The LEARN Summer Intern Program
Freedom House LEARN Interns benefit from a dynamic, structured learning environment where they develop skills for future job placement and build relationships with professionals in their areas of interest.
The LEARN Summer Intern Program develops and educates future democracy and human rights professionals interested in working in a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to democracy and human rights. Interns benefit from a dynamic, structured learning environment where they develop skills for future job placement and build relationships with professionals in their areas of interest. LEARN interns will work closely with their assigned teams, provide administrative and logistical support for program implementation and organizational processes.
- Freedom House LEARN Summer Internships take place June through August, with some flexibility in timing for undergraduate program timeframe variations.
- Internship schedules are anticipated to be 40 hours per week.
- Freedom House LEARN Internships are paid at an hourly rate of $17.50.
- Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States independent from Freedom House sponsorship and must be resident in a location within the United States where Freedom House is already registered and compliant with state employment requirements
- Candidates should reside in the Washington, DC or New York City regions, but may be considered for remote work on a case-by-case basis. Please check the job postings for location designations.
- Final deadline for applications is February 29, 2024.
- Note: each department will have different qualifications. Please review each job posting.
LEARN Summer Intern Program Objectives:
- Leverage and apply the theoretical ideas and technical skills taught in the classroom.
- Earn substantive experience in a professional setting (hybrid or virtual).
- Attend Freedom House sponsored workshops, lectures, and in-house events including lunch and learn meetings with the President, Executives, and other interns from various programs to make an internship with Freedom House a cohort experience.
- Research career opportunities available and the education and background needed.
- Network with a diverse group committed to making a difference in democracy and human rights around the world.
Features of The LEARN Summer Intern Program:
- Feedback and mentoring from assigned supervisor, as well as a staff mentor to network and collaborate outside of assigned supervisor and team.
- Structured “Lunch and Learn” opportunities with Freedom House executives.
- Scheduled networking opportunities with senior professionals, colleagues and intern peers.
- Workshops to advance professional development.
- Team-building and social activities that forge new friendships with other Interns.
- An opportunity to formally present internship contributions and key learning aspects at an end-of-internship wrap up event.
- Enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited community college, college or university
- A sophomore or above while participating in the program who has completed at least two semesters before entering the LEARN Internship Program
- A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
- Working towards an undergraduate degree in a field related to the scope of the posted internship.
*Any academic credit for the LEARN Internship will must be arranged with the college or university directly by the intern with support from the supervisor.
- Demonstrated interest in international affairs and/or democracy and human rights, including protections for historically marginalized communities
- Demonstrated curiosity in exploring the complexities of transnational surveillance and harassment, as well as the ways to build institutional resilience to such practices in host states
- Experience conducting intensive online research and fact-checking
- Experience drafting and proofreading a variety of written products
Personal Attributes and Characteristics:
- Strong work ethic and desire for personal and professional development. Demonstrable desire for personal excellence. Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills.
- Deeply committed to nonpartisanship, exhibiting a strong and sustained commitment to the mission of Freedom House
- Interest in human rights, democracy, or international development concepts
- Committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where all feel that they belong.
General Working Conditions:
- General working office environment for interns in the Washington, DC and New York City offices.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
- Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting or remote work.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Freedom House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
We invite all interested and qualified candidates to complete the online application, which includes the submission of a resume and cover letter expressing interest in the LEARN Intern Summer Program.
After application submission, you will receive an automated notification. Due to the large number of applicants, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications. Candidates who advance in the selection process will receive an invitation for a screening interview. Successful candidates in that interview will then meet with a supervisor and team members.
Please note that you may not be notified of your status until a final decision has been made. Only candidates who have been selected to move through the selection process will be contacted.