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Internships: Democracy Program

  • Interns selected by the Democracy Program help promote democratic transition and consolidation through projects involving election monitoring and mediation, technical assistance to strengthen civil society, and efforts to advance the rule of law.

Overview

The Democracy Program was founded on the belief that reinforcing the process of democratization is the best means of promoting human rights, supporting sustainable economic opportunity, and resolving conflicts peacefully. The program's goals are to promote democratic transition and consolidation through projects involving election monitoring and mediation, technical assistance to strengthen civil society, and efforts to advance the rule of law and to strengthen the implementation of international democratic election standards based on international public law.

The Democracy Program staff conducts electoral observation in countries that are undergoing transitional elections, countries emerging from conflict, and/or those at risk of backsliding in their democratization process. In recent years, the Democracy Program has organized election observation projects in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Libya, Egypt, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As of November 2014, the Democracy Program has monitored 99 elections in 38 countries. In all of its work, the program incorporates a commitment to the protection and advancement of broad-based human rights values. The involvement of other Carter Center programs creates the comprehensive, long-term strategic approach needed to help nations build peaceful, just, and economically viable societies.

In addition to election observation, the Democracy Program provides long-term support to civil society organizations to observe and report on human rights violations and governance of the extractive industries in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Other areas of programmatic focus include the provision of technical assistance to citizen observer organizations and observation of and reporting on political transitions.

Number of Interns per Semester: 6-7

Applicant Preferences

  • Foreign language skills (particularly French, Arabic)
  • Background in political science, international affairs, democratization, law, human rights, or other related areas
  • Overseas work or research experience
  • Computer skills (e.g., experience with advanced Excel, database, web design, and tablet/phone application)

Typical Projects

  • Backstop and support implementation of election observation missions
  • Support democratic consolidation, human rights, and civil society building project
  • Conduct research projects as needed by project staff
  • Draft research papers, presentations, and other project documents for external use
  • Track daily and weekend current events in countries of interest
  • Support project planning and implementation
  • Draft memorandums, reports, proposals, and other project documents
  • Support tablet and database system used in election observation data gathering and analysis
  • Provide support for the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network
  • Prepare briefing materials for meetings
  • Document translation

Interested in applying for an internship in the Center's Democracy Program? Check out the application deadlines >

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Application Deadlines

Internships

FALL (late August – early December)
Deadline: June 15


SPRING (mid-January – early May)
Deadline: Oct. 15


SUMMER (mid-May – mid-August) 
Deadline: March 1

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