1930 Intern, World Movement for Democracy Anna Pkhrikian Memorial Internship /FALL 2019

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Part-time


Intern, World Movement for Democracy /FALL 2019 (Job #1930)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.


Anna Pkhrikian Memorial Internship


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, and is seeking a Maxwell School Intern for the World Movement for Democracy. The position is based in Washington, D.C. 


All interested graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in Syracuse University’s Maxwell School are invited to apply for the Anna Pkhrikian Memorial Internship of the World Movement for Democracy in Washington, D.C. for Fall 2019.


The World Movement for Democracy is a global network that brings together democrats, including activists, practitioners, scholars, policy makers, and funders, to advance democracy around the world. The goal of the World Movement is to strengthen efforts to build democracy through sharing knowledge, information, and strategies. NED serves as the World Movement Secretariat and the intern will work with the Secretariat staff.


About the Anna Pkhrikian Memorial Internship:


The Anna Pkhrikian Memorial Internship was created in memory of Anna Pkhrikian who began her work at NED in 2003 as a project coordinator on the Secretariat staff of the World Movement for Democracy. Anna brought to her World Movement work a dedication to help facilitate exchanges of knowledge and experiences among those in the World Movement, especially among participants from Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and made invaluable contributions to the organization of World Movement global assemblies. In her work for the World Movement, Anna was especially focused on the important linkages between conflict resolution and democracy, and all those who worked with her, both in the U.S. and abroad, knew that her motivation always stemmed from her deep love of peace and justice.


Following her work with the World Movement for Democracy, Anna assumed the position of a grants administrator at NED in August 2006, a position she held until her untimely death, and that she pursued diligently despite her deteriorating health condition. Throughout her work at NED, Anna’s perseverance in assisting those struggling for human rights and democracy around the world was matched only by her determination to fight the disease that sadly took her life. She passed away on September 7, 2007, after a brave battle against leukemia.


The Internship was established by NED and her alma mater, Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, to provide an opportunity for college students to gain knowledge and experience in the fields of democratization and democracy promotion, in light of Anna’s deep commitment to the values of democracy and human rights, and to nonviolent efforts to advance those values. All undergraduate and graduate students in the Maxwell School Program are eligible for consideration for the Internship position.


Position Summary:  The World Movement is currently seeking an unpaid Intern for Fall 2019. The position is open to students enrolled in Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.  All undergraduate and graduate students in the Maxwell School Program are eligible for consideration for the Internship position. (Please consult with the Maxwell School regarding eligibility for the stipend.)


The team seeks an individual with strong research, writing, communication, and organizational skills who has a strong interest in democracy work internationally. Energetic, flexible team players who take initiative and who have knowledge of a foreign language (Arabic, French, Russian, or Spanish preferred) and overseas experience are encouraged to apply.  



  • Conduct research to track democracy-advancement efforts;
  • Assist in updating the World Movement Web site and social media channels, conduct research for the World Movement’s newsletter and draft alerts for activists facing danger.
  • Support ongoing work on projects, such as the Civic Space Initiative and #SetThemFree campaign, as well as event logistics
  • Attend lectures and roundtable discussions on democracy



  • All current undergraduate and graduate students in the Maxwell School are eligible for consideration for the WMD Maxwell Internship, which will be full or part-time, depending on the intern’s schedule. Please consult with the Maxwell School regarding eligibility for the stipend.
  • Qualified candidates should have excellent writing skills, strong analytical skills, maintain a strong work ethic and have sharp attention to detail. 
  • Students must also have proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr) and other programs (Photoshop, InDesign, Final Cut Pro) are a plus.


Time Commitment:

20-40 hrs./week (not to exceed 40 hours per week) for the duration of the internship



Travel Reimbursement:

Up to $12 per day for commuter expenses



NED Application Deadline:

n/a; All internships are posted until filled



Anticipated Start Date:

o/a September 9, 2019

Orientation Dates:

o/o September 9-12, 2019

Anticipated End Date:

o/a December 13, 2019




Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.


How to Apply: 

Applications must include confirmation of your school’s academic credit for internship program, cover letter, resume, writing sample from a college term paper or something equivalent, and contact information for three professional/academic references. 


Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 1930 – WMD MAXWELL Intern (FA19) – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.