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Virtual Intern - Evidence & Learning

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the Core Values in their day to day operations. The Core Values, which are IRI’s foundational building blocks include: 

Excellence - We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people. Freedom - We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive. Respect - We believe in trust, empathy, and empowering people. Teamwork - We believe in diversity, inclusion, and the power of global collaboration. Transparency - We believe in open communication and clear decision-making. Accountability - We believe in personal responsibility.

The International Republican Institute (IRI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth.

Position Requirements
  • Undergraduate degree, completed or in progress, in political science, international relations, or related field.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint required.
  • Excellent writing, research, and communication skills.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:
  • Provide desk-based qualitative research support on democracy and governance issues, including political parties, democratic erosion, information disorders, civic engagement and social movements.
  • With guidance from E&R staff, conduct analysis of qualitative and/or quantitative data, including interview transcripts, for program and portfolio evaluation and Institutional learning efforts
  • Prepare E&R products for public consumption, including by copyediting, managing references, and formatting documents.  
  • Assist in the design, organization, and implementation of dissemination events for E&R products, including webinars, seminars, and workshops.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Gain familiarity and experience with evaluation and applied social science research for democracy and governance programs.
  • Gain working proficiency in qualitative methods for evaluation and research, including using qualitative data analysis (QDA) software.
  • Gain exposure to advanced methods for evaluation and research, including measurement, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, quantitative data analysis, and forecasting.
  • Experience with translating evidence from evaluation and applied research for non-specialists, including program staff who are designing and implementing programs.