Myanmar Internship, Global Witness – Washington, DC

Would you like to help protect natural resources in Myanmar? Do you have an interest in policy and advocacy work? If so our paid internship is your chance to really help make a difference and develop your learning at the same time.

About Global Witness

For nearly 25 years, Global Witness has run pioneering campaigns against natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses. From Cambodia to Congo, Sierra Leone to Angola, we have exposed the brutality and injustice that results from the fight to access and control natural resource wealth, and have sought to bring the perpetrators of this corruption and conflict to book. Global Witness is headquartered in London and has a U.S. Office in Washington, DC. The U.S. Office’s research and advocacy efforts include the following issues: tackling conflict minerals, combating corruption in the oil, gas and mining sector, addressing illicit financial flows, and combating illegal logging and unsustainable forest use.

About the Internship

Each semester – Spring, Summer, and Fall, we seek to provide internship opportunities for those seeking to gain experience in the anti-corruption, human rights, and efforts to tackle environmental abuse.

Global Witness’ U.S. office is currently seeking an intern to start in mid-September for up to three months.

You will focus on Myanmar related US policy advocacy on the natural resource sector and provide support as needed on other policy areas related to Global Witness’ US policy priorities around natural resource governance and anti-corruption. You’ll interact with Global Witness’ international staff and may have the opportunity for in-depth research in areas of personal interest, in addition to a broad exposure to the DC policy community.

This internship is geared towards graduate students with a background in international relations, and research on natural resource governance, development, and conflict issues. Particular preference will be given to applicants with policy and advocacy experience.

Intern tasks

Policy analysis:

  • Reviewing and preparing analysis of existing and proposed legislation or regulations related to extraction industries, natural resource governance and anti-money laundering, with a focus on Myanmar related policy.

Information sharing:

  • Attend and report back from relevant Washington events and symposium, including Congressional hearings, policy dialogues, World Bank and IMF events and identify relevance for ongoing campaigns.


  • Conducting and supporting sector-related research, including for topics that may include oil, gas, mining, and forest industry publications/briefings related to our work;
  • Conducting in-depth research on a particular issue or for a specific report.


  • A current student or recent graduate, with coursework or commensurate experience in international relations, human rights, communications, and/or public policy;
  • Strong interest in anti-corruption, natural resource governance, international development, human rights or environmental issues;
  • Experience in policy analysis and advocacy related to natural resource governance and anti-corruption desired;
  • Tracking Congressional policy and developments (e.g. congressional calendars, legislation, hearings, committee assignments), and media coverage desired;
  • Specific U.S. Congressional or other office experience and language skills are a plus, but not a necessity.

We aim to be a diverse and inclusive place to work.  We value new perspectives, original ideas and different ways of working. We believe that diverse views and experiences improve the way we do our work. We do our best to make our jobs accessible to all regardless of race, colour, religious belief, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or other groups as protected by law.


  • Please submit your resume and a cover letter using the following naming conventions; CoverLetter_ FirstName Last Name and Resume_ FirstName LastName and save the documents as pdf files.
  • If available, please provide links to your website, blog, twitter handle or portfolio.
  • Email all information noted above to:
  • In your cover letter, please specify dates and times of availability, where you learned about the internship and how you feel this internship will benefit your career aspirations.
  • Please put “GW Find the Facts Intern Myanmar” in the subject line of your email.

Please note:   As we are a small team, we are not able to directly respond to each inquiry. We will reach out directly to those candidates that we select to move forward in the interview process.

We will accept applications and interview on a rolling basis.

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