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Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

Submissions open: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Application deadline: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 23:59

Host Organization:    Social Science Research Council


Organization Profile:  The Social Science Research Council , a not-for-profit organization devoted to the advancement of social science research and scholarship, is interested in partnering with the Stanford Global Internship Program to host an intern at the SSRC ‘s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) and Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC). CPPF was established in October 2000 to strengthen the knowledge base and analytical capacity of the United Nations in conflicts prevention and management, peacemaking, and peacebuilding. Our team works to support UN policymaking and operations by providing UN decision-makers rapid access to leading scholars, experts, and practitioners outside the UN system through informal consultations, off the record briefings, and commissioned research. The UVC is a research-based program at the SSRC, which aims to strengthen the evidence  base for international conflict studies , as well as catalyze new thinking and research on topics such as the evolution of multidimensional conflict and interventions end them, forced displacement and the politics of return, and emerging conflict actors and war technologies .

City:     Brooklyn

Work description:  

The intern would be assigned to work on CPPF’s policy work for the UN on the Middle East especially issues to conflict dynamics, and prevention. In this capacity, primary responsibilities may include (but are not limited to):

  • Preparing brief literature reviews on new and emerging academic research relating to key developments, political trends, conflicts in the Middle East
  • Assisting with the meeting logistics and preparation of CPPF-UN brainstorming sessions
  • Drafting primers/background notes on specific topics relating to conflict
  • Compiling media round-ups on news relating to the Middle East
  • Identifying experts on the Middle East (based on the U.S and in the field) and draft profiles for each.
  • Conducting library, archival, online, and other research support tasks for related projects (papers, presentations, etc.) as needed.

Number of Opening(s):      1

Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June

22 –August 14, 2020):    Full time, Five days a week.

Work Attire:     Business Casual

Additional desired intern qualification:

  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills.
  • Attention to detail and high degree of professionalism
  • Team player with demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and respond flexibility to changing demands.
  • Strong computer and social networking skills, familiarity with database, web, and blog applications preferred
  • Excellent international and organizational skills
United States of America (Stanford off-campus)
City or Cities: 
New York
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and coterms who are undergraduates in all majors, including undeclared. Coterm students must still have undergraduate status. 
  • Applicants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors must postpone graduation paperwork until the internship ends, but may participate in commencement. For summer graduation requirements, including details regarding enrollment requirements and information about participation in the June commencement ceremonies, students should contact their major department's student services office and Registrar's Office for graduation quarter petition.
  • Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the spring quarter. 

For more internship positions provided by the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program, please see our internship listing

Each applicant can apply for a maximum of two program-arranged positions. If you apply more than two positions, we will only accept the first two applications based on the time of your submission. 

For more information, please see Eligibility and Stipend.

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Stanford Global Studies Internship Program