Intern: Central and West Africa (Francophone Cone) - National Democratic Institute | Washington

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking undergraduate or graduate candidates for internships with NDI's Central and West Africa (CEWA) programs for Fall/Winter 2011. The intern will be responsible for conducting country and program-specific research, attending meetings on Central and West African Affairs and providing administrative support for country programs.


Assist the Central Africa cone of NDI's Central and West Africa (CEWA) team in implementing democratic development programs through the following assignments:

  • Provide administrative support on assigned country programs, including filing, faxing, copying, and mailing;
  • Assist with program logistics, including arrangements for airfare and hotel, schedules, and briefing books for traveling NDI staff and consultants;
  • Collect and distribute foreign and domestic newspaper, magazine, and/or academic articles pertaining to Central African affairs;
  • Assist in researching and drafting periodic reports;
  • Attend outside events on Central Africa and provide written summaries to team members;
  • Attend internal events and meetings and provide minutes to team members;
  • Complete English-French and French-English translation of program documents;
  • Assist in organizing document archives of NDI programs in the CEWA region;
  • Complete special projects as requested; and
  • Additional responsibilities based on demonstrated ability could include: review field office expenditures, research and draft sections of new program proposals, and more.
Experience Required
  • Pursing an undergraduate or graduate degree program, or a recent graduate of such a program (relevant degree programs might include but are not limited to: African studies, international development, international relations, or political science);
  • Some knowledge of Central and West Africa, and an interest in learning more;
  • High degree of organization, and skill at prioritizing and managing multiple tasks;
  • Strong researching and writing skills;
  • Proficiency in MS Office software, particularly Word and Excel, (blogging experience and knowledge of Google Apps are pluses);
  • Flexible, diligent, and team-oriented personality; and
  • Oral and written proficiency in English and French.
NDI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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