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Intern, World Movement for Democracy

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 World Movement for Democracy (WMD), team. This Internship is paid and is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The World Movement is currently seeking an Intern for Spring 2023. The position is open to students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program in a related field. The team seeks an individual with strong research, writing, communication, and organizational skills who has a strong interest in democracy and works internationally. Energetic, flexible team players who take initiative and who have knowledge of a foreign language (Arabic, French, Russian, or Spanish preferred) and overseas experience are encouraged to apply.


Conduct research to track democracy-advancement efforts.
Assist in updating the World Movement Web site and social media channels, conduct research for the World Movement’s newsletter, and draft alerts for activists facing danger.
Support ongoing work on projects, such as the Civic Space Initiative and #SetThemFree campaign, as well as event logistics.
Attend lectures and roundtable discussions on democracy.


Knowledge and Experience:

Candidate must be a registered student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program.
Qualified candidates should have excellent writing skills, and strong analytical skills, maintain a strong work ethic and have sharp attention to detail.
Students must also have proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook.
Familiarity with social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr) and other programs (Photoshop, InDesign, Final Cut Pro) are a plus.

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 or [email protected]