Tuesday, February 19, 2008

International Forum for Democratic Studies Internship, DC

NOTE: We have a contact at NED. This is a great internship opportunity. Talk to Professor Weinberger if you are interested.

International Forum for Democratic Studies - Internship - Washington, DC, USA

The International Forum for Democratic Studies, the research arm of the National Endowment for Democracy, is a leading center for analysis of the theory and practice of democratic development worldwide. It is also a clearinghouse for information on the varied activities and experiences of groups and institutions working to achieve and maintain democracy around the world.

The International Forum is seeking advanced undergraduate or graduate students for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Forum internships, which are unpaid, provide students an excellent opportunity to improve their knowledge of democratization and international affairs and to develop and improve their research, writing, and computer skills.

Interns work with Forum staff to monitor important developments in the democratizing world and help plan and administer a busy research and conferences program.


. writing and editing features for the quarterly electronic newsletter of the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association

. conducting research and preparing brief reports and bibliographic essays on such issues as civil society and democracy, political finance and elections, political party reform, Islam and democracy, the democratic response to terrorism, social policy, and other topics, as needed

. helping develop the Network of Democracy Research Institutes through Internet research and writing

. writing and editing features for the research network's electronic newsletter and Web site

. assisting with administrative planning of Forum meetings and conferences

. other related tasks, as needed


Although there is no required academic major, most Forum interns have majored in political science, international relations, or contemporary history. Applicants should have a strong interest in international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, and democracy as well as excellent research, writing, and computer skills. Students with foreign-language skills are particularly encouraged to apply.

To Apply for a Forum Internship:

Please send a cover letter, resume, two references, and brief writing sample to the contact below.

Intern Coordinator
International Forum for Democratic Studies
National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004

Deadline for Spring 2008: November 15
Deadline for Summer 2008: March 15
Deadline for Fall 2008: July 15