Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Immediate Opening for Paid Internship/Project Assistant: Governance with NDI

IMMEDIATE OPENING -- Intern/Project Assistant: Governance 
Washington, DC

IMMEDIATE OPENING -- Intern/Project Assistant: Governance 
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is currently seeking applicants for full-time internships with the Institute’s Governance team in Washington, DC for the summer of 2016 (to start immediately).

The Governance team serves as a resource and adviser for NDI’s parliamentary and local government programs, focusing on the promotion of transparent, efficient and accountable lawmaking, as well as responsive and accessible governance. Interns/Project Assistants are given substantive responsibilities and are expected to be professional contributors to the governance team’s work. Interns/Project Assistants must be able to take on projects on their own and deal well with tight deadlines. They also need to know when to seek guidance before proceeding. Intern/Project Assistants are normally brought on for three month cycles, with the option to extend depending on performance and fit.

Primary Responsibilities: 
  • Research issues of interest to legislatures;
  • Draft correspondence to external organizations and contacts;
  • Record minutes/notes of in-house meetings and draft summary memos;
  • Update computerized database of experts and trainers;
  • Update files on countries/programs;  
  • Assist with booking international travel;
  • Assist with organizing international conferences;
  • Interact with VIPs;
  • Conduct special projects as needed;
  • Provide administrative support to the Governance team;
  • Assist with administrative duties such as filing, faxing, copying and mailings; and
  • Draft blog posts and contribute to Governance team social media accounts. 

Required Skills: 
  • Currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in development studies, public policy, international affairs, political science or a related field; recent graduates are also encouraged to apply;
  • Foreign language skills or previous international experience is desirable;
  • Research experience preferred;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and diplomatic skills and ability to interact effectively with all levels of staff, US and foreign government personnel, foreign dignitaries and NGO community;
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and ability to solve problems creatively;
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail;
  • Good oral and written communication skills to present information effectively and respond to questions;
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions;
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications;
  • Working knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures; and
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired.

This is a paid internship. Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2016 intern cycle.  Apply here.