Internships at NDI
Internships at NDI


The National Democratic Institute offers paid internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students — as well as young professionals — from diverse backgrounds who want to learn about international development focused on democracy and governance.

NDI provides young leaders with an opportunity to better understand how the Institute’s programs are designed, implemented, and evaluated. Internships typically last for three to six months. Interns who already possess a bachelor's degree are referred to as Project Assistants (PAs).

Participants in NDI's internship program:

  • Gain substantive professional experience and critical skills for work in the non-profit sector;
  • Attend a three-day hands-on workshop focused on writing, social media, and administrative skills, budget tracking, proposal writing, basics of program implementation and M&E; as well as guidance for post-internship job searches, and a technology science fair;
  • Access free in-house training programs — for both job-related and lifelong skills to enhance career opportunities;
  • Receive personal and professional development opportunities including meeting with NDI senior leadership and building future career networks; and
  • Attend workshops, lectures, and other in-house events including frequent brown bag lunches with NDI speakers and associated institutions working all over the world.

Should you have questions regarding NDI’s Internship Program, please contact us.

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In 2016:

  • NDI offered 118 paid internships and 5 unpaid fellowships. 99% of participants in NDI’s internship program had completed a bachelor’s degree, while 28% had also earned a master’s degree.
  • On average, NDI promotes over 25% of its Interns and Project Assistants into permanent positions each year.
  • Over 500 students from U.S. universities and colleges visit NDI’s Washington, DC office every year.

Areas of Study (2016)


NDI is made up of three types of teams:

  • Regional teams that implement programs and oversee field offices within a specific geographic area;
  • Functional teams that support programs with global expertise in specific subject areas of technical assistance; and
  • Administrative teams.

The percentage of NDI internship participants by team and a list of sub-teams within these teams are shown below.

Internship Participants on NDI Teams (2016)


In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all, NDI bases its employment decisions on merit, qualifications and abilities. NDI is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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