Thursday, July 8, 2021

Paid Fall Virtual Internships with the International Republican Instititute

 Description

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.

Virtual Intern Eurasia

IRI seeks to create an engaging, purposeful, and structured virtual internship program that educates and promotes students’ interest in democracy and governance while building tangible skills for their future endeavors. The intern will work in the Eurasia Division and provide support to a diverse portfolio. Interns will learn about time management and work on tasks in a fast-paced international affairs environment and be introduced to professional learning opportunities.

This position will start September 9, 2021 for no more than fourteen (14) weeks and may not be extended. This is a paid position, at $15.20 per hour.

In-Person and Virtual applicants encouraged to apply.

Position Requirements:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate program student or recent graduate.
  • A background and/or demonstrated interest in political science, international affairs, international development studies, or related fields
  • Preferred candidates will have knowledge of and interest in Eurasia
  • Experience managing work prioritization and attention to detail
  • Curiosity and proactive interest in IRI’s work and in contributing to various tasks regarding international development, Eurasian affairs, and emerging democratic movements
  • Strong writing skills

Responsibilities:

  • Assists the Eurasia division in coordinating and implementing democracy assistance programs across Eurasia. Activities include but are not limited to quarterly reporting, proposal development, preparing data collection tools and presentations for public opinion research, and developing external communications products.
  • Monitors regional news to build an understanding of political developments in Eurasia and inform IRI activities. In addition to building personal knowledge, the information will inform public opinion research objectives and inform political context sections in quarterly reports.
  • Produces and edit written materials for internal and external audiences (e.g. briefing books, blog post(s), news summaries) where relevant
  • Conducts background desk research to support the development of IRI programs and activities by identifying industry best practices, effective programming models, and other implementers’ activities.
  • Attends relevant meetings and seminars on Eurasian affairs (in virtual or in-person format, location permitting) and prepare written notes for Eurasia team members when requested
  • Performs other duties as assigned. Duties may include merging file management systems between DC program staff and field staff, prepare presentations for internal meetings, contribute to the development and processing of public opinion research projects, etc.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about and interact with various stages of international development, including business development, implementation of projects, monitoring, evaluation and learning or activities and reporting.
  • Develop greater knowledge of the cultures and political systems of Eurasia and the role of voters, political parties, civil society, and international organizations in democratic systems.

Qualifications

Education

Required

Some college or better in Political Science or related field.

Experience

Required

Less than 2 years: A background and/or demonstrated interest in political science, international affairs, international development studies, or related fields Preferred candidates will have knowledge of and interest in Eurasia Experience managing work prioritization and attention to detail


Virtual Intern Asia

IRI is creating student and employee partnerships that facilitate the growth and development of IRI's future leadership. The intern will support the Asia Division’s program teams. Interns will learn about time management and work on tasks in a fast-paced international affairs environment. Other professional learning opportunities include attending panels and relevant democracy and government program support.

This position will start September 9, 2021 for no more than fourteen (14) weeks and may not be extended. This is a paid position, at $15.20 per hour.

In-Person and Virtual applicants encouraged to apply.

Position Requirements:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate program student or recent graduate.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Detail-oriented individual with strong organizational skills
  • Flexibility to changing situations and priorities

Scope of Work:

  • Assists staff with program activities, events, and training sessions.
  • Supports database system and database management.
  • Monitors domestic and international media outlets for Asia regional updates and briefs the relevant teams.
  • Writes as a contributor to IRI’s blogs.
  • Create standard “How To” guides as needed.
  • Assists in researching a variety of topics for briefing papers, program proposals, and reports.
  • Assists in preparing reports and presentations.
  • Provides administrative support.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Grant lifecycle - The intern will understand a grant’s project lifecycle: identification of problem, proposal development, implementation, report writing, and the many other facets of programming in Asia.
  • Variety of programming - The intern will work closely and become a member of one TBD team, to understand the specifics of that team, but also work ad hoc with other teams to understand how IRI’s work differs from country to country.
  • Admin and research – The twin, yet often hidden, backbones of almost any organization are effective administration and strong research to inform decision-making. The intern will see the importance of these two areas up close.

Qualifications

Education

Required

Some college or better in Political Science or related field.

Experience

Required

Less than 2 years: Excellent verbal and written skills in English Familiarity with Microsoft Office Detail-oriented individual with strong organizational skills Flexibility to changing situations and priorities


Virtual Intern  Africa

The intern will work in the Africa Division and provide support to a diverse portfolio and assist regional teams on several projects (political party work, civil society strengthening, governance programming, etc) from a variety of funding sources (USAID, State Department, National Endowment for Democracy). Interns will learn about time management and work on tasks in a fast-paced international affairs environment and be introduced to professional learning opportunities.

This position will start September 9, 2021 for no more than fourteen (14) weeks and may not be extended. This is a paid position, at $15.20 per hour. In-Person and Virtual applicants are encouraged to apply.

In-Person and Virtual applicants encouraged to apply.

Position Requirements:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate program student or recent graduate.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Detail-oriented individual with strong organizational skills
  • Flexibility to changing situations and priorities
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Current undergraduate or graduate program student or recent graduate.
  • Background in political science, international relations or related field and interest in Sub-Saharan Africa preferred
  • Language skills a plus: French, Portuguese

Scope of Work:

  • Assist staff with program activities and events
  • Provide administrative support to regional teams
  • Support database system and database management, including Telling our Stories, etc.
  • 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
  • Assist in researching and gathering intelligence for proposal design, briefing papers, reports, and presentations
  • Attend and contribute to proposal design sessions and budget development processes
  • Organize files on SharePoint including sub-grant documents, proposals, and reports, etc.
  • Support team recruitment efforts by reviewing job applications and qualifications and developing candidate matrices
  • Attend (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)
  • Collaborate with regional teams and the Center for Insights in Survey Research to clean research data
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn and understand the components of proposal design
  • Familiarize yourself with budget development and budget tracking processes
  • Develop 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
  • Determine if working for an international organization is an appropriate professional goal
  • Adapt to virtual workplace culture and accountability practices

Qualifications

Education

Required

Some college or better in Political Science or related field.

Experience

Required

Less than 2 years: Excellent verbal and written skills in English Familiarity with Microsoft Office Detail-oriented individual with strong organizational skills Flexibility to changing situations and priorities


Virtual Intern - Transatlantic Strategy

The intern will support the work of IRI’s Transatlantic Strategy Division. Interns will learn about time management and deal with multiple activities in a fast-paced work environment. Other professional learning opportunities include attending topic meetings, conferences, and seminars.

This position will start September 9, 2021 for no more than fourteen (14) weeks and may not be extended. This is a paid position, at $15.20 per hour.

In-Person and Virtual applicants encouraged to apply.

Position Requirements:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate program student or recent graduate.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Detail-oriented individual with strong organizational skills
  • Flexibility to changing situations and priorities
  • Pursuing or received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, political science, or related field;
  • Demonstrated interest in European politics;

Responsibilities:

  • Assists staff with program activities, events and training missions
  • Supports systems and database system and database management
  • Monitors domestic and international media outlets daily for news regarding IRI
  • Writes as a contributor to IRI’s blog
  • Prepare programmatic content for external audiences by copyediting and formatting documents;
  • Assists in researching a variety of topics for briefing papers, program proposals and reports
  • Assists in preparing report and presentations
  • Provides administrative support
  • Provides back-up for the receptionist as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Learning Outcomes:

Following completion of internship, candidate can expect some combination of the following outcomes:

  • Increased familiarity with political processes at the European and country level
  • Improved written and verbal communication skills
  • Greater understanding of international democracy development
  • Greater confidence in the education or experience candidate brings to an employer.

Qualifications

Education

Required

Some college or better in Political Science or related field.

Experience

Required

Less than 2 years: Excellent verbal and written skills in English Familiarity with Microsoft Office Detail-oriented individual with strong organizational skills Flexibility to changing situations and priorities Pursuing or received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, political science, or related field; Demonstrated interest in European politics;