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- Eurasia Program Intern, Fall Semester, NY, USA

Eurasia Program Intern, Fall Semester

Open Society Foundations

New York, NY


The Open Society Foundations’ Eurasia Program seeks two or three fall interns to support our grant making initiatives. With close supervision by an assigned mentor, interns will learn about the various tools available for implementing issue-based grant making strategies. Over the course of the internship, they will gain an in-depth understanding of the region’s NGO sector and civil society community – ranging from human rights defenders to independent media to online platforms for debate and discussion.

The Eurasia Program works to deepen civil society, uphold human rights, and maintain space for independent debate and discussion in Turkey, Eastern Europe (Moldova, Ukraine), the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). The program is advanced through grant making, advocacy and research, regional initiatives, and close engagement with local Open Society foundations. We believe that a vital civil society is fundamental to the promotion of democratic governance and government accountability.

Please note that upon acceptance, interns will need to provide a letter from their university indicating that they are receiving credit and/or funding for the internship.

Internship Profile

Perform desk research and writing assignments to support grant making initiatives under the supervision of program staff

Analyze grant concepts and proposals, drafting summaries, talking points, and contributing to team discussions

Assess grantee reports, extracting and summarizing key stories and information on the progression of Eurasia Program funded projects for internal and external use

Participate in Eurasia Program team calls, staff meetings, peer review committees, and events— taking notes as needed

Attend external events relevant to the work of the Eurasia Program, taking notes and reporting back to EP staff

Assist in planning events and convenings under the supervision of program staff

Communicate with grantee organizations, providing updates and soliciting information as needed

Translate short documents from Russian to English

Monitor regional local language and English language news outlets for information on the political, social and economic context relevant to the Eurasia Program

Perform other duties and tasks as assigned

Candidate Profile

Currently enrolled in a relevant graduate degree program, with ability to secure funding or credit for internship

Highly motivated and have demonstrated excellence in prior academic and professional endeavors

Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Demonstrated ability to write effectively and analyze/synthesize complex information under deadlines

Excellent attention to detail required

Experience studying abroad or living/working in the region is preferred

Proficiency in Russian and/or other regional languages

Academic or professional experience on issues related to human rights, civic engagement, independent media, and social justice issues in the region is strongly desired

To apply, please upload a cover letter and CV as one document.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.


Job posted on 18 August 2018.

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