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Intern, Research and Conferences

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the globe. With an annual appropriation from Congress, NED makes more than 2,000 grants to support the projects of nongovernmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 100 countries. Governed by an independent Board of Directors, NED holds a unique role as America’s leading foundation for freedom, empowering the institution to be nimble, innovative, and risk-taking in support of democratic activists, civil society organizations, independent media, and the NED family core institutes (the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the Center for International Private Enterprise, and the Solidarity Center). We seek a motivated, energetic, organized, and resourceful Intern who is a mission-oriented team player, and who would be excited to join a growing and fast-paced International Forum for Democratic Studies (Forum), team. This Internship is paid and is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

This internship provides an advanced undergraduate/graduate student with the opportunity to observe the day-to-day operations of a Washington, D.C.-based research center focused on democracy and human rights. The Forum complements NED’s core mission—assisting civil society groups abroad in their efforts to foster and strengthen democracy—by linking the academic community with activists from across the globe. In addition to its Research and Conferences initiative, the Forum also produces the Journal of Democracy, the world’s leading publication on the theory and practice of democracy, and hosts fellowship programs for international democracy activists, journalists, and scholars.

Responsibilities:

Provide research support to Forum staff for initiatives relating to a diverse number of topics.
Attend meetings and take notes on topics related to Forum research initiatives.
Participate in the drafting, editing, proofreading, and distribution of written materials, including newsletters, event materials, and internal memoranda.
Help facilitate Forum events, including panel presentations and roundtable discussions.
Assist with updating and maintaining the Sharp Power Research Portal through research and data analysis.
Other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications:

Knowledge/Experience:

We are seeking an enrolled undergraduate or graduate school student with:
A strong interest in the study and support of democracy around the world.
Strong research ability.
Experience writing, editing, and proofreading materials.
Computer software skills including MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; Photoshop, HTML, or database experience are a plus.
The ability to stay organized while handling multiple tasks.
Candidate must be a registered student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program.
Qualified candidates should have excellent writing skills and analytical skills, maintain a strong work ethic, be capable of showing initiative, and be well-organized. Students must also have strong computer skills.

Time Commitment: 30-34 hrs./week (not to exceed 40 hours per week) for the duration of the internship.

NED Application Deadline: n/a; All internships are posted until filled.

Anticipated Start Date: o/a Jan 19, 2023

Orientation Dates: o/a Jan 19th – 23rd, 2023

Anticipated End Date: o/a May 19, 2023

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, of which one should be a supervisor. Please, no phone call inquiries.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The NED is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The NED believes that diversity and inclusion amongst our team members are critical to our success as an organization operating globally and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org or [email protected]