Friday, December 4, 2015

Apply Now for Paid Intern/Project Assistant: Elections and Political Processes Winter Position with NDI

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is currently seeking a diligent, organized and enthusiastic undergraduate, graduate student or recent graduate with strong tech skills (particularly front-end web development) and demonstrated interest in elections and democratic transitions to assist its Elections and Political Processes Team. The Elections Team is responsible for advising and assisting NDI’s regional teams in implementing election-related programs around the world. The intern will work primarily with the Program Assistants and Senior Advisor of the Election and Political Processes team in our Washington, DC office. The anticipated start date for this position is between mid-December to mid-January 2016.

 Primary Responsibilities:
  • Track political and electoral developments in specific countries;
  • Coordinate online outreach and communications for a global network of civil society activists;
  • Create and implement visual and interactive elements for websites; 
  • Develop functional and appealing web elements based on usability;
  • Use a combination of markup languages to write web pages;
  • Stay up to date on emerging web technologies and industry trends;
  • Assist with updates to an elections resource website;
  • Update and maintain resource materials;
  • Assist in the organization of travel, meetings and special events;
  • Conduct research projects on specific election-related issues;
  • Attend and report on meetings and briefings;
  • Assist with administrative tasks such as scanning, photocopying and filing; 
  • Respond to requests for information on election-related issues and NDI’s election programs; and
  • Update and maintain databases of NDI election programs and consultants.
Required Skills:
  • Recent graduate, current undergraduate or graduate student in international affairs, political science, digital communication, computer science, programming, web development, or a related field;
  • Demonstrated interest in international issues related to democratic transitions and the role of elections in promoting democratic reform;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Fluency in oral and written English, additional language skills desirable, particularly Arabic, Spanish or French;
  • Knowledge of user interface (UI) concepts and proficient understanding of web markup, including HTML5, CSS3;
  • Experience with client-side scripting and JavaScript frameworks, including jQuery strongly desirable;
  • Strong understanding of usability best practices and software programs included in the Adobe Creative Suite strongly desirable;
  • Experience with responsive and adaptive design is also a plus;
  • Experience with social media platforms;
  • Experience with event planning desirable;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; 
  • Ability to work independently and with others in a fast-paced office; and 
  • Weekday availability of 20 to 40 hours per week.

The intern will gain an enhanced understanding of how elections present challenges and opportunities for promoting peaceful and open political competition, and how citizens can better oversee and participate in governmental affairs. In addition, the intern will be encouraged to attend relevant lectures, discussion sessions and other events around Washington, D.C.,  and will have the opportunity to meet NDI staff working on areas that may be of particular interest.

This is a paid internship. Applicants must submit both a cover letter and resume to be considered for the position.

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