Position Description

Policy Research Intern
Location Washington, DC - US
Job Code 806
# of Openings 1
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Policy Research Internship

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 .





Freedom House’s Europe and Eurasia program is currently implementing a number of initiatives in Moldova, focusing on justice sector reform, anti-corruption initiatives and strengthening of the media sector.  The Policy Research internship will primarily support our work in Moldova. 

This internship’s primary scope of work is to provide substantive input into the Moldova Media-M project. This role is integral to the success of the Media-M project and is substantially modeled after typical Program Associate/Senior Program Associate responsibilities on the Eurasia Team. This position will report to Program Manager for Eastern Europe and Director of Eurasia  Programs,   and will work in close collaboration with Program Officer, Local Project Coordinator in Moldova, and Senior Researcher. The success of the intern in this position heavily depends on the ability to self-organize and structure the work under deadlines.





  • Participate in monitoring of media coverage of project-related initiatives, and social media activity related to media freedom issues in Moldova.
  • Track English/Russian/Romanian media coverage of policy developments, civil society initiatives, local and international events related to these issues.
  • Conduct research for assessments, proposals, advocacy efforts, outreach, and news updates.
  • Compile a digest of the most important and time-sensitive developments from the daily research into a newsletter.
  • Participate in the design and publication of Policy Briefs, as well as compiling and sending links and news briefs. Provide support in conducting the research for the Freedom at Issue blog and other relevant platforms on media/internet freedom in Moldova.
  • Take part in the liaison between Senior Researcher and translators to receive final publication (in English, Russian and Romanian) ready for dissemination.
  • Together with other project staff, participate in identifying consequential policy issues, government programs, and civil society initiatives that may have any effect on media freedom in Moldova.
  • 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 focus on Eastern European and Eurasian affairs
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Strong Russian or Romanian language skills
  • 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,  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.





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 internship program.