20114 Intern, Asia / Spring 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | INTERN | Part-time


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 paid Intern for the Asia team.  The position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary: The Asia Team at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as an Intern for Spring 2021. The paid 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.



The intern will work with NED’s Asia program staff in a combination of administrative and programmatic issues.

  • Assist in monitoring Chinese-language media, reports, and other research materials on democracy and human rights issues;
  • Attend relevant meetings and events on topics pertaining to China; and
  • Conduct research related to the NED’s Asia program, with a focus on China.
  • Assist in monitoring Korean-language grantee products and deliverables;
  • Attend relevant meetings and events on democracy and human rights issues pertaining to North Korea;
  • Conduct research related to the NED’s Asia program with a focus on North Korea;
  • Assist in the preparation of grant cycle materials; and
  • Assist with grantee meetings.



We are seeking an enrolled undergraduate or graduate school student with:

  • Academic focus on Asia and democracy issues, with a strong background in China.
  • Must have fluency in Mandarin Chinese listening, reading, and writing (simplified and traditional characters).
  • Cantonese language skills are also desirable.



  • Candidate must be a registered student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program.
  • Qualified candidates should have excellent writing skills and analytical skills, maintain a strong work ethic, be capable of showing initiative, and be well-organized. 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: up to $12/day for commuter expenses.

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


Anticipated Start Date: January 25, 2021

Orientation Dates: January 25-29, 2021

Anticipated End Date: May 21, 2021

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


How to Apply: 

Applications must include 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. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.