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.
Internship format: Virtual (Remote) OR In-person (This option is pending University policy)
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-up 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.
Important to note, the intern may also be asked to assist with our thematic work on environment and conflict, peacekeeping, and women and gender-based violence.
Number of Opening(s): 2
Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June 21 – August 13, 2022): 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
- Priority will be given to students enrolled in the Global Studies Islamic Studies Minor.
- For summer 2022, proof of vaccination will be required for all undergraduate travel, with no exceptions. The final decision to proceed with the international learning opportunities is dependent upon factors such as a continued decline in case numbers and increase in vaccinations in specific locations. Policies regarding travel (domestic or international) and international internships will be updated as University policies evolve. Visit Health Alerts for Stanford travelers for the most current travel guidance and restrictions due to COVID-19.
- Travel Reservations Requirement: All interns are required to utilize Stanford Travel, a centralized booking program, when booking air fare, hotels, or rental cars for their internship experiences.
- Students must be enrolled at Stanford in the quarter when they apply for an internship opportunity (Winter), and will need to be enrolled in undergraduate study in the quarter when grant funding is disbursed (Spring). Applicants participating in off-campus Stanford programs are welcome to apply, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to compile, collate, and submit a complete application.
- Internship participants must certify that they are in good academic standing, and may not participate in the program or receive or retain internship stipends if they are on suspension.
- International students must consult with Bechtel about interning in the U.S. or abroad in the summer.
- The Program is open to all undergraduate students. Seniors and coterm students are eligible as long as they do not confer their undergraduate degrees until after they complete their internships to remain eligible.
- Participants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Graduating 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 quarter prior to the internship.
- Interns must commit to full-time work (a minimum of 35 hours per week) for at least 8 weeks.
- To be eligible for a stipend, students must maintain health insurance for the duration of their internship.
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 positions within the program. If you apply more than two positions, we will only accept the first two applications based on the time of your submission.
Stanford reserves the right to cancel or modify any award before or during the internship for any reason, including natural disasters, emergencies, or compliance with the University travel policy at healthalerts.stanford.edu.
For more information, please see Eligibility and Stipend.