Program and Outreach Intern, Europe and Eurasia - Paid
Arlington, VA 
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Job/Internship Description

IFES is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic. IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. IFES will also take affirmative action on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Program and Outreach Intern, Europe and Eurasia - Paid
Location:*United States
Division:Program Management
Status:Internship
Position Number:22:119

About International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES):
Together we build democracies that deliver for all. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral institutions/systems and builds local capacity to deliver sustainable solutions. As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights by providing technical assistance; empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process; and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle. We believe that trusted electoral institutions deliver credible elections, effective governing institutions are accountable to the people they serve, all people safely participate in civic and political life on an equal basis and technology, information and data positively serve elections and democracy. Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 145 countries - from developing to mature democracies.


PRIMARY FUNCTION/PURPOSE
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The Program and Outreach Intern is an entry-level position designed to provide graduate, undergraduate, or recent graduates with experience in Europe and Eurasia programming at IFES. Students who participate in this program will develop essential skills that are not attained in the academic world and enable them to make the transition from academic to professional life. As a junior member of the team, the Program and Outreach Intern will provide basic research, logistical, and administrative support to the implementation of department initiatives and project activities across the portfolio, focusing mainly on internal processes in the IFES Europe and Eurasia department.

The Program and Outreach Intern will also be expected to provide critical support in the Europe and Eurasia departmental communications, both internally and externally, including social media management, stakeholder briefings, and other public relations materials. In consultation with their immediate supervisor and departmental leadership, the Program and Outreach Intern will be expected to conduct an independent research/programming design initiative of their choosing.

Note: IFES is working in a hybrid remote/in-person manner. The Program and Outreach Intern will be expected to come to IFES' office at least twice per week on mutually agreed-upon days (subject to change).

IFES COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:
In accordance with Executive Order 14042 on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Government Contractors, International Foundation for Electoral Systems has adopted a policy to comply with the requirements that all employees assigned to a federal contract or contract-like instrument be fully vaccinated before their start date. Therefore, all IFES US-based positions will require proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. Please note, any submission of falsifying records or misleading information would result in dismissal of your employment application.

Job Responsibilities:

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Conduct research on political and social developments, key themes and programming areas relevant to the Europe and Eurasia region;
    • Support department internal and external communications, including content creation for social media accounts (Twitter, etc.), IFES.org website, and department and donor reports;
    • Contribute to departmental outreach planning, including tracking key stakeholder contacts in the US and developing and collecting resources for external relations, including one-pagers and FAQs;
    • Provide logistical and administrative support on assigned projects, as needed;
    • Attend and report on internal and external meetings, events, and other discussions related to relevant themes, topical areas and socio-political challenges affecting democracy and governance in Europe and Eurasia;
    • Assist with program business development in conjunction with the needs of the department;
    • Participate in IFES' knowledge management initiatives and other thought leadership efforts; and
    • Other duties as assigned by department and supervisor.

POSITION SCOPE: Provides the support necessary for the team to achieve its goals. Job duties are fairly straight forward and require following common procedures and guidelines. Can manage own workload, time, and priorities with close guidance from supervisor so as to facilitate a learning environment per internship guidelines.

DECISION MAKING/PROBLEM SOLVING: Has the knowledge and skills to identify solutions to routine problems. Produces useful ideas or explanations for circumstances but may need guidance or approval on execution for results.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: None. May assist in or have exposure to preparing routine financial reports and processing routine transaction in compliance with IFES policies and procedures on an as-needed basis.

RELATIONSHIPS: Maintains collaborative working relationship with team members and other staff within the department.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: None

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Education: Undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at an accredited college/university, or recently graduated no more than a year at time of application.

Experience: None. Relevant experience, familiarity, or interest in international development or related field preferred. Previous internship(s) experience with an international NGO a plus.

Related Skills or Knowledge: Excellent research and communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint. Knowledge of graphic design and visualization a plus. Detailed oriented and organized. Ability to prioritize, take direction, and handle varied tasks within deadlines. Strong communicator, both verbally and in writing. Collaborative, team-oriented individual.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: English required. Regional language skills a plus.

TRAVEL: Travel will not be required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Standard office work environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


IFES is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.

 

Position Summary
Company
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Type
Full Time
Period of Employment
Open
Type of Compensation
Paid
College Credits Earned
No
Tuition Assistance
No
Required Student Status
Open
Preferred Majors
Other
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