Early Warning Project


The Early Warning Project is a joint initiative of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College.

The ultimate goal of this project is to contribute to the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. While our system highlights and analyzes those cases where mass atrocities are currently ongoing, we seek to shine a light and spark discussion on those cases where mass atrocities have not started, but where risks are detected. 

As the first public early warning system for mass atrocities, this project aims to provide governments, civil society groups, and other influential actors early and reliable warnings of mass atrocities and, as a result, greater opportunities to take preventive action.


The intern will work with Professor Ben Valentino and the Simon-Skjodt Center research team on a variety of projects and activities related to genocide prevention and response, including research, policy outreach, education initiatives, and administrative support.

Specific intern assistance tasks will be varied, often including preparing short summaries of scholarly literature, monitoring and summarizing news developments in countries at high risk of mass atrocities, conducting literature reviews, preparing detailed notes from interviews and other meetings, and drafting blog posts and rapporteur's reports.

The intern will assist with research support to the Early Warning Project, including analyzing variables used in the risk assessment and assisting data fellows in preparing and checking the risk assessment. Countries of focus this summer may include Indonesia, China, Ethiopia, Libya, Cameroon.

The intern might also provide research support to other Simon-Skjodt Center research projects, including the Lessons Learned in Preventing and Responding to Mass Atrocities project. Tasks might include participating in and transcribing conversations with policy officials and non-governmental experts working on genocide and mass atrocity prevention and response.


Applicants must have an interest in genocide and mass atrocity prevention, as well as policy-relevant research. Applicants must be familiar with contemporary cases of mass atrocities. Detailed knowledge of a region that has experienced or is at risk of genocide or mass atrocity is a plus. Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, including familiarity with social science research methods, techniques, and sources relevant for conducting research related to contemporary mass atrocities and their prevention. Applicants should have excellent communication and collaboration skills, as well as strong organization and attention to detail. Experience working with quantitative data and the statistical package R would be assets. Applicants should have the ability to work independently and an equal ability to function effectively as a team member. We encourage candidates from historically marginalized backgrounds to apply.  

Internship Specifics

Location: Virtual

Duration: 8-10 weeks. 30-40 hours a week during Summer term. 


May 12th, 2021. Faculty recommendations will be accepted until May 17th. 


The standard grant for a remote internship is $1500, meant to help defray expenses while the student is engaged in the internship opportunity.

To be eligible for funding you must have an "L term" status with the College.


To apply for funding if you are a new applicant, complete the ONLINE APPLICATION by May 12  at 4pm. Candidates may indicate preference for up to three potential internship sites during a single application cycle and are required to answer a short supplemental question for each site. An application is considered INCOMPLETE if it does not include ALL items listed below.

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