$250-$500 per month stipend
Hours per week
1101 14th Street NW
Do you have an interest in conflict early warning, peace building, security, and human rights? Are you a current graduate or undergraduate student (or a recent graduate) seeking experience in the NGO sector?
We offer internships in our Washington, D.C. headquarters every semester. Interns at FFP are given significant responsibility and are provided with practical experience in the international relations field, with excellent work experience and exposure to international and NGO communities.
Internships vary in duration and are flexible to fit in with study. Interns are given significant responsibility to manage their own projects and conduct their own research. An internship with FFP will provide interns with practical work experience in the international relations field and exposure to diverse national and international audiences including government, multilateral, business, think tank, and NGO communities.
What kind of responsibilities do Interns have?
Intern responsibilities can include:
- Conflict analysis
- Conflict data coding
- Researching and writing articles and reports
- Assisting with editing and proofreading
- Monitoring and updating essential country-specific data
- Providing support to The Fund for Peace’s public events
- Attending conferences and roundtables on behalf of The Fund for Peace
Does The Fund for Peace accept international candidates?
Yes. Of course, international staff must have authorization to work (or at least intern) in the U.S. If a visa is required, The Fund for Peace is more than happy to assist you with the paperwork. Obtaining the proper visa may incur significant cost. However, many previous international interns who have had to pay for their visas believe it was money well-spent. Unfortunately, The Fund for Peace is not able to cover the costs of visas or the visa application process.
Past and present interns have come from countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, D.R. Congo, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mozambique, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United Kingdom.
Can interning with The Fund for Peace lead to a permanent position?
Though FFP is a small organization, a number of former interns have indeed gone on to become permanent staffers. That said, such a transition is far from guaranteed! Nevertheless, the Fund for Peace internship does provide unparalleled exposure to the NGO, think-tank and government communities in the U.S. and abroad.
Does The Fund for Peace accept only full-time interns?
No. FFP is able to accommodate both full-time and part-time interns (depending on semester). During the fall and spring term, interns at FFP are asked to work approximately 20 hours per week. During the summer term, interns work 30 hours per week at minimum. Normal hours are 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, although we can be flexible about scheduling where necessary.
Also, the FFP internship program is specifically flexible in regards to class schedules. Plenty of interns will combine a part-time internship with a normal class schedule.
What qualities are we seeking in our interns?
Though academic and professional qualifications are obviously important, we also prefer our interns to be well-rounded and personable.
- Experience with or understanding of the Fund for Peace’s programmatic areas
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Solid organizational abilities
- Individual initiative and flexibility
- Strong research and data skills
- Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
What is the average duration of an internship?
The length of an internship varies. We prefer interns to work with us for at least 3-4 months. Some interns have actually worked with us for 6 months or more.
Is the internship paid or unpaid?
FFP offers a stipend to cover commuting expenses. Based on a full work week, pro rated for part-time interns, the stipend is as follows:
- Part-time - $250 per month
- Full-time - $500 per month
Does The Fund for Peace prefer graduate students to undergraduate?
Yes. However, we do sometimes accept exceptional undergraduate students on a case-by-case basis. We also hire recent post-graduates.
Can I earn college credit through an internship at The Fund for Peace?
Yes. Depending of course on your college's requirements, interns frequently earn college credit at FFP through their college's internship programs. Importantly, however, where students are seeking an internship as part of an institutional "Internship in D.C." type program, we strongly encourage students to apply through our normal channels and to address our specific application guidelines. "Boiler-plate" applications that are sent to multiple organizations are rarely competitive applications.
How To Apply
How do I apply for the Fund for Peace internship?
We ask that you apply online. You will be requested to provide us with some basic contact information, your program and semester preferences and a list of references. We also provide you with space to copy and paste your cover letter and resume.
Please note that we no longer accept applications by e-mail. All applications must be submitted online. Please only e-mail us if there is a technical fault regarding the online application form.
- In your cover letter, be sure to explain your interest in and enthusiasm for The Fund for Peace, as often an applicant's enthusiasm for the organization and our programs will give applicants an edge. We all want to save the world, but we would much rather you explain to us how you think you are ideally suited to and can contribute to The Fund for Peace.
- Applicants MUST detail their intended period of interning with us (i.e., January 1st through December 31st).
- Applicants MUST detail whether they intend to work full-time or part-time (and if so, what the intended working hours would be).
- Applicants are encouraged to detail their preferred program(s) with which they would like to be placed.
- Applicants are requested to submit their applications through our online form only: http://fundforpeace.org/global/internship-application/.
We only require writing samples for applicants who are subsequently invited for an interview.
Be advised that The Fund for Peace receives many applications each semester for only a handful of positions. Because we do not have a dedicated personnel department, we ONLY contact those applicants who have been selected for an interview. Sorry.
If you have been selected for an interview, we will contact you approximately two weeks after the deadline for applications. Due to the volume of applications, it is wise to apply early.
What is the timeline for the Spring Internship application process?
- Thursday, November 1 - Position posted, applications open
- Thursday, November 15 - Application deadline (no applications will be accepted after 5pm ET)
- Monday, November 26 - Final day of interview notifications
- Early January 2019 - Internship begins
No phone calls, please. We really mean it. If we took calls from every applicant, we wouldn't have time for anything else.