expected to focus on peacekeeping, protection of civilians, human rights and humanitarian issues, but may be asked to work on broader issues related to the work of CPO. The intern will gain knowledge and skills from on-the-job experience, with CPO providing guidance and feedback to facilitate the learning process.

Responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of IPI’s protection of civilians and humanitarian affairs programs;
  • Conduct background research and contribute to drafting analytical reports on issues related to peace operations, and more specifically protection of civilians, humanitarian issues and human rights;
  • 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 IPI meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, briefings and field conversations, in coordination with IPI’s Events team;
  • Participate in and contribute to interviews, meetings, seminars or workshops;
  • Perform various administrative tasks in support of CPO programming.

 Qualifications

  • Graduate-level coursework in international affairs, political science, international law or a related field, with an interest or focus on issues related to peacekeeping, protection of civilians and humanitarian affairs;
  • Outstanding research, analytical, and English writing skills; and excellent oral communication skills;
  • Fluency in French or another official UN language is an added value;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment, with demonstrated sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

To apply

The closing date for applications is Friday, October 30, 2020.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited to take the written assessment, scheduled for the week commencing November 09, 2020.

We anticipate that final interviews will be held virtually the week commencing December 01, 2020.

Please send the following in an email to employment@ipinst.org (with “POC & Humanitarian affairs Internship” as the email subject) and include the following attachments.

  1. Cover letter;
  2. Current résumé /CV;
  3. A short writing sample (no more than 2-3 pages) on a relevant subject;
  4. Contact information for three professional references;
  5. Please state in your application your availability to commence the internship.

Please send only Word or PDF files. Do not compress or zip files. No telephone inquiries. The internship is a full-time position, paid according to an hourly wage.

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