The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy research institute dedicated to the study of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Founded in 2005, CEPA is the only U.S. think-tank that works exclusively on the countries and societies of this dynamic global region. The Center’s mission is to promote an economically vibrant, strategically secure and politically free Central and Eastern Europe with close and enduring ties to the United States.

Position Description 

The U.S.-Romania Initiative is Washington’s first comprehensive program dedicated to providing structured analysis, expert commentary and enhanced policy dialogue on the nation of Romania. Led by incoming CEPA Resident Fellow Corina Rebegea, the initiative will seek to identify and promote opportunities for strategic engagement between the United States and Romania in three broad areas: political and economic development; energy security; and geopolitics and security. The centerpiece of the initiative will be a U.S.-Romania Working Group composed of experts from the CEPA analytical team and a network of individuals and institutions from the NGO, business and academic communities in the United States, Europe and Romania. The intern will be primarily devoting his/her time to the U.S.-Romania Initiative, but also helping other fellows and staff members as needed. This is an unpaid position.

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Conduct original research on current Central European affairs.
  • Interact with U.S. and European policymakers, analysts and scholars.
  • Participate in CEPA conferences and public events.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • A graduate academic background in European studies or international politics.
  • A personal interest and/or linguistic background in Central Europe, especially Romania.
  • Romanian language is preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge about CEE transitions (including political systems, basic economic aspects, rule of law and EU integration).
  • Interested in issues of good governance and public management.

​Application Instructions 

Candidates may indicate their interest by submitting a resume, cover letter and brief (2-4 page) writing sample. In your cover letter, please indicate your weekly availability (which mornings and/or afternoons you would be available each day of the workweek). The internship may be full-time or part-time. Please send all application materials to:

Center for European Policy Analysis1225 19th Street NWSuite 450Washington, DC 20036