Monday, March 31, 2008

Internship Opportunity: Economic Policy Program at the German Marshall Fund

This DC-based internship opportunity came our way through the Organization of International Development at GWU. This may be of interest for those in the energy/environmental policy fields.

The Economics Policy Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) seeks a part-time intern to pursue substantive research and analysis on core program issues as well as administrative support. Starting date would be immediately or any time in early 2008.
The German Marshall Fund’s Economic Policy Program seeks to advance prosperity, opportunity, stability and good governance in the transatlantic community and around the world. The program has four main areas:
- Development and aid policies;
- Trade policies, including agricultural and biofuels policies;
- Climate and trade policies.

Duties will include conducting background research and literature reviews on specific topics including Africa, economic development and agriculture; gathering and organizing statistical data; performing scans of Africa-based organizations; tracking Africa-related events; and editing and contributing to policy-relevant publications. The intern should expect to balance work on a longer-term project on infrastructure and economic development with time-sensitive requests as needed. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in policy meetings at both GMF and external organizations, and may be asked to summarize key points for the program team. Further duties include logistical and administrative support for the Program Associate and for the Managing Director of the Agricultural Markets Program at the Hewlett Foundation.

This graduate level internship is unpaid but offers an ideal opportunity to acquire substantive professional experience for those interested in a career in public policy or international affairs. Our office is in a great Metro-accessible location, just blocks from Dupont Circle. GMF offers a stimulating, supportive work environment. The intern will be considered to be a full member of the Economic Policy Program team.

An ideal candidate will:
- have excellent analytical and writing skills and previous research experience
- be able to commit 15 hours per week (primarily during the standard 9-5 workday)
- be creative, organized, self-directed and responsible
- be comfortable working independently and as part of a team, and multi-tasking
- possess a background in economics, international trade, agriculture, development and/or international relations, preferably with some experience working on African issues
- be able to start as soon as possible.

To be considered for this internship please send cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample (a research paper demonstrating finely tuned writing skills and relevance to the Economic Policy Program’s areas of interest) to Ms. Ulrike Leis at uleis at gmfus dot org.

Please be sure to describe your specific dates of availability (3-12 months) and anticipated weekly schedule (indicating your willingness to work at least 15 hours each week); your relevant background and qualifications for this position; and an idea of your specific interests in the fields of economics, trade, agriculture, and/or development.
This specific internship position may be eligible for funding.
GMF is equal opportunity employer.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a public policy and grant making institution dedicated to fostering cooperation between the United States and Europe in the spirit of the postwar Marshall Plan. GMF promotes the study of international and domestic policies, supports comparative research and debate on key issues, and assists policy and opinion leaders’ understanding of these issues. For more information see

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