CIPE's Internship Program

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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 spring, unless otherwise noted, from mid January to May 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.

The deadline to apply for a spring internship at CIPE is November 18, 2016

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

Anti-Corruption/Value Chains and Conflict Taskforces 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 Chains Task Forces. Undergraduate (rising junior or above preferred), 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 Chains Task Force and Conflict Task Force Leaders

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Research and write blogs on topics related to the role of the private sector in conflict and post-conflict affected areas and fragile states, private sector-led anti-corruption initiatives, and compliance in global value chains.
  • Compile bi-monthly briefs for both task forces including relevant news, articles, and upcoming events in Washington, D.C.
  • Attend events of interest in the Washington, D.C. areas.
  • Assist with logistics of events organized by CIPE’s Conflict or Value Chains Task Forces.
  • Conduct short-term research projects to provide background information on various issues and support for program research. Update and maintain resource materials for the team listservs and internal database. Help co-create social media campaigns to raise awareness for these themes.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Previous interest and experience 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. Evidence of such interest could take the form of academic work or volunteer activities, for example.
  • 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].

Digital Media Intern

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Description: The Digital Media intern will report to the Communications team with direct supervision by the Communications and Digital Content Coordinator, and will work as part of a team to collaborate with a variety of departments to assist with CIPE digital media and communications. This position will serve as a resource for CIPE staff members on content curation, website management, and digital media management. An undergraduate or graduate student or recent graduate with public relations, communications, journalism, graphic design, or marketing majors preferred, but others are also encouraged to apply.

Reports to: Communications and Digital Content Coordinator

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Contribute to the CIPE Development Blog and assist with maintenance and/or editing of blog posts
  • Assist with publication and print collateral design and editing
  • 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
  • Brainstorm and contribute to CIPE social media
  • Assist with CIPE website redesign process
  • Provide logistical support for CIPE events
  • Provide additional support as assigned by the communications and team, including writing, editing, and special projects

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • HTML
  • Drupal, Wordpress or other CMS experience preferred
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Final Cut Pro or other video editing experience preferred
  • Demonstrated Interest in international development
  • Excellent English writing and copyediting skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Ability to work with a team as well as independently and use sound judgment
  • Desire to learn about communications and CIPE outreach 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 two to five pieces 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 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. The Evaluation Intern will have an opportunity to understand results-based democratization and gain practical experience in research, and the use of evaluation tools and methodology.

Reports To: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Conduct desk research on CIPE projects or themes related to CIPE projects (e.g. public private dialogue, women and youth entrepreneurship)
  • Assist in designing and validating evaluation tools (e.g. needs assessments, surveys, focus groups).
  • Assist in building a database of indicators for different types of democratization programs.
  • Draft or edit research reports or presentations.
  • Use data visualization software to present data in chart, graph, or map format.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Previous interest and demonstrated experience in at least one of the following: research methods, program evaluation, international relations, democracy building, entrepreneurship, trade facilitation 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).
  • Ability to conduct in-depth research.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Knowledge of statistical software, social media platforms, and/or data visualization software a plus.

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.

Knowledge Management Intern

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Description: CIPE’s Knowledge Management unit captures key lessons in democratic and market reform in order to enhance the effectiveness of CIPE’s future reform efforts. The program shares strategies, lessons learned, and case examples among CIPE’s partner network and a diverse range of governance reform leaders. The knowledge management intern will gain a deep understanding of CIPE work at the intersection of democracy and market reform and will be given opportunities to contribute to CIPE’s evolving knowledge of best practices and lessons learned. The intern will support the knowledge management unit in shaping global debates on enterprise ecosystems, business advocacy, democratic governance, and anti-corruption through research and writing.

Reports To: Senior Knowledge Manager and Research Assistant for Knowledge Management

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Research and write blogs on topics related to democracy and market economy.
  • Assist the team with various research requests on topics related to entrepreneurship, women’s economic empowerment, theories of change, policy monitoring and more.
  • Compile and coordinate news and other content for an international network on free enterprise and democracy.
  • Attend events of interest in the Washington, DC area.
  • Organize and manage content and update Knowledge Management infrastructure including thematic resource sheets, CIPE library and the website.
  • Simplify and maintain key Knowledge Management resources.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Enthusiastic about the role of private enterprise in international development, entrepreneurship, and democracy
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as with a team
  • 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
  • Preference will be given to graduate students but we will consider undergraduate students with junior standing or above, who are pursuing a major in social science, international studies, or public policy
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel

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 – KM.

Women’s Empowerment Intern

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Description: The Women’s Entrepreneurship Staff Working Group is responsible for advising and assisting CIPE's regional teams in the development and implementation of women-specific programs around the world. Since 1999, CIPE’s regional teams have implemented over 60 projects that work in or with women business owners and associations in 58 countries in all regions of the world. This work includes entrepreneurship and leadership training, mentoring, association and Chamber of Commerce capacity building, advocacy and public policy training, conferences, forums and public-private dialogue. The Women’s Entrepreneurship Staff Group intern will play a critical role in contributing to the group’s efforts to assess the data and impact of CIPE’s women’s programming. The intern will also support the working group in sharing best practices and lessons learned as they relate to CIPE’s women’s entrepreneurship programs.

Reports To: Women’s Entrepreneurship Staff Working Group Co-chairs

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Researching, writing and editing reports, case studies, and blog posts describing women’s programs in ways that highlight best practices and lessons from the field, as well as innovative practices drawn from other organizations.
  • Maintaining a database of CIPE projects on women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment.
  • Participating in the writing of grant proposals to support new and expanded women’s programs.
  • Attending and reporting back to the team on selected internal meetings and external events.
  • Assisting team members in responding to requests for information regarding CIPE’s women’s programs.
  • Updating and maintaining resource materials for the team listserv and internal database.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Previous interest and demonstrated experience in at least one of the following: women and leadership, women in business, women’s entrepreneurship, women and management, training, research methods, civic education and related areas of work.
  • Demonstrated interest in international issues related to democratic transitions and the role of civil society in promoting democratic reform.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English; proficiency in a second language a plus.
  • Interest in gaining skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis

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 – WESF.

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