Intern/Project Assistant: Citizen Participation Programs

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) seeks one full-time graduate student with strong organizational, writing and interpersonal skills to assist the Citizen Participation Team for Fall 2013. NDI programs help strengthen civic organizations and promote citizen participation in primarily six areas: advocacy, community organizing, civic education, political process monitoring, organizational strengthening and voter education. The Citizen Participation Team is responsible for advising and assisting NDI's regional teams in the development and implementation of these programs around the world. The anticipated start date for this position is on or before January 6, 2013. Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Researching, writing and editing the Civic Update, an in-house publication that highlightsbest practices and lessons from the field, as well as innovative practices drawn from other organizations.
  • Attending and reporting back to the team on selected internal meetings and external events.
  • Assisting team members in responding to requests for information regarding NDI’s civic programs.
  • Updating and maintaining resource materials for the team listserv and internal database.
  • Other research and administrative projects as needed.

Eligibility and Requirements  

  • Must be pursuing a graduate degree in international development, public policy, political science or a related field at the time of participation in the position.
  • Previous interest and experience in at least one of the following: grassroots organizing, advocacy, Get-Out-the-Vote campaigns, voter education, 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.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently and with others in a fast-paced office.
  • Must be highly organized and efficient.
  • Computer skills, especially those related to maintaining a website, are also a plus. 

Application Instructions 

To apply, please visit: applications submitted after Friday, December 6, 2013 will be considered.