Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI2)

Student Opportunities


International Crisis Group Internships

The International Crisis Group is a transnational non-profit, non-governmental organization that carries out field research on violent conflict around the world and advances policies to prevent, mitigate, or resolve conflict. Its staff of 110 people, drawn from diplomacy, media, the academy and civil society, are based in advocacy centres and field offices around the world. 

The International Crisis Group is offering two unpaid internships for Brown University Students for Summer 2019 in their New York office. For more each information, please visit the links for each position: 

1. Development Intern

2. UN Advocacy Volunteer

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Seth Stulen at seth_stulen@brown.edu by April 7th.


NeedsList Internship 

NeedsList is a needs registry for disaster relief and humanitarian aid, which aggregates needs from nonprofits, matching them with corporate resources to increase the speed, efficiency, and transparency of crisis response.

This organization is currently offering an undergraduate internship for Summer 2019 titled: Developer for innovative model of humanitarian aid. This internship is geared towards students studying Computer Science who are also interested in humanitarian work. 

For more information and to apply, click here


Project HOPE Internships 

Project HOPE is an international health care organization located in Bethesda, Maryland. Its teams work in over 25 countries around the world, respoding to crises, helping people overcome diseases, and empowering health care workers with the training and tools they need to save more lives. Project HOPE works with health care workers and their communities, focusing on improving maternal, neonatal, and child health, as well as fighting infectious and non-communicable diseases, and responding to disasters and health crises. 

Project HOPE has developed four internship placements for Summer 2019 that are open for Brown University Students. For more information please visit the links for each position: 

1. Business Development Internship 

2. Program Monitoring and Evaluation Internship 

3. Brand Marketing Intern 

4. Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Program Internship 

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Seth Stulen at seth_stulen@brown.edu. The application deadline for this opportunity has passed. 


Americares Internship 

Americares is a non-profit disaster relief and global health organization based in Stamford, CT. It works to provide immediate response to emergency medical needs and supports long-term health care initiatives for people in both The United States and around the world.

Americares is currently offering an Executive Office intern position for Summer 2019 and is encouraging Brown undergraduates to apply. In this position, interns will support the work of the Executive Office, working with the leadership (and CEO) of the organization.

To apply, submit application materials on both Handshake and on the organization's external website.  

Application deadline: April 30, 2019. 


Refugee Dream Center Internships

The Refugee Dream Center is a post resettlement refugee agency located Providence, RI. It offers services targeting gaps within the refugee community by ensuring continuation of services in their efforts towards self-sufficiency and integration. The Refugee Dream Center does referrals, social level assistance, and skills development such as English language education for adults, health promotion and cultural orientation, youth mentoring, and case management. In addition, the Refugee Dream Center is a strong advocacy agency for the rights of refugees.

The Refugee Dream Center is currently looking for volunteers to help teach ESl classes for refugees. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email refugeedreamcenter@gmail.com. 


    HIStudent Interest Form 

    If you are a Brown or RISD student interested in the work of the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI²) and looking for potential internship and research opportunities with the Initiative or with any of our partners, please fill out this form to let us know of your interests. You can visit our website to learn more about our ongoing research and training programs as well as view the profiles of our global advisory board, affiliated faculty, and fellows. HI² will take on the role of facilitating these connections with the appropriate point person. We look forward to hearing from you! Student Interest Form >


    Humanitarian Action Working Group

    The Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI²) at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs is excited to announce the creation of a working group focused on addressing pressing global humanitarian challenges. The working group is open to Brown University graduate students and will be primarily student run with support and direction offered by HI². Contextually grounded humanitarian challenges will drive the focus and work flow of the group. As a means of tackling an identified humanitarian challenge, specific assignments will be generated by and/or presented to the members of the working group, who will then decide how best to complete the assignment either as smaller teams or as a collective group.