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– Hans Blix,
former IAEA Director-General

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The Arms Control Association, founded in 1971, is a national nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies. 

All internships require a proficiency in English and a committment of 3-6 months. Applications from non-U.S. citizen/permanent resident applicants are welcome; however, they must show appropriate authorization to work in the United States. The Arms Control Association cannot sponsor individuals applying for internships or otherwise help them obtain visas.

Available 2017 internships include: 

Candidates available full-time (9am-5pm, Monday - Friday) are preferred, but those with part-time availability (20 hours/week minimum) will be considered. This is an unpaid internship. A daily lunch stipend ($10) is provided as is reimbursement for public transportation travel to and from work or work-related events.

Deadlines to apply:

Winter/Spring 2017: January through May; applications requested by Nov. 2.
Summer: June through August: applications requested by March 15. 
Fall: September through December: applications requested by August 15.


Communications, Media, and Marketing Intern

The Arms Control Association seeks a dynamic, engaged candidate to assist with communications, media relations, and marketing efforts. This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain experience with various aspects of communications, outreach to reporters, and marketing with a well-respected organization in the arms control and disarmament field. Expertise in the field of arms control and nonproliferation issues is not necessary, but candidates should demonstrate a commitment to the issues.

Responsibilities:

Assist the communications team with

  • maintaining and leveraging contacts for and outreach to journalists, embassies/missions, event participants and members;
  • drafting and copyediting print and electronic materials, including Arms Control Today articles, blog posts, social media content, press releases, and enewsletters;
  • designing flyers, graphics, and other marketing material for events;
  • uploading and editing of content for the website;
  • Assist with the planning and execution of ACA public and private events, briefings, and meetings; and
  • Other tasks assigned by staff.

Qualifications:

  • Familarity and comfort with various social media platforms and publishing tools;
  • Completed or working toward a college degree, preferably in a related field (e.g., English, Marketing/Communications, Public Relations, or Political Science). Students pursuing advanced degrees are also encouraged to apply;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products and Google Drive required. Experience using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop highly desired. Knowledge of HTML, Drupal CMS, and graphic design is a plus;
  • An effective communicator, both written and oral;
  • Experience writing in multiple styles and voices (e.g., tweets, press releases, blog posts, news briefs); and
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (2-3 pages), and three references to [email protected]


Research Intern

The Arms Control Association seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist with research and analysis. This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain experience with various aspects of the arms control and disarmament field. Expertise in the field of arms control and nonproliferation issues is not necessary, but candidates should demonstrate an intermediate level of knowledge and commitment to the issues.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the research team with conducting online research for written products and analysis;
  • Attend events, briefings, and meetings on behalf of staff and provide notes and analysis of information presented;
  • Monitor and summarize media coverage of certain arms control and nonproliferation issues;
  • Maintain and generate fact sheets on arms control and nonproliferation issues to be used on ACA’s website;
  • Generate blog posts on assigned arms control and nonproliferation topics;
  • Assist Arms Control Today staff with pre- and post-production of magazine, including editing;
  • Write news stories and other written assignments assigned by staff;
  • Assist with the execution of ACA public and private events, briefings, and meetings; and
  • Other tasks assigned by ACA staff.

Qualifications:

  • An appropriate level of knowledge, interest, and commitment to issues related to arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation;
  • Completed or working toward a college degree, preferably in a related field (e.g., Political Science, International Security, Global Affairs). Students pursuing advanced degrees are also encouraged to apply;
  • Computer literate. Knowledge of HTML and Drupal CMS is a plus;
  • An effective communicator, both written and oral;
  • Effective research skills. Familiarity with Lexis Nexis or other research databases a plus;
  • Experience writing in multiple styles (e.g., research papers, blog posts, news pieces); and
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, small writing sample (3-12 pages), and three references (contact information only - letters of recommendation are not required) to [email protected]


ACA, Landmine & Cluster Munition Monitor, and Forum on the Arms Trade Intern Description:

The Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, the Arms Control Association, and the Forum on the Arms Trade are currently looking for an intern to provide support to Monitor Program Manager and ACA Non-Resident Senior Fellow Jeff Abramson working on a range of topics across institutions.

This internship position provides an exciting opportunity to develop research, fact-checking, operational, coordination and networking skills. The intern will be exposed to a wide range of researchers, organizations and individuals – including an international network of campaigners, as well as representatives of governments and international organizations. For more information, review the topics covered on www.the-monitor.org, www.armscontrol.org, and www.forumarmstrade.org.

Responsibilities:

Monitoring and Researching:

  • Analyzing presidential positions on Forum on the Arms Trade-related topics
  • Researching, updating and compiling information including tracking of media
  • Fact-checking Country Profile and other research drafts for factual errors and ensuring publishable quality in terms of style
  • Tracking reports submission and progress throughout the production process
  • Possible opportunities to write news articles or blog posts for all organizations

    Public Engagement, Including Online
  • Drafting content for the Monitor and Forum on the Arms Trade newsletters
  • Updating websites
  • Attending events, briefings, and meetings and provide notes and analysis of information presented
  • Assisting with the execution of public and private events, briefings, and meetings
  • Developing infographics, interactive maps and other data visualizations (if capable)

Qualifications:

Individuals who are studying for or have completed a university degree and who are interested in pursuing a career in campaigning, politics, journalism, international relations or a related field. In addition, the ideal candidates will have:

  • Strong motivation and demonstrate interest in arms control, disarmament, human rights and/or humanitarian issues
  • Strong written and oral communications skills in English
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills as well as attention to detail
  • Very good computer skills, including knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office software (Powerpoint, Word, Excel), use of Google docs, and capability to update websites (advanced skill not necessary)
  • Experience of website content management systems is an asset, as is graphic design
  • The ability to work as part of a team, as well as being proactive and working well under low supervision and to tight deadlines

To Apply: Please email your CV, maximum one-page cover letter, and short writing sample (3-12 pages) to [email protected].


Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship pays a stipend for college graduates to work with DC-based nongovernmental organizations such as the Arms Control Association on arms control, peace, and security issues for six to nine months.

For further information and to apply, please visit http://www.scoville.org.

Posted: April 21, 2016