Intern, Maghreb

Student (College)

Description: CIPE’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team is committed to supporting democratic and market reform-oriented civil society actors across the region to play a leading role in building democratic institutions. The intern will be responsible for assisting the CIPE MENA team (specifically the Maghreb subregional team) in researching current events related to the economy, entrepreneurship, and democracy in the MENA region, conducting open-source research to inform future programming, and advancing the MENA department’s external communications. 

Reports To: Associate Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Team (Maghreb) 

Learning Objectives:  

  • Broader understanding of the role and operations of international development organizations. 

  • Strengthened writing skills, demonstrated through blog posts and development of social media content. 

  • Exposure to project management skills, including productivity tools, project monitoring, and reporting. 

  • Increased understanding of business advocacy, barriers to women’s economic empowerment, and anti-corruption efforts in North Africa.    

  • Learn how to write press releases, blogs, and other social media communication. 

Key Areas of Responsibility:  

  • Research and track current events in specific countries and create news digests for program staff 

  • Perform research to provide background information on various issues related to economic reform and democratic governance 

  • Perform background research on potential partners and future program topics 

  • With support from Maghreb staff, participate in program work, including activities such as partner calls, brainstorming on new projects and strategies, analyzing partner publications and helping with program tracking. Attend virtual events on relevant topics at CIPE and other international affairs institutions 

  • Provide copyediting and writing support.  

  • Assist the team with short-term and long-term reporting on project activities.   

  • Contribute to department’s social media outreach with guidance from the Associate Program Officers and Program Associates. 

Qualifications and Requirements:  

  • Undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate majoring in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Public Policy, Gender Studies, Communications, Middle Eastern studies, or another related field. 

  • Demonstrated interest in the political and economic trends of North Africa, especially in relation to business advocacy, health, and women’s economic empowerment.   

  • Demonstrated ability to gather and analyze information.  

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in French and English required; other regional languages useful but not required.   

  • Strong attention to detail. 

  • Ability to work both with a team and independently. 

  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn about international development and democracy. 

This is a paid internship. All CIPE Summer 2022 internships will be remote but may have opportunities to go into the D.C. CIPE office. Prior to entering the office, the intern shall provide a completed vaccination card or request an accommodation from Human Resources. This is a paid internship based on the District of Colombia’s minimum wage at the time of the internship. Interns are expected to start by September 12, 2022 and commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (2-3 pages) in JazzHR. 



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