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Research Intern, Post-Conflict Naturl Resource Management- Washington DC

Organization: Environmental Law Institute

Position Title: Research Intern: Post-Conflict Natural Resource Management Project

Location: 2000 L Street NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC, 20036, US

Hours and Compensation: 20 hours/week, unpaid

Application Deadline: October 13, 2013

Dates: October 21- February 28


Organization Overview

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), a non-profit policy research and education center, seeks a Research Intern to conduct research and assist in editing on a global project to strengthen post-conflict peace-building through natural resource management.

The project is a joint effort of ELI, the UN Environment Programme, 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 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. There are both full and part-time positions available. The internship is primarily off-site.


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 peace-building
  • Be focused, independent, reliable, and meticulous
  • Be available to work at least 20 hours per week on the project

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.

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter, resume (include overall GPA) and 3-5 page writing sample to Gwendolyn Brown ( with the internship title in the subject line. The deadline is October 13, 2013. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the deadline, with preference given to early applicants.

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