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.
For current internship postings and deadlines, please visit our page on Idealist.org.
The deadlines to apply for an internship with FFP are as follows:
For Spring internships (usually January-May): November 15
For Summer internships (usually May/June-August): March 15
For Fall internships (usually September-December): July 15
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, for in-person internships, 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 the Fund for Peace 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. The Fund for Peace is able to accommodate both full-time and part-time interns (depending on semester). During the fall and spring term, interns at the Fund for Peace are asked to work 15-20 hours per week. During the summer term, interns work 30 hours per week at minimum. Normal duty 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
+ Strong attention to detail
+ 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.
Is the internship paid or unpaid?
The Fund for Peace offers a stipend to cover expenses. Based on a full work week, pro rated for part-time interns, the stipend is as follows:
- Part-time – $350 per month
- Full-time – $700 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.
*Note: There is a possibility that this internship will be remote, depending on the developing COVID-19 situation.
How do I apply for the Fund for Peace internship?
All applications must be submitted via our page on Idealist. Please be sure to include the following information in your cover letter:
- Applicants MUST detail their intended period of interning with us (i.e., June 1st through August 31st).
- Applicants MUST detail whether they intend to work full-time or part-time (and if so, what the intended working hours would be).
- 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.
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.
No phone calls, please. We really mean it. If we took calls from every applicant, we wouldn’t have time for anything else.