CIPE's Internship Program

Learn what being a CIPE intern is like at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LudwYchBh6k

CIPE's Internship program is an opportunity to gain professional experience in international development by supporting a CIPE regional or functional team.

The positions require a minimum of 15 hours per week during the fall semester, unless otherwise noted, from early September to mid-December at CIPE's headquarters in Washington, DC; exact days and hours are negotiable. This is an unpaid internship, though a small stipend may be provided to cover transportation.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and brief writing sample to: internships@cipe.org. Please review each departmental posting carefully and take note of any specific requirements.

All applications submitted via email should include a subject line following the format: [Applicant last name] – [Regional/functional team abbreviation]. Abbreviations are included with each posting below.

No phone calls please! Candidates will be reviewed by the Internship Committee and the relevant department. CIPE will contact interns that are selected for an interview.

Current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, are eligible to apply. Please note that CIPE is unable to sponsor visas at this time.


Current Openings

Communications Intern

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Description:We are looking for a creative, motivated individual who is eager to acquire new skills while supporting a five-member Communications team at an international nonprofit in Washington, D.C. The communications intern will serve as a resource for CIPE staff members on content curation, website management, video editing, writing and editing, and social media.

Reports to: Communications team with direct supervision by communications assistant, digital content coordinator and staff writer.

Key Areas of Responsibility include:

  • Contribute to the CIPE Development Blog and assist with maintenance and/or editing of blog posts
  • Support publications efforts through editing and design
  • Assist with photo and video filming, editing, and distribution
  • Assist with website maintenance
  • Organize and tag CIPE digital media, including but not limited to photos, videos, and audio recordings
  • Contribute to CIPE social media
  • Assist with CIPE website redesign process
  • Provide logistical support for CIPE events
  • Assist with producing CIPE’s podcast
  • Provide additional support as assigned by the Communications team, including writing, editing, and special projects

Learning Objectives:

  • HTML
  • Drupal, WordPress or other CMS
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Copywriting
  • Digital Marketing (social media and e-newsletter)
  • Video production
  • Podcasting

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student or recent graduate with public relations, communications, journalism, film, telecommunications, graphic design, or marketing majors preferred; liberal arts majors will also be considered
  • Adobe Premiere or other video editing experience
  • Interest in international development and relations
  • Excellent writing and copyediting skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work with a team as well as independently and use sound judgment
  • Positive attitude and eagerness to learn about communications and CIPE initiatives
  • Foreign language proficiency a plus

Applications, including a cover letter describing your qualifications and your resume (in Word or PDF format) and an optional portfolio of relevant work should be sent to internships@cipe.org. When submitting applications via email, candidates should use the following format for the subject line: [Applicant last name] – COMMS.

Evaluation Fellow - Impact

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Description: CIPE’s Evaluation Unit works with CIPE’s programmatic teams to design and carry out successful evaluations of projects. The Evaluation Fellow - Impact will have an opportunity to understand results-based democratization and gain practical experience in research, and the use of evaluation tools and methodology. The fellow will assist the Evaluation Unit on a variety of programmatic and organizational tasks with an emphasis on organizational impact reporting and assessment.

Reports to: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Review evaluation reports for accuracy and completeness, and ensure program staff submit them in a timely manner.
  • Edit research reports for publication on CIPE’s website.
  • Work with the Evaluation Unit on a project to define organizational indicators and facilitate better institutional learning.
  • Work on the development of an Evaluation Handbook, incorporating existing resources and identifying information or tool gaps.
  • Assist in developing, scheduling and conducting staff trainings.
  • Assist in designing evaluation tools (logic models, surveys, focus group protocols, etc.) for use in CIPE projects.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Advanced undergraduate or graduate training.
  • Previous interest and experience in at least one of the following: research methods, program evaluation, report writing and editing, and/or related areas of work.
  • Demonstrated interest in international issues surrounding democratic transitions, the role of civil society in promoting policy reform, economic development through trade, etc. (please see CIPE’s website for the full list of our Areas of Expertise).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications and knowledge of data visualization software.

An hourly stipend is available for this position. Preference will be given to applicants who can commit to at least 25 hours per week and are available longer-term (more than 4 months).

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (2-3 pages) to internships@cipe.org, using the following format for the subject line: LAST NAME – [EVAL IMPACT].

Evaluation Fellow - Data

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Description: CIPE’s Evaluation Unit works with CIPE’s programmatic teams to design and carry out successful evaluations of projects. The Evaluation Fellow – Data will have an opportunity to understand results-based democratization and gain practical experience in data collection and analysis, and the use of evaluation tools and methodology. The fellow will assist the Evaluation Unit on 2-3 specific projects with an emphasis on developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and data analysis and visualization.

Reports to: Senior Evaluation Officer

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Work with the Evaluation Unit to develop templates for data collection.
  • Set up systems in Excel or Access for data management.
  • Work with project staff to ensure that data of sufficient quality is being submitted in a timely manner.
  • Work with the Evaluation Unit to support partners and staff to promote institutional learning using data-based reporting.
  • Analyze data using SPSS and/or other software.
  • Assist in developing reports providing results in tabular and graphic format.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree required, advanced graduate training or graduate degree preferred.
  • Previous interest and experience in at least one of the following: research methods, program evaluation, or statistics.
  • Demonstrated interest in international issues surrounding democratic transitions, the role of civil society in promoting policy reform, economic development through trade, etc. (please see CIPE’s website for the full list of our Areas of Expertise).
  • Demonstrated ability to gather and analyze data.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications, SPSS (or similar statistical analysis software), and knowledge of data visualization software.

An hourly stipend is available for this position. Preference will be given to applicants who can commit to at least 25 hours per week and are available longer-term (more than 4 months).

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (2-3 pages) to internships@cipe.org, using the following format for the subject line: LAST NAME – [EVAL DATA].

Anti-Corruption/Value Chain and Conflict Taskforce Intern

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Description: CIPE supports the positive role that the private sector can play in fragile and conflict-affected states, as well as environments rife with corruption. This internship provides an opportunity to explore the role of the private sector in emerging democracies with attention to anti-corruption and conflict/post-conflict initiatives. Specifically, the intern will support two separate CIPE staff working groups: the Conflict and Anti-Corruption/Value Chain Task Forces. Undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate, or law students demonstrating interest in the positive role that the private sector can play in fragile and conflict-affected states are encouraged to apply.

Reports to: Anti-Corruption/Value Chain Task Force and Conflict Task Force Leaders

Learning Objectives:

  • Acquire working knowledge and skills in anti-corruption and conflict/post-conflict initiatives.
  • Demonstrate in-depth research analysis skills.
  • Enhance ability to produce written materials for various platforms including databases, social media and briefings.
  • Gain experience in events logistics for the Task Force.
  • Develop greater interpersonal skills and learn how to establish strong global relationships by attending meetings both in-person and over the phone.
  • Network and establish professional contacts by attending events held by CIPE and other Washington, DC-based organizations.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Research topics related to the role of the private sector in conflict and post-conflict affected areas and fragile states, and on anti-corruption and compliance initiatives covering the private sector and global value chains.
  • Update and maintain resource materials for the team listservs and internal database.
  • Help co-create social media campaigns to raise awareness of these themes and write blogs covering the issues.
  • Compile bi-monthly briefs for both task forces, including relevant news, articles, and information on events in Washington, D.C.
  • Assist with logistics of events organized by CIPE’s Conflict or Anti-Corruption/Value Chain Task Force.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Previous experience (academic or work) in at least one of the following: economic development in conflict-affected areas, post-conflict reconstruction, stabilization, anti-corruption, international relations, economic development, and/or related areas of work.
  • Demonstrated interest in international issues related to democratic transitions and the role of market-oriented reform in promoting democratic development.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English required; proficiency in a second language a plus.
  • Experience conducting in-depth research.
  • Knowledge of social media platforms; and,
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (2-3 pages) on a topic related to anti-corruption or conflict-affected states should be sent to internships@cipe.org, using the following format for the subject line: LAST NAME – ACCA.

Evaluation Intern

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Description: CIPE’s Evaluation Unit works with CIPE’s programmatic teams to design and carry out successful evaluations of projects.

Reports to: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of results-based democratization by compiling lessons learned and developing an evaluation handbook.
  • Gain practical experience in research, data management, the use of evaluation tools and methodology, and organizational learning.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Work with the Evaluation Unit on a project to define organizational indicators.
  • Compile lessons learned from completed projects, organize, and distribute findings to staff.
  • Draft templates for project data collection, develop a system for data management (Excel, Access, SPSS, etc.) and enter data from completed forms.
  • Work with the Evaluation Unit on the development of an Evaluation Handbook, incorporating existing resources and identifying information or tool gaps.
  • Write blogs or preparing evaluation reports to be shared with the public on CIPE’s website.
  • Assist in designing and delivering training to CIPE program staff on evaluation skills.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Graduate training or advanced undergraduate training in research methods or research design, program evaluation, and data analysis or statistics.
  • Demonstrated interest in international issues surrounding democratic transitions, the role of civil society in promoting policy reform, economic development through trade, etc. (please see CIPE’s website for the full list of our Areas of Expertise).
  • Demonstrated ability to gather and analyze information.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications and knowledge of SPSS (or similar statistical analysis software).

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (2-3 pages) to internships@cipe.org, using the following format for the subject line: LAST NAME – EVAL.

Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF)

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Description: The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (http://www.tradefacilitation.org/) is a unique public-private partnership for trade-led growth launched in December 2015 by the Center for International Private Enterprise, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the World Economic Forum along with the governments of Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Alliance aims to support the effective implementation of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) landmark Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)—which could reduce trade costs by an average of 14.3% and create up to 20 million jobs, mostly in developing countries. The Alliance will support TFA-related projects in developing countries–identifying trade bottlenecks and working with governments to implement reforms to enable trade for local enterprises as well as working to remedy limited private-sector awareness of the TFA in some sectors and markets. At the country level, the Alliance will focus on empowering the local business community to become a leading stakeholder in trade facilitation efforts. The GATF intern will work with program staff to research and develop in-country projects and will have the opportunity to observe and support this novel public-private partnership in its start-up phase.

Reports to: Program Staff, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Learning Objectives:

  • Acquire knowledge and skills in international trade and relations.
  • Demonstrate high-caliber research analysis skills.
  • Enhance the ability to produce written materials in the field of international development.
  • Facilitate the creation of their own internship-working syllabus tailored to their studies.
  • Develop greater interpersonal skills and learn how to establish strong global relationships by attending meetings both in-person and over the phone.
  • Network and establish professional contacts by attending events held by CIPE and other Washington, DC-based organizations.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Conduct complex research including tasks such as: identifying barriers to trade in developing countries; assessing country conditions and readiness for trade facilitation efforts; issues and methods related to the management of international organizations; and researching existing trade facilitation efforts conducted by other organizations.
  • Provide research and additional support, as needed, to the program’s evaluation and legal/compliance staff.
  • Collect, compile, and track project-related information received from multiple sources.
  • Assist in the development of written project materials.
  • Help coordinate outreach efforts.
  • Any other needed support as assigned by manager.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Candidates should be enthusiastic about the role of private enterprise in international development, entrepreneurship, and democracy.
  • Demonstrated interest in the potential of trade-led growth or public-private partnerships is preferred.
  • Preference will be given to graduate students and those with academic or professional experience involving trade policy and/or paralegal experience. We will consider undergraduate students with senior standing or above, who are pursuing a major in economics, international business, international studies, or public policy.
  • Flexibility to work in a fast-paced office environment, ability to prioritize tasks and complete projects on time, as well as willingness to learn new concepts are a must.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (2-3 pages) to internships@cipe.org, using the following format for the subject line: LAST NAME – GATF.

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