Just & Inclusive Society Graduate Research Intern (Fall 2022)

Washington, DC
Full Time
Entry Level


Democracy Fund is a foundation working to defend American democracy and challenge it to be more open and just. Created by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, Democracy Fund has made more than $200 million in grants to support free and fair elections, a vibrant and diverse public square, effective and accountable government, and a just and inclusive society. In addition to grantmaking, Democracy Fund advocates for better solutions and works with partners to grow philanthropic support for our democracy. To learn more, visit www.democracyfund.org and www.democracyfundvoice.org.


Democracy Fund champions leaders and organizations who defend democracy and challenge our political system to be more open, just, resilient, and trustworthy. We believe that experimentation, learning, and adaptation are key to the health and resilience of any system, whether it is our organization or the American political system.  As grantmakers we focus on listening and being of service to our grantees, who are visionaries and our collaborators, and on ways we can more deeply embed diversity, equity, and inclusion as values central to the success of our work and mission

We offer 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.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to support the Just and Inclusive Society Program for a nine-month internship, starting September 7, 2022 and running through June 24, 2023. This is a full-time position (35-40 hours per week). This internship may be performed remotely or in person at our D.C. office if the intern prefers. The pay rate for graduate level-interns is $25 per hour. This position will report directly to the Strategy and Learning Manager for the JIS Program with indirect lines of reporting to its Program Director and Program Associates.

To systematically shift the balance of power in the ongoing contest over whether we should be an inclusive, multi-racial democracy, the Just and Inclusive Society (JIS) Program works to build and support infrastructure to withstand and challenge the growing authoritarian faction. We do so by supporting those communities targeted by the faction, particularly Black, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (BAMEMSA) communities, including immigrants, along with a larger ecosystem of anti-authoritarian actors and organizations. To this end, the JIS program is seeking an intern that can support various research needs within the program.


  • Conduct, analyze, and synthesize quantitative and qualitative research (e.g., desktop research, interviews) about issues directly related to Democracy Fund’s strategic objectives.
  • Develop written products (e.g., briefs, analyses, summaries, notes) in support of research projects.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for in-person workshops, meetings, and events for internal and external stakeholders (this may include scheduling, notetaking, drafting memoranda, proofreading and copyediting materials, and welcoming visitors to Democracy Fund's office).
  • Provide support for the development of long-term strategy, learning, and evaluation plans for the JIS program Initiatives.
  • Actively engage with all staff at Democracy Fund as a capable and collaborative team member.


  • A deep passion for creating an open, multi-racial American democracy, inclusive of all communities, especially immigrants and historically marginalized groups.
  • Ability to work full-time (35-40 hours per week).
  • Completion of an accredited (graduate degree) university program or equivalent professional or lived experience in the field and/or with immigrant or historically marginalized communities.
  • Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives, including individuals from across the political spectrum.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a demonstrated background in conducting qualitative and/or quantitative research in an academic or policy setting.
  • Ability and willingness to conduct administrative and logistical support (e.g., scheduling, event planning, etc.).
  • Success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships.
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to be flexible, adapt, and prioritize tasks and responsibilities amidst ambiguity.
  • Eagerness to learn, high self-motivation, and orientation towards details.
  • Ability to work remotely.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume through our Jobs page. Applications submitted without a cover letter or lacking the desired years of experience will not be considered. Take this opportunity to tell us about yourself and why you're interested in joining our team. No calls please. 

Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.







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