3P Human Security
Internship Announcement
Summer 2012

3P Human Security works to open channels of communication between U.S. policymakers and local civil society organizations (CSOs) working to prevent violence and build human security in their societies from the ground-up. We bring the voices of local stakeholders into policy conversations in Washington to foster greater understanding and support for conflict prevention and peacebuilding in U.S. policies.

3P is a program of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. It works in close partnership with the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), and Notre Dame University’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Learn more at: www.3Phumansecurity.org.


3P is looking for a part-time summer Program Assistant to support its work on a range of projects from early June through mid-to-late August. The opportunity to extend the Assistantship through the fall may become available. The Program Assistant will oversee 3P’s online communications, track Congressional activities, research international conflict and peacebuilding-related issues, help organize events, and provide general staff support for 3P’s projects. The ideal candidate will have a strong capacity to absorb and think critically about a high volume of information and communicate ideas clearly and quickly. She or he will be organized and able to manage a wide variety of fast-paced and often shifting programming needs, and understand 3P’s goals enough to help move 3P’s work forward pro-actively.

Educational Benefits:

  • Work at the intersection of the civil society-based international peacebuilding field and policymaking systems in Washington. Learn about U.S. government approaches to stability in conflict-affected regions and how it compares with locally-led citizen-driven approaches to addressing roots causes of violence and poverty. 
  • Connect with 3P’s network of peacebuilding partners from around the world as well as policy organizations in Washington. Learn about 3P’s approach to working collaboratively to engage different parts of the government on issues related to human security, violence prevention, foreign assistance, development aid, and U.S. policies in conflict-affected regions. 
  • Be the focal point for 3P’s communications about important news and issues. Understand the dimensions of messaging and how to talk about peace effectively in a policy context.
  • Attend meetings, briefings, panels, roundtables, and other policy events in Washington.

Early June – late August, 2012, with some flexibility. The option to continue during the fall term may become available.

Part-time, 15 - 25 hours/week, flexible schedule

Program Assistant Responsibilities:

  • Manage 3P’s online communications to keep local and international readers informed about peacebuilding-related policy issues moving in Washington. Take the lead on 3P’s weekly news updates, monthly newsletter, and overall web content to provide timely information about 3P’s issues and activities.
  • Track Congressional activities such as hearings, briefings, letters, bills on peacebuilding and human security-related issues. 
  • Provide general program support for 3P and Alliance for Peacebuilding staff, which may include reporting on meetings, organizing event logistics, and researching international issues and the corresponding landscape of policy positions and discussions in Washington. 
  • Contribute substantively to 3P’s knowledge and programming strategies as it looks for ways to collaborate effectively with partners and maximize its impact on policymaking processes.


  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple assignments. Flexibility to adjust to changing program needs. 
  • Ability to take in a lot of information, think strategically according to 3P’s goals, and synthesize ideas quickly and clearly on paper or in person.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Masters degree or student preferred.
  • International experience a strong plus. 
  • Familiarity with electronic research methods.
  • Enthusiasm for supporting a peacebuilding voice in Washington on key foreign policy issues.
  • Patience, resilience, and optimism.

To Apply:
Send a CV and cover letter to John Filson at john@3Phumansecurity.org

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