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 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

Knowledge Management

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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

Research and tasks will include:

  • Conduct research on topics related to policy monitoring, election debates, scorecards, surveys, data collection and more.
  • Assist the team in knowledge mapping and developing a directory of expertise.
  • Research and write blogs on topics related to democracy and market economy.
  • 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 – Knowledge Management.

Women’s Entrepreneurship

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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

Research and tasks will include:

  • 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.
  • Participating in the writing of grant proposals to support new and expanded women’s programs.
  • 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.
  • Maintaining a database of CIPE projects on women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment.
  • Attending and reporting back to the team on selected internal meetings and external events.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Previous interest and experience in at least one of the following: women and leadership, gender and international development, women in business, women’s entrepreneurship, women and management, training, research methods, civic education related areas of work.
  • Demonstrated interest in international issues related to democratic transitions and the role of civil society in promoting democratic reform as well as interest in international development, gender and development.
  • 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

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 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
  • 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 team, including writing, editing, and special projects

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • HTML
  • Drupal, WordPress or other CMS preferred experience
  • Adobe Creative Suite required
  • Adobe Premiere or other video editing experience required
  • Interest in international development
  • Excellent English writing and copyediting skills required
  • Strong organizational skills
  • 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

Application Instructions: To apply, send a cover letter describing your qualifications, your resume in Word or PDF format, and an optional portfolio of relevant work to: internships@cipe.org. Candidates should use the following format for the subject line: [Applicant last name] – COMMS.

Europe Intern

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Description:As one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), CIPE supports the critical role market economies and the business community play in promoting democracy. The CIPE Europe team is currently working on an exciting project in Central and Eastern Europe that seeks to mobilize networks of reformers to reinvigorate the region’s democratic trajectory and to restore public awareness of the benefits of democracy. However, recent analyses by our partners in the region have indicated a low level of public understanding of the connection between democracy and market economies. In order to create effective messaging on the link between market economies, growth, prosperity, quality of life, and democracy, we are seeking an intern to analyze the connections between them. The internship will require a minimum of 15 hours per week during the fall, unless otherwise noted, from early October through mid-December at CIPE's headquarters in Washington, DC; exact days and hours are negotiable. This is an unpaid internship..

Reports to: Program Officer and Program Assistant for Europe

Key Areas of Responsibility include:

  • Examine contemporary interpretations of the link between democracy and the market economy and work on the associated public outreach/communication campaign (including writing articles/blogs/posts and helping to organize associated events).
  • Create an overview and a brief analysis of the contemporary resources available around the globe (language skills are highly welcome) on the relationship between democracy and market economy/prosperity/growth (including the links between quality of democracy and quality of life, inequalities stemming from globalization, and nature of authoritarian capital) as well as public perceptions of these issue
  • Based on the overview, create a stakeholders list of actors active in these focus areas.
  • Based on the analysis, define pro-democracy messages on these issues.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates in a related field: International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Business, Area Studies, Law, Communication, or Journalism.
  • Demonstrated interest in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English; proficiency in a second language, especially Russian, French, Spanish, or Arabic, is a plus.
  • Experience conducting in-depth research
  • Knowledge of social media platforms

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (2-3 pages) on a related topic (international relations, politics, economics, or a Europe-related research piece, article, blog, or policy brief) to internships@cipe.org, using the following format for the subject line: Last name – Europe.

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].

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