Fall 2020 Internship, Europe & Eurasia

Work Location: Remote
Requisition Number: 1097
# of Openings: 1


Fall 2020 Internship, Europe & Eurasia

Location: Washington, D.C. 


Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. With a dozen field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.



The internship with the Europe and Eurasia program at Freedom House is an excellent opportunity for an emerging human rights work professional to develop hands-on experience in policy analysis and program administration in a very dynamic setting of multi-year, multi-partner projects. This internship’s primary scope of work is to provide substantive input and analysis into new and ongoing programs in Turkey, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. This position will report to Senior Program Manager for Europe & Eurasia, and will work in close collaboration with project staff in DC and in the field. The success of the intern in this position heavily depends on their ability to self-organize and structure their work under deadlines and competing priorities.

This is a temporary internship for currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students that will last for one semester, with a possible extension based on student’s performance and availability. This position requires a time commitment of a minimum of 30 hours per week, with a modest stipend as compensationThis is a remote location opportunity. 

The deadline for fall semester applications is August 20, 2020. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will take place throughout August, and the expected start date for this role is in early September, 2020.



  • Track English/Russian/local language media coverage of policy developments, civil society initiatives, local and international events related to portfolio issues and contribute to a regular internal newsletter 
  • Participate in monitoring of media coverage of project-related initiatives and social media activity related to assigned projects
  • With direction from program staff, conduct background research for assessments, briefings, talking points, and partner outreach on assigned projects
  • Liaise with local analysts and provide substantive feedback and editorial support, including fact-checking, on policy briefs and other analytical and program materials
  • Liaise between project staff, research staff, communications staff, translators and the publications designer in producing high-quality policy materials ready for dissemination
  • Together with other project staff, participate in identifying key policy issues, government programs, and civil society initiatives that may have any effect on portfolio issues
  • With program staff’s input, draft opinion pieces on issues relevant to the assigned portfolio
  • Participate in drafting contractual documentations, preparing payment requests, monitoring of ongoing partner grants and projects, financial and narrative reports



  • Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student with a specialization in the social sciences, with a demonstrated interest on Eurasian affairs
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Strong Turkic languages skills; fluency in Russian is a plus
  • Strong ability to apply interpersonal skills, and successfully work in a diverse and multicultural environment
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and meet all goals and deadlines



Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Disclaimer: This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job.  It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, duties, and tasks.  The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.



We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume and cover letter. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.


Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need to apply.

Successful candidates will be applying for this paid internship as part of an established colleague/graduate school internship program.


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