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OPPORTUNITIES AT WPI

Cited by Crain's NY Business in 2006 as one of the most highly sought-after internships for ambitious students, WPI hosts 40 interns each year who contribute brilliantly to our research, communications, development, marketing, public relations, event management, and editorial and online portfolio. Research interns work directly with WPI fellows, while editorial interns play a significant role in expanding our multimedia presence. Last year's interns hailed from as far away as Nepal, Russia, Sudan, France, China, Azerbaijan, and Singapore. Recent interns have gone on to hold positions in business, policy, and media organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Peace Corps, Time Magazine, ABC, Huffington Post, The Economist, U.S. Congress, and UNDP.



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WPI RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP

The Internship Program at the World Policy Institute offers advanced undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical experience in policy research and advocacy on international issues by assisting with research for the Institute's senior fellows and staff, and assisting with a variety of tasks involved in the operations of a respected center for innovative policy leadership. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Internship duties vary but may include the following:

  • Assisting senior fellows and Institute staff with project and program-related research and development, including participating in staff meetings on planning, processes and coordination; supporting the grant application and proposal process; individual donor and foundation research, etc.
  • Liaising with partner institutions
  • Managing individual donor communications, including assisting with campaigns, donor/member solicitation/acknowledgements and tracking contact information and conversations.  Familiarity with Salesforce.com for Nonprofits is highly desirable.
  • Event research, development and logistical support, including:  partner, sponsor and venue identification;  editing and some design of invitation text/format; liaison with partners and speakers; promotion to monthly event calendars; targeted promotion to relevant WPI/WPJ constituents and stakeholders; targeted promotion to partners, co-sponsors, media and other interested opinion leaders.
  • Assist with general office operations
  • Attend relevant events and report on them
  • Event coordination and staffing

QUALIFICATIONS:

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a graduate or advanced undergraduate student, and have a demonstrated interest in strategic organizational issues as well as global public policy issues such as migration, citizenship, climate change, technology, economic development, human rights, and counter-terrorism.
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Balance a desire to learn, take initiative and suggest better practices with a willingness to take constructive feedback and guidance.
  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoy working in a highly autonomous environment.
  • Be a good communicator and team player.
  • Strong writing and research skills; must be able to digest large amounts of information into clear points
  • Be able to multi-task, be extremely organized and have a meticulous attention to detail.
  • The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with strong interpersonal skills who is well organized, attentive to detail, and willing to participate in a variety of tasks as needed.
  • A keen interest in the Institute’s mission and body of work and an awareness of current events are essential. 

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WPI COMMUNICATIONS / MEDIA STRATEGY INTERNSHIP

In addition to our programs and the Journal, the Institute is developing multimedia capabilities designed to aid our mission to engage with, and elevate young, global voices. We are currently seeking a Communications Intern to work directly with Institute Directors and Journal Editors to develop and implement a cohesive media strategy, and help manage the quality of the Institute’s external communications to ensure that it is in line with our brand.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The responsibilities and tasks of the communications intern include but are not limited to:

  • Compiling and editing weekly e-newsletters
  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Director of Programs on new ideas and directions in communications, marketing and promotional efforts
  • Editing and posting content to WPI’s  website (including enhancing, altering, and resizing photographs and images to be used in action alerts and other various materials for WPI), as well as maintaining project updates and events, integrating new technologies as needed
  • Conduct website and online portal maintenance, as well as content analysis
  • Help to build the organization's social media presence
  • Monitor news related to WPI’s work, helping to identify news opportunities for WPI
  • Conduct media tracking, including gathering and analyzing web statistics to identify how users are accessing and using the WPI website
  • Analyze website and social media metrics using Google Analytics and HootSuite, providing detailed reports and making recommendations on content improvement
  • Conduct media research as well as research on social media presence and web sites of similar international nonprofit organizations
  • Research search engine optimization opportunities
  • Work in accordance with the mission, goals, values, and strategic direction of WPI

QUALIFICATIONS:

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a graduate student studying public or non-profit management, and have a demonstrated interest in strategic organizational issues as well as global public policy issues such as migration, citizenship, climate change, technology, economic development, human rights, and counter-terrorism.
  • Demonstrated use and comfort navigating Web 2.0 sites and tools, including blogs, social networks, video and photo sharing, etc.
  • Experience with Drupal a plus
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Some experience with social media management, and some web administration experience
  • Balance a desire to learn, take initiative and suggest better practices with a willingness to take constructive feedback and guidance.
  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoy working in a highly autonomous environment.
  • Be a good communicator and team player.
  • Be able to multi-task, be extremely organized and have a meticulous attention to detail. 

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COMPENSATION, TERMS, & DEADLINES

COMPENSATION:

Internships are unpaid. Course credit is available and hours are flexible. Candidates should expect to be in the office 3 days per week. 

INTERNSHIP TERMS AND DEADLINES:

The terms of this internship are flexible and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

TO APPLY FOR A WPI INTERNSHIP:

Applicants should mail the following information:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter [in the body of your e-mail]
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • Availability

PLEASE SEND ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS TO:

internships@worldpolicy.org

Alternatively, applicants may email the above information to the following address:

Internship Coordinator
World Policy Institute
108 West 39th Street, Suite 1000
New York, NY 10018

In the subject line of your e-mail, please state the specific internship position you are applying for as well as the semester you plan on interning (ex: "Research Internship - Spring 2014").

Please do not contact us by telephone. Because of the volume of applications, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

Your ability to pay attention to detail will be judged in part by how well you follow the application instructions.

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ABOUT WORLD POLICY JOURNAL

World Policy Journal, one of the leading US publications in global affairs, is seeking editorial interns beginning September 2016. Interns will have broad editorial responsibility contributing to World Policy Blog, assisting in the production of the quarterly print magazine including researching and designing visual elements, and assisting the Editor, Christopher Shay, who has had wide experience as a foreign correspondent for Time, Al Jazeera America, and The Phnom Penh Post.

The Journal’s pages are distinguished by articles written in a lively, non-academic style, coming from strong points of view that transcend the traditional foreign-versus-domestic policy divide. It runs policy articles that present a well-supported argument and offer provocative policy recommendations; essays that consider (and reconsider) such issues as immigration, exile, and ethnicity; articles that provide insight into a historical era, event, or person; and articles that illuminate cultural change and cross-cultural influences; profiles that comment on the political or cultural context of which the subject is a part; book reviews; and reportage from regions or on subjects not widely covered in the general media.

World Policy Journal is the flagship publication of the World Policy Institute, a non-partisan source of informed policy leadership for more than four decades, develops and champions innovative policies that require a progressive and global point of view. In an increasingly interdependent world, WPI focuses on complex challenges that demand cooperative policy solutions to achieve: an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, engaged global civic participation and effective governance, and collaborative approaches to national and global security.

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WPJ EDITORIAL INTERNSHIP

RESPONSIBILITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS:

Editorial interns will be charged with recruiting writers for the website and magazine, editing material for print and online, and writing for the website. Accordingly, successful candidates will have a broad interest and academic training in international relations, global issues, and current events. They will also have editorial experience and a basic knowledge of social media. Foreign languages are desired, but not mandatory.

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COMPENSATION:

While this will be an unpaid position, we are prepared to assist students in obtaining academic credit for the experience. Candidates should expect to be in the office 3-5 days per week. 

TERMS & DEADLINES

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

TO APPLY FOR A WPJ INTERNSHIP:

Applicants should mail the following information:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Time frame of desired internship

Should you be selected for an interview, you will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation.

PLEASE SEND ALL EDITORIAL APPLICATION MATERIALS TO:

jarombek@worldpolicy.org

Alternatively, applicants may mail the above information to the following address:

Laurel Jarombek
World Policy Journal
108 West 39th Street, Suite 1000
New York, NY 10018

Please do not contact us by telephone.  Because of the volume of applications, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

As with any job application, successful cover letters must demonstrate familiarity with our work and a clear sense of how the candidate is prepared to contribute. Your resume may be fabulous in general, but we are only interested in why you would be fabulous for us in particular.

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