5 Paid Internships in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

Fund for Peace

The Fund for Peace is a research and educational organization that works to promote peace and sustainable security across the globe. They focus primarily on weak and failing states with the goal of creating tools that local decision-makers can use to mitigate and resolve conflict. Combining social science techniques and information technology, Fund for Peace has developed its own conflict risk measurement software, the Conflict Assessment System Tool. In addition, it annually produces the Failed States Index which ranks 177 countries across a variety of indicators.

Interns are given the opportunity to conduct their own research and gain hands-on skills in international relations and NGO operations. Responsibilities can include researching and writing reports, editing and proofreading, monitoring and updating country-specific data, and assisting with public outreach events. In addition, interns are introduced to the NGO, think tank, and government communities in the U.S. and internationally.

Where: Washington, D.C.

When: Every school semester, including summer. 15-30 hours per week during regular business hours. The length of the internship varies, though they are usually 3-6 months.

Eligibility: Most interns are graduate students or recent post-graduates. Exceptional undergraduate students will also be considered. International students are welcome with U.S. work authorization.

Pay: Stipends of $125/month (part-time) and $250/month (full time) are offered.


Saferworld works to create community partnerships and global policy that builds safe and equitable pathways to address the grievances that drive conflict. They are committed to creating equitable societies in which all members have an equal voice regardless of gender, race, religion, or ethnicity. Their global focuses include arms control, terrorism, forced migration, justice, gender, global policies.

There are no generic internships and posts for specific positions are available on their website. Areas of focus include East Africa, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and South and South East Asia. In addition, there are policy centers in China, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, Vienna, and the United States.

Where: Headquarters in London, UK, positions may be available globally.

When: Saferworld accepts a maximum of two intern at one time. Internships last between 6 and 12 months.

Eligibility: Recent graduates are preferred. National staff are given preference, but foreign nationals may be considered. Proper work authorization is required.

Pay: All positions are paid and the salary is set at an appropriate level depending on the position

International Alert

International Alert is a leading peacebuilding organization with over 30 years’ experience developing grassroots policy solutions to build peace within communities. They work directly with those impacted by conflict work in the UK and through 17 overseas offices to find peaceful solutions to bring people together and build lasting policies. Their areas of focus around the world include community relations, gender, climate change, economic development, natural resource management, crime and violence, and state-citizen relations.

Interns gain knowledge about the operations of an international NGO as well as insight into International Alert’s field operations across the globe. They work closely with experienced staff to develop skills that are essential for a career in peacebuilding or international development. There are no general internships and calls for specific positions are posted on the organization’s website.

Where: Primarily the London, UK headquarters.

When: Typically 9 months, full-time.

Eligibility: Must have the right to work in the UK.

Pay: Current internships pay £14,716 per annum, pro rata (may be subject to change).


Established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the United States Agency for International Development is the leading government agency working to end extreme global poverty and build healthy democracies. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by providing financial assistance in the areas of humanitarian assistance, environmental sustainability, human rights, good governance, global health, food security, conflict prevention, and education in developing nations across the globe.

There are two types of internships offered. The first is designed to allow current students to explore Federal careers while completing their degree. This may lead to a full-time position upon successful completion of your degree. The second is designed to build work experience but will not convert to a full-time job. Most internships are research-based and involve drafting and reviewing documents and attending meetings. Interns typically work in the fields of economic growth, agriculture, education, health, environment, democracy and governance, conflict prevention, and humanitarian assistance. There are no general internships and calls for specific positons are posted online as they become available.

Where: Primarily Washington, D.C.

When: Throughout the year, variable length

Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen and half- or full-time current student (high school, college/university, technical school, or certificate program). Must have minimum GPA of 3.0 and be in good academic standing. Interns must also pass a security clearance.

Pay: Paid and unpaid internships are available. Salary may vary with position.

National Democratic Institute

The National Democratic Institute is a nonpartisan NGO that supports democratic institutions and practices around the world. Since 1983, NDI has worked with local partners to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote peace and openness in government. They have worked in over 130 countries and have over 50 worldwide field offices.

Interns can choose a regional, function, or administrative focus as they gain experience with international development and program design, implementation, and evaluation. In addition to work experience, NDI offer their interns specialized writing workshops, skill-building seminars, job search assistance, in-house training programs, professional development opportunities, and in-house lectures with leaders in the fields. On average, 25% of interns are promoted to permanent positions.

Where: Washington, D.C.

When: 3-6 months

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students as well as early-career professionals. Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Pay: All internships are paid

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