Peace & Recovery Program Internship - IPA

  • United States of America
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Start Date (Earliest):
Length of Commitment:
Less than one year

Globally, most people living in poverty are in fragile states, yet rigorous evidence on how to build peace and stability in conflict and crisis-affected contexts is still limited. IPA established the Peace and Recovery Sector Program (P&R) to generate needed insights and innovation to address this problem. 

P&R develops, implements, and funds groundbreaking research on programs that reduce violence, build peace, and support recovery from conflict or disasters. P&R additionally supports the translating of this research into policy and practice through the dissemination of existing randomized evaluation results and the formation of partnerships with implementing organizations and policymakers in the field.

Position Summary:   

At IPA we are committed to improving lives through research and evidence. We are proud to welcome interns year round to help support our mission. This paid internship program is an opportunity for students and recent graduates like you to gain hands-on professional experience in a truly global organization. In addition to gaining real world experience, you will be exposed to several of IPA’s teams and be able to take advantage of tailored training and development opportunities. 

The Summer 2022 Peace & Recovery Student Intern will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in an organization undertaking and supporting cutting-edge research related to crime, violence, conflict, and forced displacement. They will be mentored by IPA’s Peace & Recovery team, learn about the state of the research in the field, and contribute to the program’s growth. 

This intern will be expected to work between 20-40 hours per week, depending on availability and interest. The pay rate is $15/hour.


Learning opportunities are flexible depending on the candidate’s skills, interests, education, and previous experience. Examples of projects this position may support include the following: 

  • Streamlining of the Peace & Recovery Competitive Fund’s portfolio tracking, including learning opportunities related to information management (e.g. Salesforce)
  • Literature reviews on the state of research in the field
  • Fundraising and policy outreach activities 
  • Supporting the program’s external communications (e.g. website, Twitter, etc.) 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • Currently pursuing or a recent graduate with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in political science, peace and conflict, international affairs, public policy, economics, or a related field 
  • Understanding of the peace and conflict literature and policy environment desired 
  • Ability to closely read, understand, and succinctly summarize rigorous social science research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently 
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus