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Strategy, Impact, & Learning Internship

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation that invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. At the heart of our vision for the future are three core commitments: fostering more effective governance in the United States, modernizing our election and campaign finance systems, and strengthening our media and the public square to help people understand and participate in the democratic process. To date, we have committed more than $50 million in support of a healthy democracy.

Out of deep respect for the U.S. Constitution and our nation’s core democratic values, the Democracy Fund was established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. Incubated inside Omidyar Network, the Democracy Fund launched as an independent foundation in 2014 and is based in Washington, D.C. More information about our work may be found at

We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student or recent graduate to support the Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact and Learning team for the Summer 2017 term.

The Strategy, Impact and Learning Team supports Democracy Fund in developing strong organizational and program-level strategies and ensures the organization is continually improving its work through a culture of active learning. Using systems thinking and a variety of other tools, the team facilitates strategy development, manages evaluation processes, and supports research and learning across the organization.


  • Research issues in key policy areas relating to the Democracy Fund’s strategic objectives and oversee regular database updates. In particular, provide support for an on-going project to identify key characteristics of a healthy democracy.
  • Provide support for the development of long-term evaluation plans for Democracy Fund Program Initiative, including the Local News and Participation Initiative.
  • Provide logistical support during meetings with reform leaders, political figures, and academic authorities—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.
  • 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 4 days per week (32 hours minimum; full time preferred).


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. 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 Summer term, including preferred start and end dates.

The Democracy Fund offers a paid internship program in an inclusive environment that gives students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to make important professional contributions to our work. For the Summer 2017 term, the pay rate is $21/hour for undergraduate interns and $25/hour for graduate level interns. The Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage candidates of all ages, colors, ethnic backgrounds, countries of origin, religions, disability status, sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities to apply.


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