At Polis Project, we are experimenting, learning, and inventing new ways of presenting facts, research and analysis to a wider audience.We are figuring out how best to take knowledge to the streets, and in that process creating an informed and engaged community of citizens isn’t easy and we are looking for students to work with us.
Currently, we are working on creating a weekly dispatch that places Foreign Policy events within the larger context of history and politics, with the main aim of amplifying voices indigenous to conflict. A place to find opinions, analysis and other reading materials that privileges voices indigenous to conflict, and looks at some of the most important issues affecting our society through the lens of those citizens, and not the state.
The contemporary study, reporting and analysis of International Relations and Foreign Policy are firmly anchored to statist and Eurocentric forms of thinking. This strand of thinking (both intellectual and strategic), replicates antiquated, long-standing ideas of the State, its territoriality and sovereignty. Conventional IR with its focus on great power politics and security often naturalize hierarchies of oppression, violence and inequality and reproduces the status quo.
Realist understandings of power that dominates the study of IR are founded on certain erasures of history and memory that privileges a Eurocentric self. This systematically excludes knowledge production, political structures and histories of the non-European world, in deference to the principles of anarchy. The field itself cannot be separated from colonialism, it’s xenophobic tendencies, subjugation of indigenous people, and the people of the postcolonial nation-states. This predicament shapes not only the field but also international and national politics and policy, but increasingly cloaks questions about, poverty, resistance and powerlessness; and the relative neglect of questions on inequality, violence and unequal justice that underwrite global hierarchies.
We are looking for a team of three students who can act as editors and curators who help:
- Populate the dispatches with a reading list made of books, articles, photo essays and other materials.
- Draft and edit various dispatches blog posts.
- Candidates MUST be students in International Affairs, Political Science, Philosophy, International Law or related areas.
- Have a solid understanding of normative and empirical issues in international relations, global policy, and economics.
- Excellent writing skills; attention to detail; strong Web and electronic database research skills; and excellent familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel.
- Candidates are strongly encouraged to gain a general familiarity with our work.
- Interns must work at least 10 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters and 20 hours/week during the summer.
- Our internships can be undertaken for academic credit, and this is highly encouraged. All interns work remotely and need to check-in via Skype for the weekly conference.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until candidates have been selected.
To apply, please send an email with the subject line: “Internship Application – [LAST NAME].” The email should include a résumé and a cover letter.In the cover letter please be sure to indicate the dates that you would be available. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview and may be asked to provide additional information.
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