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UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
June 2, 2022
Intern with the Arms Control Association
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Thank you for your interest in joining our team!

The Arms Control Association, established in 1971, is an independent, nonpartisan, membership-based organization based in Washington, D.C. The Arms Control Association is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion. We know that bringing together different life experiences and perspectives stimulates innovation and builds strength. Our effective and creative team needs innovation and strength in our dedicated work to eliminate the threats posed by the world’s most dangerous weapons.

The non-partisan, nonprofit Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C., is seeking applications for an intern to help with the programmatic, advocacy, and outreach activities of the Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction project.

The internship will start Jan. 15, 2024, and run for approximately 16 weeks, concluding on April 29th 2024. Interns are expected to work in person at our Washington, D.C. office.

The intern will work for up to 20 hours per week and be compensated $20 per hour.

Applicants must have the authorization to work in the United States as we are unable to assist in procuring visas or work permits. The Arms Control Association cannot sponsor individuals applying for employment or internships, or otherwise, help applicants obtain visas. Applicants from non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents must show appropriate authorization to work in the United States.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in community organizing and public engagement with Congress and the executive branch on nuclear weapons and arms control issues. Expertise in the field of arms control, nonproliferation issues, or physical sciences is not necessary, but candidates should demonstrate an interest in these issues.

Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction Internship

The intern in this role will have the opportunity to:

  • Assist in research content, writing, and copy editing advocacy materials.
  • Develop skills in planning and implementing an advocacy event in Washington D.C., including scheduling meetings with congressional offices.
  • Copy edit and upload content for the Physicists Coalition’s website and social media.
  • Carry out other tasks assigned by the Coalition’s Policy and Communications Coordinator.

Applicants should:

  • Have completed or be working toward a college degree, preferably in a related field (e.g., International Affairs, Political Science, or Physical Sciences). Students pursuing advanced degrees are also encouraged to apply.

  • Be an effective communicator, both written and oral.

  • Have experience writing in multiple styles and voices (e.g., tweets, blog posts, news briefs).

  • Be self-motivated and detail-oriented, have good organizational skills, and be able to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines.

  • Experience in planning events and scheduling meetings with congressional offices is preferred.

  • Experience using Microsoft Office products and Google Workspace is required. Familiarity with updating web content is a plus.

To Apply
Please send AS A SINGLE PDF your cover letter, resume, 1-2 page writing sample on a public policy topic, and contact information for three references to [email protected] with "Physicists Coalition Internship" in the subject line.

The application deadline is Friday, December 15, 2023.

Contract Summary

This internship is a part-time consultancy position paying $20 per hour for up to 20 hours per week for 15 weeks. Interns will use their personal computer, phone, and internet connection and be available for collaborative work on-site. Working hours will be determined in coordination with supervisor. Interns will be required to download and install security software provided by ACA for the duration of their internship.

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