Paid Intern

IFES, Arlington, United States

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th May, 2020

Job Description

“All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. IFES will also take affirmative action on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

IFES is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor”

About IFES: Together we build democracies that deliver for all. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral institutions/systems and builds local capacity to deliver sustainable solutions. As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights by providing technical assistance; empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process; and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle. Since 1987, IFES has worked in more than 145 countries across the globe.

Primary function/purpose: As a member of the Center for Applied Research and Learning team, the paid intern will provide research support to the Enhancing Cost Effectiveness in Elections (ECEE) project. The ECEE project intends to collect and process budgetary information regarding electoral processes around the world to enable donors, implementers, and local partners to make informed decisions about investments, understand the resource implications of pursuing high-tech or low-tech reforms, and identify the most cost-effective solutions that also meet democratic standards and principles.

Job Responsibilities: Major Duties and Responsibilities:
The general duties of the paid intern include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research to find publicly available budgets from electoral processes around the world;
  • In coordination with IFES staff, reaching out to election management bodies to request budgetary information and authorization for its use;
  • Interpreting and/or translating election budgets and adapting data to IFES’ established templates and framework;
  • Coordinating with IFES field offices and consultants to review relevant budgetary data;
  • Processing and entering cost of elections data onto the ECEE online platform;
  • Providing logistical and administrative support to ECEE project as needed;
  • Other research duties as assigned by the Center team.

Education: Graduate student currently enrolled at an accredited college/university.

Experience: Relevant experience with research required. Familiarity with budgets strongly preferred. Experience with elections, international development, or related field preferred. Previous internship(s) experience with an international NGO a plus.

Related Skills or Knowledge: Excellent research and communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint. Detail-oriented and organized. Ability to prioritize, take direction, and handle varied tasks within deadlines. Strong communicator, both verbally and in writing. Collaborative, team-oriented individual.


Standard office work environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


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