The International Crisis Group is an independent organisation working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world. It combines expert field research, analysis and engagement with policymakers across the world in order to effect change in the crisis situations on which we work. This position will specifically be with the Future of Conflict (FoC) program, a cross-cutting program based in New York. FoC focuses on three issues – climate change, digital technologies, and the global economy – that are redefining the conflict landscape.
The intern would assist in a variety of research projects related to how technology, climate, and the global economy affect conflict. Specific needs will vary, but in general will involve the following tasks:
• Monitoring relevant global developments, such as extreme weather events, via online sources;
• Writing backgrounders on relevant literature and producing case studies to contribute to reports, briefings, and visual explainers on specific themes and conflicts;
• Coding and classifying news articles, social media posts, and other material for content and sentiment, in preparation for quantitative analysis;
• Supporting the production of data visualizations and statistical analyses;
• Assisting in editing reports and briefings on conflict issues by FoC staff;
• Preparing advocacy and research materials and note-taking for relevant events and meetings.
• Good writing, research, and organizational skills;
• A background in political science, economics, data science, public policy, sociology, or a related field;
• Fluency in verbal and written English; a working knowledge of Spanish is an asset.
• Experience with Excel (especially in collecting or working with social science data).
• While not required, some experience with data visualization and/or statistical analysis (using programs like R, Stata, or Python) is a plus.