Internship Opportunity: Search for Common Ground

PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is listed for reference only. The deadline to apply has passed.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Internship - unpaid

Location: Washington, D.C.

Sector: Non-profit, International Affairs

Start Date: Spring 2020

Wage or benefits: Unpaid

Time Commitment: Up to 40 hours per week for at least 8 weeks

Desired Class Year: Open to all class years including recent graduates

Desired Major or Interest: Current student or recent graduate with a degree in International Relations, Conflict Studies, Development, or a related area

Application Deadline: November 5, 2019

Organization website:

Brief Description of the organization:

Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC, Search's mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. With a total of approximately 800 staff worldwide, Search implements projects from 54 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

Brief Description of the Intern's role or key qualifications:

The Global Affairs and Partnerships (GAP) team at Search for Common Ground (Search) is seeking an intern for the Spring 2020 to provide research and administrative support to the organizations overall fundraising and knowledge management activities. GAP helps advance Search's peacebuilding mission by contributing to fundraising, organizational partnerships, project design, and proposal development for global programs.

Program development interns play a critical role in Search's peacebuilding programs through fundraising from governments, multilateral organizations, and foundations, and the design of new programs in coordination with our regional teams.


  • Assist with the development of global partnerships, project designs, and proposals
  • Conduct research related to fundraising from bilateral governments, multilaterals, and foundations
  • Identify and research opportunities for new program development and partnerships
  • Represent Search at relevant meetings and events in Washington, D.C.
  • Develop and update knowledge management tools and resources, such as capacity statements, fundraising analysis and strategies, and more

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position-holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.


You meet the following qualifications:

  • Current student or recent graduate with a degree in International Relations, Conflict Studies, Development, or a related area
  • Written and spoken fluency in English
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, Internet Search Engines)

The ideal candidate will further exhibit:

  • A self-starting, enthusiastic, and flexible approach to the organization and the position
  • Experience in foreign policy, fundraising, and peacebuilding
  • Demonstrable interest in creating partnerships with other organizations, policymakers, and donors to advance peacebuilding
  • Experience in business development or with donor agencies
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and tight deadlines

How to apply:

To apply, interested candidates should send a cover letter, current resume, and two page writing sample to our employment portal here:

We are looking to fill this position with the right candidate. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

This is an unpaid internship from outside the Rockefeller Center. Such opportunities are posted in an effort to help students find a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization.