Virtual Intern, Eurasia Division, International Republican Institute (Remote; Washington, DC)


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.

IRI is creating student and employee partnerships that facilitate the growth and development of IRI’s future leadership. Interns will learn about time management and work on tasks in a fast-paced international affairs environment. The intern will support the work of IRI’s Eurasia Division.

This position is will start on January 11, 2021 for no more than sixteen (16) weeks and may not be extended.

Primary Functions and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Eurasia division in coordinating and implementing democracy assistance programs, including in rapidly developing environments such as Belarus. Activities include but are not limited to quarterly reporting, proposal development, preparing procurement and accounting documents, and developing external communications products.
  • Monitor 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.
  • Produce and edit written materials for internal and external audiences (e.g. briefing books, blog post(s), news summaries) where relevant
  • Conduct background desk research to support the development of IRI programs and activities by identifying industry best practices, effective programming models, and other implementers’ activities.
  • Attend relevant meetings and seminars on Eurasian affairs (in virtual format) 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.


  • Availability to start on January 11, 2021.
  • Ideal candidates will have 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 are desired
  • Knowledge of Belarusian political dynamics and recent developments is desired


For more information and to apply, click here.

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