Research & Conferences International Forum for Democratic Studies Fall 2017 Intern, National Endowment for Democracy – Washington, DC

Intern, Research & Conferences, International Forum for Democratic Studies /FALL 2017

(Job #1746)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, and is seeking a Research and Conferences Intern. The position is based in Washington, D.C. Position Summary: The International Forum for Democratic Studies (Forum) at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking a motivated individual to serve as a Research and Conferences Intern for 2017. This unpaid internship provides an advanced undergraduate/graduate student with the opportunity to observe the day-to-day operations of a Washington, D.C.-based research center focused on democracy and human rights.

The Forum complements NED’s core mission—assisting civil society groups abroad in their efforts to foster and strengthen democracy—by linking the academic community with activists from across the globe. In addition to its Research and Conferences initiative, the Forum also produces the Journal of Democracy, the world’s leading publication on the theory and practice of democracy, and hosts fellowship programs for international democracy activists, journalists, and scholars.


 Provide research support to Forum staff for initiatives relating to a diverse number of topics.

 Attend meetings and take notes on topics related to Forum research initiatives.

 Participate in the drafting, editing, proofreading, and distribution of written materials, including newsletters, event materials, and internal memoranda.

 Help facilitate for Forum events, including panel presentations and roundtable discussions.

 Assist with updating and maintaining Forum contact lists in an organization-wide contact management database.

 Other duties, as assigned.


We are seeking an enrolled undergraduate or graduate school student with:

 A strong interest in the study and support of democracy around the world.

 Strong research ability.

 Experience writing, editing, and proofreading materials.

 Computer software skills including MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; Photoshop, HTML, or database

experience a plus.

 The ability to stay organized while handling multiple tasks.


 Candidate must be a registered student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program; able to receive college credit or transcript notation of participation in our program for each semester of the internship.

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 Qualified candidates should have excellent writing skills and analytical skills, maintain a strong work ethic, be capable of showing initiative, and be well-organized. Students must also have strong computer skills.

Time Commitment: 24-40 hrs./week (not to exceed 40 hours per week) for the duration of the internship

Travel Reimbursement: $10/day for commuter expenses

NED Application Deadline: n/a; All internships are posted until filled

Anticipated Start Date: o/a September 8, 2017

Orientation Dates: September 8-12, 2017

Anticipated End Date: December 14, 2017

Authorization: Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

How to Apply: Please send confirmation of your information your school’s academic credit for internship program, cover letter, resume, writing sample from a college term paper or something equivalent, and contact information for three professional/academic references. Please also complete our NED employment application. Please send to, with Job #1746 – IFRC Intern (FA17) –YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please, no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at

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