Spring Internship, Eurasia Program

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Internship
  • Posted
    Nov 14

Position description

Spring Internship, Eurasia Program, Eurasia Program, New York, Deadline: 12/10/2018

The Open Society Foundations' Eurasia Program seeks two or three spring interns to support our grant making initiatives. With 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 anti-discrimination and campaigning 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.

The internship term extends from February through May, and requires a part-time commitment of at least 10 hours/week for 15 weeks.

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
  • 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 preferred
  • Academic or professional experience on issues related to human rights, independent media, anti-discrimination and campaigning in the region is strongly desired


To apply, please upload a cover letter and CV. The internship is unpaid. Interns receive daily lunch at the office.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

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.
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