Stimson Center Powering Peace Program Internship Spring 2023 – Washington, DC, USA

Powering Peace Internship

The Henry L. Stimson Center, a nonpartisan public policy research institute committed to finding and promoting practical and innovative solutions to national and international security challenges, seeks an energetic and creative individual to assist with the daily operations in Stimson’s Powering Peace initiative.

Stimson offers unique internship opportunities based on the values of education, participation, and hands-on practical knowledge. Based on the Center’s commitment to professional development, expectations for interns are high. In return, interns can expect a challenging environment that will prepare them for full-time employment in a professional setting.

Powering Peace seeks to identify opportunities for renewable energy within UN field missions and to address the links to longer-term goals in fragile states. The goal is to modernize peace operations and foster new clean energy investment as a form of peacebuilding. We seek to facilitate a shift toward clean energy throughout the UN system, and with it, improved security and safety, long-term cost savings, efficiency, and introduction of energy infrastructure to areas most in need.

An internship with the Powering Peace team offers a unique opportunity to build upon and apply educational and other experience by carrying out policy research and participating in the development of practical approaches to these challenging issues.


Responsibilities of the Program’s intern include:

  • Undertaking research on the impact of climate change on countries which have a UN Peacekeeping Mission presence.
  • Finalizing and maintaining the Powering Peace data dashboard on energy access in countries hosting peacekeeping missions.
  • Provide research assistance for program staff on projects and initiatives, including, but not limited to:
    • Lessons Learned on the use of renewable energy, primarily solar, at UN peace operations and surrounding communities.
    • Assessing and analyzing opportunities for the program with climate finance actors
  • Conduct regular issue and media tracking of developments regarding renewable energy use by UN and other international organizations;
  • Attend (virtually) and report on seminars and conferences;
  • Write memos, briefings, and summaries on key issues and internal meetings; and
  • Assist in the coordination of program events.

Stimson Center Powering Peace Program Internship Spring 2023 – QUALIFICATIONS

  • A strong interest or academic background in international relations, the dynamics or energy resources, and climate security
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high-quality work in both research and administrative tasks;
  • Flexibility to work effectively both as part of a team and independently
  • Excellent analytical, research, writing, and communication skills; and
  • Demonstrated interest in security and climate change and related issues


Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing or work samples as part of your application in a single PDF document.

Spring 2023: Powering Peace Program Internship – Washington, DC | Deadline to Apply: November 23, 2022