1873 Intern, Middle East and North Africa / SPRING 2019 (SP19)

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Part-time

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, and is seeking an Intern for the Middle East and North Africa team.  The position is based in Washington, D.C. 

Position Summary: The Middle East and North Africa Team at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as an Intern for SPRING 2019.  The unpaid internship provides excellent opportunities for contributing to NED’s grant making process, preparing materials to assist the team in strategic planning and analysis, conducting research, writing, and attending relevant events. The Intern will also interact with a stream of international visitors, speakers, and activists who are working in support of democratic development and human rights.


Responsibilities:  The intern will work with NED’s Middle East and North Africa program’s staff in a combination of administrative and substantive issues. Some of the tasks will include but not be limited to:


  • Assist program staff in project management duties including: attend relevant meetings on key democracy issues affecting the region; review and summarize proposals for NED program staff review; assist in the preparation of grant cycle materials; help map out NGOs and donors working in key countries; carry out research on research-related issues and countries in the Middle East and North Africa region, and attend meetings with visiting grantees.



  • Candidates must be a registered student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program; able to receive college credit or transcript notation of participation in our program for each semester of the internship.  An independent study option, if approved by your university, is also possible.
  • Academic focus on Middle East and North Africa and democracy issues.
  • Must speak Arabic (preferable), Farsi or Turkish.
  • 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 strong computer skills.


Time Commitment:                             24-40 hrs./week (not to exceed 40 hours per week) for the duration of the internship


Travel Reimbursement:                      $12/day for commuter expenses


NED Application Deadline:                n/a; All internships are posted until filled


Anticipated Start Date:

o/a January 7, 2019

Orientation Dates:

o/a January 7-11, 2019

Anticipated End Date:

o/a May 17, 2019


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



How to Apply: Please send information regarding your school’s academic credit for internship program, a cover letter, resume, writing sample from a college term paper or something equivalent, and contact information for three references.   The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please, no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org or contact careers@ned.org.