Position Description

Research Intern
Location Washington, DC - US
Job Code 804
# of Openings 1
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Research Intern 

Location: Washington, D.C. 


Freedom House  (FH) 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 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we  support the right of every individual to be free.



The Research Intern will have the opportunity to become involved in research and policy writing and speaking of the President of Freedom House.  S/he would assist on articles, op-eds, blogs, and text of remarks, on topics such as U.S. leadership to promote democracy; freedom of the press and expression and other subjects. S/he may conduct research on issues related to development and other organizational issues at Freedom House. The intern will also assist the President, the Executive Assistant, and Executive Vice President on public programming and other projects.  Assigned duties will depend on the particular prior experiences and skills of the intern. This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the President.

This is an unpaid internship that will last approximately 12 weeks. It will be full-time in fall 2017, with a possible extension to spring 2018.   



  • A current graduate student of the related filed
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in international human rights and international relations
  • Excellent internet research and documentation skills
  • Excellent writing, proofreading, and editing skills
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize work, and multi-task to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work
  • Eagerness to be creative and take initiative on new ideas and projects
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
  • Interns must be enrolled in an accredited college or university



  • Research on democracy and freedom issue
  • Prepare summaries of materials gathered through research
  • Proofread and edit documents for relevance and accuracy
  • Assist with the development of presentation materials
  • Assist with other administrative activities such as preparations for meetings of the Board of Trustees, data entry and mailings
  • Other administrative duties and responsibilities as assigned.



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 unpaid internship as part of an established colleague/graduate school  intership   program.