The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is currently seeking a diligent, organized and enthusiastic undergraduate, graduate student or recent graduate with strong communication skills and demonstrated interest in elections and democratic transitions to assist NDI’s 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 of the Election and Political Processes team in our Washington, DC office. The anticipated start date for this position is April or May 2016.
● Track political and electoral developments in specific countries;
● Coordinate online outreach and communications for a global network of civil society activists;
● 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.
● Current undergraduate or graduate student in international affairs, political science 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;
● Experience with event planning strongly desirable;
● Fluency in oral and written English, additional language skills strongly desirable, particularly Arabic, Russian, Spanish or French;
● Experience with social media platforms strongly desirable;
● Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
● Ability to work independently and with others in a fast-paced office; and
● Weekday availability of 30-40 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.