Intern, Research & Conferences, International Forum for Democratic Studies
Washington, DC
Job Description

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 Summer 2019. 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 dedicated research support to the Vice President for Studies and Analysis and other Forum staff on relevant democracy-related topics.
  • Attend meetings and take notes on topics related to Forum research initiatives.
  • 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 international affairs, and 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.
  • 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: 16-40 hrs./week (not to exceed 40 hours per week) for the duration of the internship

Travel Reimbursement: up to $12/day for commuter expenses

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

Anticipated Start Date:
o/a June 3, 2019

Orientation Dates:
o/a June 3-7, 2019

Anticipated End Date:
o/a August 23, 2019

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

Please click here to apply. Applications must include confirmation of your school's academic credit for internship program, in addition to a cover letter, resume, writing sample from a college term paper or equivalent, transcripts and contact information for three professional/academic references. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please, no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at or contact with Job #1936 - IFDS Intern (SU19) -YOUR NAME in the subject line.

Job Type Internship