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Research Intern: Post-Conflict Natural Resource Management

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), a non-profit policy research and education organization, seeks an off-site intern to conduct research and assist in editing on a global project to strengthen post-conflict peacebuilding through natural resource management.

The project is a joint effort of ELI, the UN Environment Programme, McGill University and the University of Tokyo. It examines the role that effective natural resource management plays in assisting in processes for disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants; reintegrating refugees and displaced persons; meeting basic human needs for people in post-conflict societies, including food, water, shelter, and livelihoods; addressing grievances that may have contributed to the conflict (such as access to land); and providing opportunities to build confidence among former combatants. The project compiles lessons learned from more than 200 authors into six edited volumes of case studies and thematic analyses. More information is available at http://environmentalpeacebuilding.org/. Interns may also have the opportunity to assist with research on how development institutions can operationalize lessons learned from the Post-Conflict Natural Resource Management Project in fragile states in Africa.

The intern will conduct library and internet research, review and summarize scholarly material, assist with editing and publishing the six volumes and perform various administrative tasks. Interns may also have the opportunity to assist with drafting material to be included in the book chapters.  

Interns may also be asked to assist with the management of the Environmental Peacebuilding Online Knowledge Platform and Community of Practice. Tasks may include researching content (news, publications, events etc.) and posting to our website, developing original content (blogs, policy briefs) for the site, and assisting in the production of our biweekly email newsletter,Environmental Peacebuilding Update. Interns may perform communications work including managing social media accounts and working to publicize events and publications.

The internship is off-site, and most work will be conducted remotely. However, candidates in the Washington, DC area may have the option to work on-site for a limited number of hours each week.

Candidates should:

  • Possess superior research, writing, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Have a strong desire to gain knowledge of the environmental field, as well as interest in natural resource management and/or peacebuilding
  • Be focused, independent, reliable, and meticulous
  • Be available to work at least 20 hours per week on the project

Familiarity with communications, web design, and graphic design are helpful but not required. Fluency in French or Spanish is also a plus.

A strong academic background is required, but specific environmental experience is not mandatory. Undergraduate, law, and master's students are encouraged to apply. Compensation is not available.

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. We are seeking candidates who are available to start work as soon as possible, but there is no fixed start date. Interns are asked to commit to work for a minimum of 3 months.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and 3-5 page analytical writing sample to internsearch@eli.org. The writing sample may be an excerpt from a longer work.

ELI is an equal opportunity employer strongly committed to achieving an inclusive, diverse workforce that values every individual. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.