Intern - Africa Division

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the Core Values in their day-to-day operations. The Core Values, which are IRI’s foundational building blocks include:

Excellence- We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people. Freedom- We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive. Respect- We believe in trust, empathy and empowering people. Teamwork- We believe in diversity, inclusion and the power of global collaboration. Transparency- We believe in open communication and clear decision-making. Accountability- We believe in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.

IRI is creating student and employee partnerships that facilitate growth and development of IRI’s future leadership. The intern will support the work of IRI’s Africa Division.

This position will start on September 11, 2023, for no more than fourteen (14) weeks and may not be extended. This is a paid position, at $17.00 per hour.

In-Person and Virtual applicants encouraged to apply.

Position Requirements:

Current student in or recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program in Political Science, International Affairs, or related field and interest in Sub-Saharan Africa preferred.
Excellent verbal and written skills in English
Familiarity with Microsoft Office
Detail-oriented individual with strong organizational skills
Ability to manage time effectively, complete tasks with minimal oversight, and communicate clearly and consistently in a virtual work environment.
Language skills a plus: French, Spanish and/or Portuguese

Provide administrative support to regional teams
Monitor international media outlets and conducts background research on political developments specific to regional portfolio
Write as a contributor to IRI’s blogs
Develop and/or edit country one-pagers
Attend and contribute to proposal design sessions and budget development processes
Support team recruitment efforts by reviewing job applications and qualifications and developing candidate matrices.
Attend (in-person/virtual) informational meetings and participate in professional development opportunities including trainings offered by the organization (Grants Department, Business Development, Procurement, Office of Evidence and Learning Practice, Center for Insights in Survey Research, etc)
Support key record keeping functions of the division, including taking minutes as staff meetings, cleaning databases (contact lists, program inventory, survey research, etc.)
Assist in researching and gathering intelligence for proposal design, briefing papers, reports, and presentations
Assist staff with program administration and events, including interview coding, translating reports and other documents, logistics and other tasks as needed
Perform other duties as assigned.
Learning Outcomes:

Acquire knowledge of the democracy and governance field of international development in including aspects related to program management, monitoring and evaluation, program and business development, and external affairs.
Experience in key project administration skills employers look for in entry level candidates.
Assist in developing the communication and writing skills needed to contribute to reports and publications
Apply research and analytical skills
Gain an understanding IRI’s funding landscape and of award requirements
Become acquainted with survey research methods
Engage with IRI’s Center for Global Impact and better understand innovative approaches and thematic expertise related to democracy and governance programming, including evidence and learning practices
Adapt to hybrid in-person/virtual workplace culture and accountability practices


Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application online.