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Washington DC Office Interns

Crisis Group’s Washington, D.C. internship program is designed to give current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, the opportunity to intern amongst the government, think tank and NGO community. Whether it is attending a hearing on Capitol Hill, producing multimedia or conducting research for a memo, interns are exposed to the DC policymaking, media and advocacy community on a daily basis. 

At Crisis Group DC, we designed our internship program to reflect our tight-knit office atmosphere. You can expect to collaborate on substantive projects, to interact closely with staff and, in the future to enjoy the same close friendships we have with our previous interns. 

Recognizing an internship as a professional first step, the DC office helps you develop your skills by complementing your daily activities with a unique organized professional development program. Some recent highlights have been networking breakfasts, resume/interview guidance from our HR department, and career Q&As with analysts, on top of an unparalleled introduction to the work of the Washington DC advocacy community.


Student opportunities are highly competitive. All applicants should have a strong academic record (3.0 GPA or better) and possess prior experience in a professional office setting. Interpersonal skills, the ability to write clearly and succinctly, and a demonstrated passion in foreign affairs are required. Applicants who possess foreign language proficiency and previous international residency are highly desirable. 

Internships are unpaid. Positions include a modest stipend and transportation allowance and are located in the Washington, D.C. office. Internships are expected to last six months. Selected candidates must start in accordance with the orientation schedule below:

Training Date
15 March
1st week in July

Please select the internship opportunity for more information regarding that position:

HOW TO APPLY: (Refer to the specific job description for full details)

Please submit your application through the form below and email your resume and one-page cover letter (preferably in PDF format) to The subject line must include the program, session, and year of interest (example: Advocacy [Fall, 2014]). To be considered, applications must be received in full by the following deadlines:

Application Deadline
15 February
1 May

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Due to the volume of intern applications we receive, we ask that you do not follow up with calls or emails concerning the status of your application. We make every effort to complete the selection process within 30 - 45 days of the application deadline. Applications may be distributed to relevant Crisis Group employees for consideration or comment.

For international applicants, the International Crisis Group is not responsible for providing student or work visas; you will need to make your own visa arrangements. 

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