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The Responsibility to Protect ('RtoP' or 'R2P') is an international security and human rights norm to address the international community's failure to prevent and stop mass atrocities, including genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) is a global network of NGOs dedicated to advancing the norm of RtoP at the international, regional, sub-regional, and national levels. 

ICRtoP works to achieve the following goals:

1. Increase awareness of RtoP among governments, NGOs, UN actors, and the public.

2. Push for international, regional, subregional, and national endorsements of RtoP.

3. Encourage governments, regional and sub-regional organizations, and the UN to build the capacity to prevent and halt genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. 

4. Help build and strengthen global support from governments for RtoP. 

5. Mobilize NGOs to push for action to save lives in RtoP country-specific situations. 

This internship is with the Secretariat of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, hosted by WFM-IGP in New York City. 

ICRtoP is looking for full-time (preferred) or part-time interns for a period of 3-4 months, beginning in early 2018. Please note that this position is unpaid. 


1. Conduct research on ICRtoP-related activities and draft memos

2. Monitor crisis situations and RtoP-related events from around the world, using the information obtained to draft weekly newsletter

3. Update regularly the ICRtoP website, blog, and social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook

4. Attend meetings and workshops with UN delegates and representatives of NGOs and draft reports 5. Monitor events at the UN relating to the protection of civilians and prevention of armed conflict

6. Draft letters to Member States and UN Secretariat

7. Assist with logistics planning for events and travel

8. Undertake special projects and assignments related to the norm of the Responsibility to Protect and the goals of the ICRtoP


1. Advanced undergraduate or graduate student working towards a degree in International Relations, Politics or related field

2. Familiarity with the concept of Responsibility to Protect

3. Excellent written and oral communication, research and writing skills

4. Proficiency using Microsoft Office software

5. Ability to work independently and within the constraints of tight deadlines

6. Previous experience in a nonprofit environment preferred

7. Proficiency in English required, additional language proficiencies are a plus, particularly French or Spanish

8. Interest in WFM and familiarity with the ICRtoP

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, three references and a brief writing sample (3-5 pages maximum) on a related topic. Please include the name of the internship in the subject of the email (if applicable) and in the cover letter. Be sure to indicate your approximate start date as well.

Note: Students in many institutions can obtain academic credit for this internship.

Applications can be emailed to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Applications for this internship are reviewed on a rolling basis. However, we ask that all applications be received by December 1 at 5:00pm EST.

For further information about ICRtoP, please visit No phone inquiries please


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