Internships in International Relations
All MA students are encouraged to apply for an internship with an international organization. These internships provide hands-on experience, valuable career contacts, and a chance to examine an international policy up close.
Applications for internships are submitted directly to the organization, and the department can help with finding an appropriate internship and crafting a strong application. When you are selected for an internship, the internship director writes a letter describing your schedule and responsibilities, and you may then register for the international internship course, POL 7950.
In addition to your work at the organization, which normally consists of one full day a week for the course of a semester, you write a 20-25 page policy paper assessing an issue on which you work during your internship.
This page is divided into two sections. First are Brooklyn College internship resources, and second is a list of international organizations based in New York and Washington with internships for graduate students. The most recent internship announcements are included; for future positions, please visit the organization’s website. Deadlines and positions constantly change, and this document is updated every semester.
You may also create your own internship with an organization not listed here. Many students, for example, have worked for local refugee organizations or media outlets. We particularly encourage international internships abroad, which can be done in conjunction with study abroad programs.
I. Brooklyn College Resources
1. Brooklyn College Internship/Job Fairs: Students can meet with over 70 employers at the Brooklyn College Internship/Job Fair which are held at the Student Center. Employers are recruiting for their full-time and part-time jobs and internships in all areas. Employers participating include 1010 WINS, Jumpstart, TD Bank, Ion Media Networks, Peace Corps, U.S. State Department, PwC, KPMG, and NYPIRG. To help students make a strong impression at the fair, the center offers workshops and extended hours for resume review. For details and to register for the job fair and other events, go to the Career section of portal.brooklyn.cuny.edu or call 718 951 5696.
2. Magner Career Center Internship Support: You are also encouraged to work with the Brooklyn College Magner Center, which helps in both internship and job placement. To take advantage of all the Magner Center has to offer, register on the BC portal, https://portal.brooklyn.edu, by clicking on the Career Tab, visit them at 1303 James Hall, call 718-951-5696 or sign up for workshops and jobs. Specific opportunities at the Center include:
1. The Magner Job/Internship Recruitment Program: A comprehensive recruitment Magner Stipend Application Guideprogram for Brooklyn College students in the fall and spring semesters, it is open to all students seeking paid and unpaid internships and/or entry level employment in their career field. Undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni may participate. The program assists students with the creation of a professional resume, the development of effective interviewing skills, and provides access to employers through the web based e-Recruiting program, job fairs and other means. For more information please visit the Magner Center Page on the college website.
2. Internship stipends. The Center offers a stipend program to help afford an unpaid internship or other career experience (student teaching, research and some volunteer experiences qualify). Last year we gave away over $120,000 to students doing unpaid internships. For guidelines on the application, see Magner Stipend Application Guide: Apply on line at: http://tinyurl.com/magnerstipends.
3. Internship Workshop Schedule (http://tinyurl.com/MagnerCenterFall2016Workshop) features a range of informative events from Internships with Social Impact: Government, Non-Profit, Education and Social Services to Secrets of the Highly Successful with BC alumni.
External organizations that assist students with receiving paid internships at http://tinyurl.com/fundinganinternship
Internships 101 Webinar www.tinyurl.com/intern101 is where students can learn everything they need to know about internships.
II. Organizations with Graduate Student International Internships
Below is a list of international organizations with internships. It begins with a spreadsheet listing all organizations, followed by description of specific internship opportunities.
1) Global Experiences, long-standing provider of international internships for university students and recent graduates, I consult universities and colleges on the design and development of customized programs. We partner with over 30 schools worldwide for general affiliations (direct enroll) as well as faculty led programs. I would be interested in learning more about any initiatives with regard to international internships in your department to see if we are able to work together. Customized group programs increase access and affordability of these opportunities. Here is some additional background information about GE in case you are unfamiliar: – Celebrating 15 years since our founding in 2001 by a Fulbright Scholar; 5,000 alumni and 4,000 employers in our network and counting. – 8 overseas locations: Barcelona, Dublin, London, Paris, Florence, Milan, Shanghai, Sydney and 2 domestic location in New York City and Washington DC – Partnership with Gallup Education offering the Clifton StrengthsFinder ™ assessment and Gallup-certified coaching to all interns – Two time winner of the GoAbroad.com Innovation award in the internship program category: Strengths-based Career Development program in 2014 and Project Innovation for entrepreneurial students in Dublin in 2015 – Listed in Forbes as one of the Top 10 websites to find an internship
For more information, the full guideline is here: ge-university-guidebook
If you are thinking of entering the world of diplomacy and public policy, an internship at the United Nations could be the ideal start for you.
The objective of the internship is to give you a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of the United Nations. You will be given a real chance to work with our people. As part of our team, working directly with outstanding and inspiring career professionals and senior management, you will be exposed to high-profile conferences, participate in meetings, and contribute to analytical work as well as organizational policy of the United Nations. Initially you will take on the amount of responsibility you can shoulder; the potential for growth, however, is yours to develop.
- Duration: The internship programme lasts for at least two months and can be as long as six months. Once selected, you must begin your internship either prior to or within one year of graduation.
- Cost: United Nations interns are not paid. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions.
- Visa: You will be responsible for obtaining and financing the necessary visas.
- Travel: You will arrange and finance your travel to the United Nations location where you will be an intern.
- Medical insurance: You will be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship and must show proof of a valid major global medical insurance coverage.
- Confidentiality: You must be discreet and keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and may not publish any documents based on such information.
- Academic Credit: You may get academic credit from your institution of higher education for the internship. Check with your university to confirm their academic credit policy for internships.
The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work. UNICEF is active in various functional areas related to its mandate, which can be categorized in three main pillars: Programme and Policy, External Relations and Operations. Read more about these areas here.
Internships are offered depending on the needs and capacity of offices to receive and supervise interns. Currently available internship opportunities are advertised on the UNICEF employment page.
Our Internship Programme has been revised to broaden the eligibility criteria and introduce the paid modality. You can find out more about what changed here.
To be considered for an internship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years.
– Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
- Be proficient in at least one of UNICEF’s working languages: English, French or Spanish. Fluency in the working language of the office you are applying to is required.
- Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
- Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office; and
- Have no other relatives in the line of authority which that you will report to.
Individuals must demonstrate excellent academic performance through recent university or institution records.
Additional consideration will be given to any past professional experience.
How to Apply
Visit our employment page for a list of available internship opportunities.
All applications must be submitted through the online e-recruitment system. To apply for an internship, open the internship advertisement page and click on the “Apply” button found at the bottom.
Returning applicants who already have a profile may log into the e-recruitment system here.
For more details on the Internship Programme, please see our Internship FAQ page.
4) United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
The purpose of the Internship and Traineeship Programmes at UNITAR is to provide a framework by which individuals from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to UNITAR Programmes where their educational experience and skills can be enhanced through practical work assignments while they provide the Institute with their assistance as qualified individuals specialized in various professional fields.
Initiated and completed during the course of graduate studies (university degree or higher) or post-graduate programmes.
Duration: 1 to 6 months
Assignments are usually on a full-time basis but part-time arrangements may be agreed upon depending on both the requirements of the department/programme and the availability of the intern.
Initiated after completion of graduate studies (university degree or higher) or post-graduate programmes.
Duration : 3 to 12 months
Assignments are usually on a full-time basis but part-time arrangements may be agreed upon depending on both the requirements of the department/programme and the availability of the trainee.
Interns/Trainees are not financially remunerated by UNITAR. They receive a monthly lump-sum to cover transportation.
How to apply
Vacancies are posted on the UNITAR website. Spontaneous candidatures may also be considered. Candidates are encouraged to consult the UNITAR website to familiarize themselves with the programme areas in which they could gain experience if they were selected. A letter of motivation as well as the P11 form or Curriculum Vitae are to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
5) United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Are you dedicated to world development and want to gain practical experience to complement your studies?
Internships at UNDP are a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to acquire direct exposure to UNDP’s work.
Opportunities are available in a variety of areas and every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization. Visit our current vacancies and discover your development internship!
Internships can take place in UNDP Country Offices, at Regional Hubs or at Headquarters in New York. The duration of an internship assignment varies in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. Assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year.
Qualifications & Requirements
Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
As an applicant, you should be able to demonstrate an interest in the field of development and respect the principles of the United Nations Charter and UNDP’s mission. The desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds is an essential part of working in the UN system. You should also be interested in global mobility, as well as adaptability to varied physical and other environments.
Typically, the language requirements are: Applicants should have written and spoken proficiency in at least one, and preferably two of the three working languages used by UNDP: English, French and Spanish. Fluency in Arabic, Portuguese, Russian or Eastern European language is an asset.
UNDP does not pay for internships. The costs associated with the latter must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc.
Further Career Opportunities
The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but, as mentioned, to complement an intern’s studies. However, a number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have gone on to further assignments with the UNDP or elsewhere in the United Nations system.
Where to apply
Selection for internships is fully decentralized within UNDP. All internships are advertised on UNDP’s jobsite at http://jobs.undp.org/.
6) World Policy Institute
Cited by Crain’s NY Business in 2006 as one of the most highly sought-after internships for ambitious students, WPI fielded more than 600 applications in 2013-2014. We hosted 40 interns who contributed brilliantly to our research, communications, development, marketing, public relations, event management, and editorial and online portfolio. Research and advocacy interns worked directly with WPI fellows; editorial interns played a significant role in expanding our multimedia presence, and were instrumental in developing our new weekly podcast series. This year’s interns have hailed from as far away as India, Australia, Pakistan, France, Trinidad, Germany, and Singapore. In addition to interns from each of the Ivy League schools, WPI hosted students from the University of Chicago, Georgetown, Vasser, Oberlin, and Sciences Po Paris, as well as from top New York institutions like NYU, Bard, Fordham, and Columbia. Recent interns have gone on to hold positions in business, policy, and media organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Peace Corps, Time Magazine, ABC, Huffington Post, The Economist, U.S. Congress, and UNDP. For more information and applications, visit: http://www.worldpolicy.org/internships.
7) PEN: PEN America Literary Journal and Chapbook Series
PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.
Past interns have gone on to find work at some of the most prestigious newspapers, advocacy organizations, publishing houses, and magazines in the country, including The New Yorker, Penguin, Story Corps, and the Open Society Foundations.
A minimum commitment of 15-20 hours per week is required. Interns committing to 15+ hours a week may apply for a local travel stipend. Internships last between three and seven months (one or two semesters), giving interns the opportunity to participate in a broad range of programming.
PEN internships are unpaid and eligible for college credit. We discourage simultaneously applying to multiple opportunities, but if you decide to apply for more than one internship, please indicate which one(s) at the top of your cover letter.
Current Opportunities: https://pen.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/
9) Council on Foreign Relations
The CFR Volunteer Internship Program offers an exceptional opportunity for talented individuals who are considering a career in international relations. Our volunteer interns have the chance to interact with experts, scholars, and young, upcoming leaders in the foreign policy field.
Volunteer interns are recruited year-round on a semester basis in both the New York and Washington, DC, offices. Volunteer internships are generally offered in the Executive Office, CFR.org, the Studies Program, Publications, Communications, the Meetings Program, the Corporate Program, and Foreign Affairs publishing. Each semester requires a part-time commitment of at least sixteen to twenty-one hours per week. A volunteer intern’s duties generally consist of departmental support, editing and writing, research, and event coordination.
Current Opportunities: http://www.cfr.org/about/career_opportunities/internships.html
-10) Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. With the leverage this brings, Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.
11) Amnesty International
Amnesty International USA is the global organization’s presence in the United States.
We engage people in the U.S. to fight injustice all around the world, while we also work to protect people’s human rights here in the U.S.
Amnesty International USA has more than a million members and activists in all 50 states, who are part of a larger global movement of 7 million people in 150 countries. We are a democratically governed, grassroots membership organization, which means that our members vote on key policy issues and elect our Board of Directors.
Some of our members are experts on specific human rights issues, parts of the world, or advocacy areas, and they serve as volunteer leaders. Others are volunteer leaders of local Amnesty International groups in towns, universities, states, or regions of the country. Amnesty International USA’s elected Board members, staff, and members work together to lead the organization.
Current Internships: https://careers.aiusa.org/vacancy/find/results/
Synergos works to reduce global poverty by creating, promoting, and sustaining trust and collaboration among business, government, civil society, and marginalized communities. Our programs operate in fifteen countries, tackling issues in which deeper trust and coordinated, aligned action by diverse stakeholders can provide opportunities for individuals and communities to thrive.
There are many volunteer and internship opportunities at Tikkun. We are looking for students and recent college graduates who would like to work on healing and repairing the world now (tikkun olam). Most internships last a minimum of three months (preferably longer), and we prefer applicants who can work fourteen to twenty hours a week. We accept applications on a rolling basis for summer, spring, and fall internships.
Current opportunities: http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/jobs-internships
14) City Internships | Global Internship Program
City Internships runs immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates. They’re designed to expand participants’ horizons and get them job-ready. For each program, on top of hard and soft skill building at weekly career seminars, workshops and networking events, participants undertake an internship placement at one of our partner companies. Students and graduates develop real-world skills, build their professional network and fast-track their career.
· An eight week placement with a leading company – Career seminars, skills workshops & networking events
· Social events & weekend excursions – · Local mentorship & 24/7 support
· Optional accommodation package. – Industry choices: Placements are available in banking and financial services, art, fashion and design, marketing, advertising and PR, consulting and professional services, entertainment, media and journalism, law and politics and lastly, technology and engineering.
Applications can be submitted via: http://www.city-internships.com/apply/
15) The SHRI is a two-week certificate program offering a comprehensive introduction to the theory and application of human rights law. The Institute provides an overview of international law, as well as focused human rights subject lectures, workshops and fieldwork, with Fordham Law faculty and attorneys in public and private practice here in New York. Suitable for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as advanced professionals, the SHRI is open to participants from around the world. All courses and activities are conducted in English — no language assessment is required — and the Center will work with participants to secure necessary visas and other arrangements, as needed.
16) Seeds of Peace
Seeds of Peace is looking for full-time and part-time interns to work with the development, communications, programming, finance, and administration departments of the organization.
Internships are offered for the following periods:
Fall: September through December
Spring: January through April
Summer: May through August
All internship candidates will be considered as part of the general pool and then interviewed and assigned to specific departments as specified by the applicant and as deemed appropriate by the organization.
• Must be current college/graduate student or recent graduate with experience working in an office environment.
• Basic computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel are essential.
• Applicants must have excellent writing and oral communication skills, pay good attention to detail, be very organized, and be independent workers.
• Knowledge of the Middle East/ South Asia preferred, Hebrew, Arabic, Urdu or Hindi a plus.
Applicants who wish to receive academic credit for this internship must make arrangements with their schools. Seeds of Peace is not responsible for acquiring college credit for interns.
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17) GoEco was created by experienced volunteers for people who are eager to travel and contribute to the communities, wildlife and environments they visit. GoEco offers a selection of excellent yet affordable volunteer opportunities for ecologically and socially conscious travelers in more than 30 countries. www.goeco.org
18) Fulbright scholarship
The scholarship Office is looking for high achieving students (junior, seniors, or graduates) to apply for the Fulbright scholarship.
If you are interested in spending a year abroad conducting research, participating in a creative project, or teaching English, this could be an excellent opportunity for you.
If you are interesting in learning more about the program, please consult the website: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html
Please note, if you are a student, Fulbright recommends that you apply through Brooklyn College’s application process
THE FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM U.S. Student Fulbright Grant
* Allows for individually designed study/research or an English Teaching Assistantship You can propose a project and/or study plan that will take place during one academic year in a country outside of the U.S.
* Provides grants for study/research/teaching in a single country (For exceptions, see World Region Summaries) You can meet, work, and live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.
* Facilitates cultural exchange Through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in daily tasks, you can gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.
* Promotes mutual understanding Through engagement in the community, you can interact with your hosts on one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.
Who can apply for a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant?
* Recent BA/BS graduates Graduating seniors and recent bachelor’s-degree recipients usually propose projects for which they have had some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience.
* Master’s and doctoral candidates Will demonstrate capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture, and current events of the countries to which they are applying.
* Young professionals, including writers, journalists, and those in law, business, and other professional fields May have up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience in the field in which they are applying. Those with more than 5 years of experience should apply to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars <http://www.cies.org/> in the Fulbright Scholar Program.
* Artists and musicians Applicants without a bachelor’s degree may substitute at least four years of professional training or experience.
- Idealist: job / volunteer opportunities with a number of non-profit, public service and activism related positions here
- State Department: here
- International Organizations: here
- United Nations: https://jobs.un.org/Galaxy/Release3/vacancy/vacancy.aspx?lang=1200
- Political Job Hunt: http://jobs.politicalwire.com/a/jobs/find-jobs
- International Affairs jobs: website for the entry-level and junior graduate searching for the ideal position http://internationalaffairsjobs.com/~
- International Civil Service Commission:an overview of all the different agencies within the United Nations http://icsc.un.org/joblinks.asp
- Foreign Policy Association: this websiste provides you with an overview of all the different job opportunities within the Foreign Service http://www.fpa.org/
The Koch Associate Program: The Koch Associate Program is a very selective, one year, paid career opportunity for bright, talented young people who are interested in pursuing a career in the non-profit sector. Graduating students often don’t realize the great job opportunities that market-oriented non-profit organizations provide for those interested in advancing the ideas of a free society. The Associate Program is a great way to jumpstart that career, because we help Associates develop the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for a successful future with free-market think tanks, policy institutes, or other non-profit organizations.
While in the program, Associates are placed into a full-time role with a reputable organization where they work four days each week. The positions available to Associates cover various fields such as policy analysis, donor relations, program management, legal reform, public relations, and marketing. A full list of the organizations where Associates work along with some examples of project placements can be found on our website. Then, one day each week, Associates come together in a classroom setting at the Foundation to engage in reading discussions and group projects, network with their peers, listen to guest speakers, and learn how to apply Market-Based Management® in a non-profit setting through interactive exercises and workshops.
Associates range in experience from recent graduates to those with up to ten years of work experience, and they come from diverse fields and academic majors. Project assignments are determined on a rolling basis, so the earlier candidates apply, the sooner they can select their non-profit placement. All applications must be submitted via our website. To learn more about the program and the Foundation, please visit http://www.cgkfoundation.org/.
The Brennan Center for Justice: The Brennan Center for Justice is currently hiring a Research Associate in our Democracy Program. This is an entry-level job that provides great experience for someone who has recently graduated college. The job description can be found at http://www.brennancenter.org/pages/jobs#demra
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA): The Department of Economic and Social Affairs promotes and supports international cooperation to achieve development for all, and assists governments in agenda-setting and decision-making on development issues at the global level. DESA provides abroad range of analytical products and policy advice that serve as valuable sources of reference and decision-making tools for developed and developing countries, particularly in translating global commitments into national policies and action and in monitoring progress towards the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. For more information, go to http://www.un.org/esa/desa/
The American Political Science Association: APSA’s eJobs is a year-round, online resource for political science employment opportunities and job candidates. It contains the most comprehensive online listing of political science jobs, is updated daily with new job listings and candidate resumes, and is fully searchable by field of interest, name of employer/candidate, region, keyword, position, salary, type of institution, and most recent postings. For more information please follow: http://www.apsanet.org/content_2602.cfm
The World Health Organization: WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. For more information please follow: http://www.who.int/employment/profiles/en/
IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, women and youth.
Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $60 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide. IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with our partners in more than 100 countries.
Go to http://www.irex.org/careers and click on Current Openings. Then click on the corresponding position and apply through our website. Please supply a resume and a cover letter with your application.
7. Program Associate, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, an international learned society and policy research center with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, seeks a Program Associate to support its Initiative for Humanities and Culture and associated research initiatives. This is a unique opportunity for a highly motivated individual to play a key role in advancing multidisciplinary projects and studies with some of the country’s leading humanities scholars. The Program Associate may also work on other projects. The ideal candidate will have: A Ph.D. in the humanities; three-five years of relevant project administration experience in a university, foundation, learned society, or non-profit; experience working with senior faculty; knowledge of policy issues in the humanities; strong writing, editing, research, and communication skills; successful grant writing expertise and familiarity with private foundations and other funding sources; and an ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment. For more details and how to apply, go to www.amacad.org/hr/hrPositions.aspx
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