Intern, Stimson Center

Smart Coalitions and Global Governance Reform Project

In seeking to advance the analysis and recommendations of the Albright-Gambari Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, the Stimson Center’s Just Security 2020 Program (JS2020) aims to build a more capable United Nations and other global institutions to better cope with existing and new global challenges, in the face of growing mass violence in fragile states, the threat of runaway climate change, and fears of devastating cross-border economic shocks and cyber-attacks. Effective problem solving requires both global collaboration and attention to serious deficits of justice as well as security, to create what we call “just security.” In 2020, the program will give special attention to influencing the preparations, including the political declaration, for the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the United Nations (UN 75) Leaders Summit, planned for September 2020 in New York.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research, analysis, writing, and editing.
  • Conduct interviews with former and current campaigners, and other select UN officials such as representatives of the coalition of states, Alliance for Multilateralism.
  • Support UN2020 with organizing events, policy dialogues, and attend meetings with the UN@75 Office, UN Member States and at the General Assembly.
  • Participate in bi-weekly calls with the Stimson Center team and participate in the monthly UN2020 coordination group call.

Generally, strong candidates for this position will have the following qualifications:

  • Interest in the United Nations, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, climate governance, economic globalization, cyber-security, and multidisciplinary approaches to security and justice challenges.
  • Strong research and analysis skills, including writing and editing. The completion of the Research Design and Data Collection course will be regarded as an advantage.
  • Proactivity (spirit of initiative) and excellent attention to detail.
  • Have part-time availability (10-15 hours per week) and work remotely from New York.

This is an unpaid remote research volunteer position. The Stimson Center will provide official certification upon completion of the project. The student might also have the opportunity to attend (contingent to availability of funding) the Civil Society NGO Forum in New York (May) and the UN 75 San Francisco Global Forum (June).

How to apply?

Please send your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in the project to

The deadline to apply is 1 December 2020.