Interested in interning for Genocide Watch?

Genocide Watch, Inc., the world’s first anti-genocide NGO, and the founder and Chair of the Alliance Against Genocide, offers unpaid internship positions for current students and recent graduates every Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Genocide Watch works from offices in the affiliated School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution of George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, near the Virginia Square Metro-GMU stop on the Orange and Silver Lines, making it unnecessary for interns to own a car.


The archive is the deepest in the field and has received over 70 million hits from 2000 through 2016. It is relied on by genocide scholars and activists around the world. Since 2016, Genocide Watch has used its new website ( to better connect website users to Genocide Watch’s social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.

Genocide Watch interns attend meetings in Washington, DC with other NGOs and government officials. They also attend programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Woodrow Wilson Center and other think tanks.


Genocide Watch offers the following three internships:

1. Legal Associate

2. Webmaster and Early Warning Analyst

3. Alliance Against Genocide Coordinator and Early Warning Analyst


Internship schedule:

The Genocide Watch office at George Mason University’s Arlington, Virginia campus is open on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the school year, internships have hours and start dates depending on the intern’s internship program and course schedule. The Winter term internship is intended to fill the period from the end of the Fall semester to the beginning of the Spring semester, from mid-December to the third or fourth week of January, with a break for the week of Christmas and New Years.

Application deadlines:

○ Winter (December 2018 – January 2019): December 20, 2018

○ Spring (January – May): January 25, 2019

○ Summer (May – Aug): April 30, 2019

○ Fall (August – December): September 1, 2019

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit the following by the deadline for the term for which you are applying:

○ Cover letter

○ Short writing sample (2-5 pages – an excerpt from a longer paper is fine)

○ Resumé, including foreign language skills

○ Transcripts (may be unofficial)

○ Recommendation letter(s) (optional)

Applications should be emailed to Dr. Gregory Stanton at In your subject line please put your name as well as “Website Builder and Early Warning Analyst ” or “Legal Associate” or ” Alliance Against Genocide Coordinator” or simply “Internship” if you are interested in any open internship. Questions may be directed to

Interns are selected based on language and computer skills, work experience, academic performance and enthusiasm for promoting Genocide Watch’s mission. Interns may apply for one of the accredited internship programs that give academic credit for their work, or Genocide Watch will cooperate with colleges, universities, or professional schools for graded academic credit. Genocide Watch will contact applicants to schedule interviews, if possible by Skype.

 1. Legal Associate

Genocide Watch has been asked by American leaders and the Dutch government to coordinate an international effort by distinguished jurists and policy makers to bring leaders of ISIS to justice.  The Legal Associate will assist Professor Stanton in organizing this effort.


○Contact international jurists willing to work on the project, develop relationships with other organizations working on the project and maintain a network for communications among them.

○Draft plans, proposals and working papers for the project.

○Participate in regular contacts with Iraqi officials working on bringing ISIS to justice.

○Set up meetings for the participants, facilitate their contacts with government and UN officials, and members of the Genocide Working Group.

○Arrange and attend meetings with Congressional offices, State Department, and National Security Council officials or their staffs.

The cooperating organizations in the project will divide up its tasks. The Legal Associate may draft legal documents outlining the case against ISIS, how to bring ISIS combatants to justice , and what steps need to be taken to gain the support of the members of the UN Security Council for .


○ Ideally a law student, preferably in the second or third year, or a law graduate or a student in a program for the LLM. If you are applying for the Legal Associate position, please include any legal training or experience that you may have in your application resumé and letter.

○ Ability to work independently and take initiative.

○ Excellent legal research and writing skill.

○ Excellent attention to detail and organizational skill.

○ Efficient work ethic.

Credit for the internship can be arranged with the intern’s law school. Candidates who have finished law school and have interned with an international tribunal should highlight those facts in their applications. Law students in their second or third years may also be qualified for this position.

If the intern is enrolled in law school, the expected hours will be adjusted to fit the student’s class schedule.  Genocide Watch is currently unable to promise remuneration for this internship.


2. Webmaster and Early Warning Analyst

The Webmaster will focus on maintaining Genocide Watch’s website: , including maintaining the social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Early Warning Analyst will draft Genocide Alerts and Update Country Reports.


○ Add daily news articles to the Genocide Watch website;

○ Update Country Reports for the Countries at Risk Report;

○ Draft Genocide Alerts on situations at risk of genocide or other crimes against humanity. The Alerts are published on the websites, are sent to members of the Alliance, and are sent directly to key policy makers in the US, UK, French and other governments on the UN Security Council, to key UN officials such as the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide, and to Members of the United States Senate and Congress.

○ Maintain all social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and update them regularly.

○ Update Country Reports, which are the basis of Genocide Watch’s annual Countries at Risk Report.


○ Ability to work independently and take initiative.

○ Experience with high-level internet research.

○ Knowledge of social media platforms and Microsoft Office.

○ Experience with WIX is a plus, but training will be provided.


3. Alliance Against Genocide Coordinator and Early Warning Analyst


○The Early Warning Analyst will work with the Webmaster in posting articles to the website and in updating Country Reports.

○The Alliance Coordinator will contact members of the Alliance Against Genocide and develop stronger communications among Alliance members.

○The Alliance Coordinator will post communications from Alliance members on the appropriate pages of the website.


○ Interest and experience in non-profit management and operations.

○ Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.

○ Excellent spoken and written communication skills.

○ Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and ability to learn basic accounting programs.


In the coming months, Prof. Gregory Stanton, President of Genocide Watch, will concentrate on completion of a short textbook for secondary school students, entitled The Ten Stages of Genocide. His ten stage model of the genocidal process is already paradigmatic in many secondary school curricula in the US, Rwanda, and other countries. It is hoped that Dr. Stanton’s forthcoming short textbook will be adopted in many states, translated into numerous languages, and distributed free on the internet. Interns may be involved in some of the research and business arrangements for publication of the book.