I worked at US Institute of Peace full-time (More than a year)
Everyone in the building cares deeply about addressing violent conflict, and many are deeply knowledgeable in their craft. In terms of people to work with, it is a fantastic organization. (And, frankly, it is a fantastic location to work. Marble floors, curving walls, and a great view of the Washington Mall.)
Despite periodic strategic reorganizations, teams regularly seem to spar against one-another and do not collaborate well. Plus, for early career professionals, there is a limit to how high you can climb within the organization. With some exceptions, people can climb to "Specialist" level, but will need to leave and come back to join the ranks of "Program Officers"
Advice to Management
Encourage collaboration - and make it easier for people to pay for things and administer their finances!
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at US Institute of Peace.
I got an interview 3 weeks after I sent in my application. I interviewed with three members of the team I would be working. The interview went on for about 30 minutes. I was notified about my rejection the next week.
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