Intern, Europe and Eurasia Department (Central Asia)

Europe & Eurasia
Student (College)

Description: The CIPE Europe and Eurasia (E&E) Department is committed to addressing challenges to democracy in the Europe and Eurasia region through innovative and localized approaches that focus on advocacy, civil society, and market-oriented democratic reform. The paid, part-time Intern will work closely with CIPE’s Central Asia (Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) team to assist with research related to the intern’s areas of interest and advancing the intern’s knowledge of international development.  

Timeframe: Fall 2022 

Reports To: Program Officer, Europe and Eurasia 

Learning Objectives:  

  • Strengthened writing skills, as demonstrated through blog posts and briefings 

  • Improved understanding of the role and operations of international development and democracy building organizations 

  • Getting exposure to project management cycle and productivity tools, including project concept and proposal design, monitoring, and reporting 

  • Developed skills in conducting in-depth desk research and analysis 

  • Established network of professional contacts by attending events held by CIPE and other Washington, DC-based organizations. 

  • Acquired working knowledge and skills related to malign investments in Central Asia. 

Key Areas of Responsibility: 

  • Assist with short-term research and writing projects (such as blogpost and think pieces) to support E&E programs in anti-corruption, corrosive and constructive capital, women’s economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, business association capacity building, and other focus areas. 

  • Assist the Central Asia team in monitoring political and economic developments in the region related to CIPE’s strategic objectives 

  • Contribute to department’s social media outreach with guidance from Program Officer and Program Associates 

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

  • Shadow E&E staff in internal and external meetings. 

Qualifications and Requirements:  

  • Graduate or undergraduate student (junior-level or higher) majoring in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Public Policy, Gender Studies, or another related field 

  • Demonstrated interest in the political and economic trends in Central Asia, especially in relation to democratic business environment reforms, foreign direct investment and countering disinformation 

  • Demonstrated ability to gather and analyze information, conduct research 

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English; proficiency in a regional language preferred (Russian,) but not required  

  • Proficiency in MS Office applications required; familiarity with Outlook and Teams is a plus 

  • Positive, passionate, and motivated to learn more about the region and inclusivity in the private sector 

All CIPE Fall 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. 

Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States; CIPE is unable to sponsor employees for work visas.

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls or emails, please.

CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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