Spring internship, Europe and Eurasia

Work Location: Washington, DC - US
Requisition Number: 1128
# of Openings: 2


Spring 2021 Internship, Europe & Eurasia Program

Location: Washington, D.C. 


Freedom House works across the Eurasia region to support human rights defenders and civil society organizations in their quest for resilience and sustainability at the time of the most brutal assault on democracy and human rights values. Through targeted support, technical assistance, and empirical research, Freedom House and its local partners identify ways to galvanize citizens to actively defend and advance their freedoms, make informed choices about their livelihoods, support civic initiatives, and regularly contribute to the well-being and development of their communities and countries. Freedom House directly implements activities and supports partners’ work to bolster public demand for the rule of law and to strengthen civil society engagement in reform and public oversight. Freedom House also implements cross-border initiatives that provide a critical opportunity for civic groups and professionals across the region to learn from each other and jointly develop new approaches to shared challenges. 


Freedom House's Europe & Eurasia team is looking for two interns for the Spring 2021 semester. The selected candidates will be assigned to ongoing projects or the development of new initiatives and will be engaged on a range of substantive tasks, depending on country and thematic focus. Illustrative responsibilities include:

  • Monitor media coverage and social media activity on human rights and governance-related issues in the region in English, Russian, or other local languages
  • Conduct research for assessments, advocacy efforts, partner outreach, and new project development on the assigned topics or countries
  • With project staff’s input, draft opinion pieces for the Freedom at Issue blog on select issues
  • ‚ÄčAssist local partner organizations with English-language content production and/or editing tasks 
  • Participate in the design and implementation of specific project activities, such as online events, small grant competitions, policy brief production, or others
  • Together with other project staff, participate in identifying key policy issues, critical actors, and civil society initiatives that may affect program implementation in the region


  • Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student with a specialization in social sciences
  • Strong interest in Eastern European or Eurasian affairs; specific country focus is welcome
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Strong language skills in Russian or other local languages of the Eurasia region
  • 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

Qualified and Interested Applicants

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 apply.

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

A fixed stipend for travel cost will be available. 



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