Intern/Project Assistant: Central and West Africa

NDI and its local partners work to promote openness and accountability in government by building political and civic organizations, safeguarding elections, and promoting citizen participation. The Institute brings together individuals and groups to share ideas, knowledge, experiences and expertise that can be adapted to the needs of individual countries.

Position Description  

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking candidates for internships with NDI's Central and West Africa (CEWA) team. The intern will be responsible for assisting with implementation of democratic development programs in the region through the following assignments: Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Collect and distribute foreign and domestic newspaper, magazine, and/or academic articles pertaining to Central and West African affairs;
  • Provide administrative support on assigned country programs, including filing, faxing, copying, and mailing;
  • Assist with program logistics, including arrangements for airfare and hotel, visas, meeting schedules, and briefing books for traveling NDI staff and consultants;
  • Assist in researching and drafting periodic reports on NDI programs;
  • Attend events and lectures on Central and West Africa and provide written summaries to team members;
  • Attend NDI events and program meetings and provide minutes to team members
  • Translate documents and messages French to English and English to French if assigned to NDI programs in francophone countries;
  • Assist in organizing document archives of NDI programs in the CEWA region
  • Complete special projects as requested.
  • Additional responsibilities based on demonstrated ability could include: review of field office expenditures, research and drafting of sections of new program proposals, and more.

Eligibility and Requirements 

  • Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, or a recent graduate of such a program (relevant degree programs might include, but are not limited to: African studies, international development, international relations, or political science);
  • Some knowledge of Central and West Africa and an interest in learning more;
  • High degree of organization, attention to detail, and skill at prioritizing and managing multiple tasks;
  • For work on francophone countries: high proficiency in English and French; ability to produce clear, grammatically correct written translations from English to French and French to English.
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel and Google applications;
  • Flexible, diligent, and team-oriented personality; 
  • Oral and written proficiency in English.

Application Instructions  

This is a paid internship. Applications are now being accepted for this position. Interns are encouraged to attend workshops, lectures and other staff development events at NDI. Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.Non-U.S. citizens applying for internships and entry level positions based in the U.S. must possess work authorization that does not require employer sponsorship. NDI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law. To apply, please visit NDI's website at