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- Strategy, Impact and Learning Internship, USA

Strategy, Impact and Learning Internship
Democracy Fund

POSITION SUMMARY: The Democracy Fund is seeking a highly motivated graduate student or recent graduate to support the Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact and Learning team for the Spring 2018 term.

The Strategy, Impact and Learning Team supports Democracy Fund in developing strong organizational and programmatic strategies, evaluating their effectiveness, and facilitating reflection and learning across the organization. Using systems thinking and rigorous inquiry, we strive to ensure that Democracy Fund is making strategic and informed choices that achieve impact. We believe that through experimentation, learning and adaptation Democracy Fund can more effectively support the health and resilience of the American political system.


Support efforts by the Democracy Fund to improve data collection, knowledge management, strengthen learning systems, and foster a culture of learning.
Research issues in key policy areas relating to the Democracy Fund’s strategic objectives and oversee regular database updates.
Provide support for the development of long-term evaluation plans and evaluation projects for Democracy Fund Program Initiatives, including supporting a re-development of the Fund’s reporting systems.
Provide logistical support during meetings with staff, reform leaders, political figures, and academics—this may include note-taking, drafting memoranda, proofing and copy editing materials, and welcoming visitors to the Democracy Fund office.
Actively engage with all staff at the Democracy Fund as a capable and collaborative team member. We count on our interns to contribute to policy discussions and help develop solutions to some of the greatest problems our nation faces today.
Assist other Democracy Fund team members, collaborate internally within Democracy Fund, and assist with various operational, administrative, and logistical duties as needed. Other duties relating to team or organizational activities as assigned.


Background in political science, public policy, or a related field, or enrollment in an accredited university program; individuals pursuing a Master’s or higher degree preferred
Excellent written and oral communication skills, experience conducting independent research.
Professional demeanor
Success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
Eagerness to learn, high self-motivation, and orientation towards details
A deep passion for strengthening American democracy
Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives, including individuals from across the political spectrum
Ability to work at least 3 days per week (20 hours minimum; full time preferred)

Position is based in Washington, DC.​ Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please. Cover letters should include: 1) a statement highlighting past research experience or other relevant professional experience, 2) a short write-up of 300 words or less identifying two characteristics or qualities of a healthy democracy you believe are most important, and why, and 3) your availability throughout the Spring, including preferred start and end dates.

Job posted on 4th December 2017
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