SUMMER 2021 International Republican Institute Internships

The International Republican Institute (IRI) is a non-partisan non-governmental organization that works to encourage the formation of democracy worldwide.  IRI currently has offices in 40 countries and has performed high-impact work in over 100.  Their work focuses on linking people with their governments and guiding elected officials and politicians to be responsive to citizens and generally promote engagement from all in the political process.

IRI is currently seeking undergraduate interns to work during their summer semester. Every IRI intern must be dedicated to IRI’s core values of excellence, freedom, respect, teamwork, transparency, and accountability. IRI wants to create a meaningful and engaging opportunity for their interns to gain experience in the international affairs field and allow them to build their professional portfolios.

All the following positions are virtual, begin May 10, 2021, and will take place for 16-weeks. The deadline to apply for these programs is March 19, 2021.

For more information on IRI, click here.

For a full list of IRI internships, click here.

Program-specific information for select internships will be linked below.

International Division Internships

This opportunity will allow interns to work directly with one of IRI’s regional divisions. Interns will assist in research, content creation, and more throughout the summer. Exact responsibilities vary depending on the intern’s chosen region.

  • 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 their chosen region
  • 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, region-specific affairs, and emerging democratic movements
  • Strong writing skills are desired
  • There are some region-specific requirements. These can be found under their individual listings.
Available Regions

Transatlantic Internship

Interns will work with the transatlantic strategy division to gain an increased understanding of the political process at a European and country-based level.

  • Assist staff with program activities, events, and training missions
  • Support systems and database system and database management
  • Monitor domestic and international media outlets daily for news regarding IRI
  • Write 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
  • Availability to start on May 10, 2021
  • 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

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, click here.

CISR Internship

The intern will work in IRI’s Center for Insights in Survey Research (CISR) and provide support to a diverse portfolio and assist the CISR teams on several projects (database creation and management).

  • Create two databases, one for budget and one for past performance – work in Excel or SharePoint
  • Assist in preparing for quantitative and/or qualitative research studies, including sampling and instrument design, and codebooks.
  • Assist in performing quality control and analysis on survey data and qualitative transcripts. Assist in preparing reports and presentations.
  • Improve informing future research budgeting, and the creation of a database of past performance for previously conducted research studies.
  • Work with sampling design, instrument design, raw data quality control review and analysis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Availability to start on May 10, 2021
  • Current or recent undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate student
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Familiarity with SharePoint preferred but not required
  • Coursework in research methodology and/or statistics preferred but not required
  • Detail-oriented individual with strong organizational skills

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, click here.

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