Intern, The International Peace Institute

Center for Peace Operations & Humanitarian Affairs

The International Peace Institute (IPI) seeks qualified applicants for a three-month paid internship, renewable for a total of six months, to work 50% as part of IPI’s Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations and 50% within IPI’s Humanitarian Affairs program.


 The Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations (CPO) responds to the real time needs of IPI’s constituents (the UN Secretariat and member states, regional organizations, and others) to provide timely analysis and convening capacity on key peace operations issues. IPI’s agenda on peace operations includes a wide variety of thematic issues, including the management and organization of peace operations, strategic force generation, integrated mission planning, the use of new technology, capability development, and addressing transnational threats, among other topics. The Center produces research and organizes workshops and policy fora, as well as major seminars and high-level roundtables devoted to various aspects of peace operations. In addition, the peace operations team closely monitors the peacekeeping initiatives, priorities, and documents of UN member states and research institutions. The team stays abreast of policy developments in the Secretariat, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations and the Security Council. The Protection of Civilians (POC) project is part of CPO. It explores the various challenges related to the implementation of protection of civilians mandates in peace operations, both at a policy and practical level. Through research, convening and outreach activities in partnership with the UN Secretariat, Member States and field operations, it seeks to enhance the delivery of POC mandates on the ground.

IPI’s Humanitarian Affairs program aims to open up and protect the space for humanitarian issues in New York, as well as to provide analysis and convening capacity on policies that affect the conduct of humanitarian action on the ground. The Humanitarian Affairs program produces research and organizes workshops and policy fora, as well as major seminars and high-level roundtables devoted to various topics related to humanitarian action. In particular, IPI’s NY office conducts research and organizes events and roundtables around the issue of attacks against healthcare workers and facilities in order to promote and facilitate the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2286. It also focuses on the impact of counterterrorism and sanctions regimes on humanitarian action, the operationalization of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, and on generating attention to the plight of internally displaced people in policy discussions.

Job Description

 The intern will support IPI’s protection of civilians project (50%) and humanitarian affairs program (50%). The intern will gain knowledge and skills from on-the-job experience, with both programs providing guidance and feedback to facilitate the learning process.

Tasks will include

 Support the implementation of IPI’s protection of civilians project;

  • Conduct background research and contribute to drafting analytical reports on issues related to peace operations, and more specifically protection of civilians;
  • Conduct background research to support IPI’s work on humanitarian affairs;
  • Assist with the substantive and technical preparation of IPI meetings, conferences and seminars;
  • Participate in and contribute to interviews, meetings, seminars or workshops;
  • Interact with a broad range of international and regional actors working on these topics at the global level; and
  • Perform various administrative tasks.


  •  Graduate-level coursework in international affairs, political science, international law or a related field with a focus on peacekeeping or peacebuilding, with specific interests in protection of civilians and humanitarian issues is desirable;
  • Outstanding research, analytical, and English writing skills;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Commitment to teamwork and the ability to handle multiple tasks; and
  • Fluency in French is a plus;

Application Process

The closing date for applications is August 4, 2019

Please send to  (“POC & Humanitarian Affairs Internship” as the email subject) the following:

1) Cover letter with current résumé /CV;

2) A short writing sample; and

3) Contact information for three professional references.

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

The Center for Peace Operations & Humanitarian Affairs internship is a full-time position, paid according to an hourly wage. Interns also receive a subsidized MetroCard.


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

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

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