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 www.democracyfund.org.
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.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:
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.
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).
HOW TO APPLY:
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.