Our Mission: To promote peace and empower young people in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan. EPIC is dedicated to helping people build a more peaceful, sustainable, democratic society in Iraq. We seek to accomplish this by advocating policies that further Iraq’s prospects for peace and democracy, and through youth programs and partnerships in Iraq that engage young people in creating a brighter future. The Need: According to the CIA World Factbook, more than 56% of Iraq’s population is under the age of 25. In war-torn cities like Baghdad, Mosul, and Kirkuk, nearly every resident has experienced traumatic life events such as the violent death of a loved one. A large number of young Iraqis have no immediate prospects and are disenfranchised from the country’s political, economic, and social development. The World Bank states that only 4 in 10 continue their education beyond primary school, and of those who enter the workforce, half are unemployed. Iraq’s stability depends on reversing these trends and creating opportunities for the country’s youth to become a force for positive change. In short, preparing them for the future is the most effective way to support Iraq’s peace and development. Who We Are: EPIC is an independent, impartial 501(c)3 charitable organization founded by concerned Americans in 1998. Based in Washington DC, we work to advance peace and democracy in Iraq through public advocacy, field work, and genuine partnerships with Iraqi civil society and the country’s youth. EPIC is funded by the contributions of private foundations and individuals like you who share our commitment to building a brighter future for all Iraqis. What We Do: As part of a diverse community of stakeholders who are invested in seeing a brighter future for all Iraqis, EPIC creates and promotes opportunities for young Iraqis to contribute to their country’s peace and development. We do this in three ways: (1) Fund, structure, and execute on-the-ground programs that empower Iraqi youth from diverse backgrounds to make a positive difference together; (2) Advocate for U.S. and international diplomacy and assistance for securing peace and building democratic institutions and processes, including efforts to increase government accountability, strengthen civil society, and improve educational opportunities for current and future generations of Iraqis; (3) Facilitate research and information-sharing on developments inside Iraq and on lessons learned and best practices in the fields of peacebuilding, education, and youth development. EPIC is building a community of young people who have been impacted by these programs. Maintaining this network will help EPIC better understand the needs and aspirations of Iraq’s youth by supporting the development of programs that best serve them. We will also gain valuable knowledge and experience about how to advance innovative ideas in the field of education. With this knowledge, we will be able to empower not only Iraqi youth, but the teachers who work to educate and empower these young people everyday.

Current Opportunities for Education for Peace in Iraq Center

Communications Internship (Spring)

Opportunity Type: Internship
Description: Description The Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) is looking for a motivated intern for Spring 2015. The official start date is January 12th and the official end date is May 15th; however, if you are a student these dates can be negotiated to match your university’s schedule. While we prefer full-time interns, part-time interns may be accepted based on availability. As we work to implement our youth and peacebuilding initiatives in Iraq, our interns work closely with our Executive Director in Washington, D.C. to carry out and maintain the necessary advocacy, research, fundraising, and administrative frameworks for those projects. The Communications Intern will work to build a community of support for EPIC’s projects and advocacy work. The Communications Intern will be responsible for: Helping develop and execute a winning communications strategy, including the creation of dynamic and engaging written and multimedia content for EPIC’s website, blog, social media platforms, and email communications; Assisting with marketing and coordination for the EPIC campaign to promote a clear, long-term U.S. strategy for peace in Iraq; Growing EPIC’s base of support through effective outreach and communications; Researching the Administration’s policies towards Iraq and political and social developments on the ground in Iraq; Coordinating and promoting fundraising activities through online platforms to support our projects in the field; and Providing EPIC with general operational support – we can’t do the work we do in Iraq without making sure the filing is done in DC. This is a great opportunity to learn about the real impact that nonprofits can have. If you’re looking for a challenging internship where you’ll see the results of your work, EPIC is the place for you.

How to apply Please send a resume or CV, a cover letter, and a writing sample to taif@epic-usa.org. Please include the title of the internship in the subject line. Preference will be given to recent grads and grad students, but undergrads are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

Education for Peace in Iraq Center
900 2nd Street NE 216
Washington, DC 20002