Fall Internship, Research & Analysis Intern

Work Location: New York - US
Requisition Number: 1004
# of Openings: 3


Fall Research & Analysis Intern

Location: New York, NY

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world. We analyze the challenges to freedom, advocate for greater political rights and civil liberties, and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. We advocate for U.S. leadership and collaboration with like-minded governments to vigorously oppose dictators and oppression. We amplify the voices of those struggling for freedom in repressive societies and counter authoritarian efforts to weaken international scrutiny of their regimes. Founded in 1941, Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally.


Position Summary

The Fall Research & Analysis Intern will assist with the research and production of annual reports produced in the New York office: Freedom in the World, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. This position is based in New York and reports to the Managing Editor. Interns are expected to work 16 hours per week for 12 weeks, and receive a modest monthly stipend. Interns are fully integrated into the operations of the New York office; they attend internal and external meetings, and have opportunities for small-group and one-on-one discussion with staff members at all levels.

The internship will begin in September 2019. Interviews will take place in late July, via Skype.


Desired Qualifications

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and be able to receive academic credit or fulfill an academic requirement 
  • Background or interest in international affairs, political science, and human rights
  • Experience conducting intensive online research
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing; foreign language skills a plus
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and accuracy, and ability to appropriately prioritize tasks
  • Ability to work independently under minimal supervision, in a small-office environment
  • Ability and desire to ask thoughtful questions
  • Positive attitude, strong personal motivation, and willingness to learn
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
  • Familiarity with Freedom House publications and/or data a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; graduate school experience may be necessary for the level of research needed


Some Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct online research on topics relevant to Freedom House publications
  • Prepare concise summaries of materials gathered through research
  • Fact-check, edit, and proofread documents for internal and external purposes
  • Assist with the development of presentation materials
  • Assist with other administrative activities such as data entry and publishing content to the Freedom House website
  • Assist with the preparation of offsite meetings
  • Propose and research articles for Freedom House’s blog
  • Administrative duties and responsibilities as assigned


Work Environment and Physical Demands
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Qualified and Interested Applicants

We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application. Please upload a resume AND cover letter as separate PDF attachments. Candidates who fail to submit either document will not be considered. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will begin in late July. Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.


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, tasks and duties. 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.



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