3/7/2014 deadline to Apply for an internship in New York

Deadline: 7 March 2014
Open to: an individual currently enrolled in a relevant graduate or undergraduate program who are highly motivated and have demonstrated excellence in prior endeavors.
Remuneration: unpaid, lunch provided.


The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to criticism, whose laws and policies are open to debate and correction, and whose political institutions are open to the participation of all people. The Open Society Foundations seek to strengthen justice and the rule of law; broaden respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities; encourage pluralism and a robust diversity of opinion; deepen democratic practice and participation; expand economic equity; support effective governance; and invest in individuals, public and private organizations, and social movements that advance these goals.

The Open Society Foundations are a global network of foundations committed to local knowledge and national expertise. Their network includes national foundations, regional foundations, and other geographic programs operating in more than one hundred countries. At the same time, many programs with global reach operate from our four headquarters in Europe and the United States, including programs on digital information, documentary photography, drug policy, early childhood, education, fellowships, fiscal governance, higher education, human rights, international migration, justice, public health, scholarships, think tanks, women’s rights, and independent journalism. Still other programs advance our special commitment to Roma communities. In addition to making grants to organizations and individuals, the Open Society Foundations engage in policy advocacy, legal advocacy and litigation, program-related investing, and public communications, as well as providing direct assistance to governments. Most programs and foundations in the network are governed or advised by their own boards.

The Open Society Foundations are the global philanthropies of George Soros, who, as chairman, plays an active role in the work of the foundations.

Purpose of Position

The objective of the internship program with the Office of the President is to expose participants to the methodologies used within the executive office of a nonprofit organization in pursuit of good governance.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Interns are instructed, and receive hands-on training, on some of the broad range of activities involved in addressing the legal, business, policy, and organizational issues confronted by various Open Society programs and projects, including but not limited to, cultivating knowledge about open society strategies, contacts with partner organizations and grantees, and connections to the Foundations’ leadership in studies associated with a project. Interns receive their training in the context of the Office of the President.

With close supervision by an assigned mentor, the intern will learn about the various tools available for engaging with partners and grantees, related to human rights–related operations and for researching issues. The intern will work on :

a) data visualization of Open Society collaborations

b) grantmaking portfolios.

Interns are expected to work between 10 to 15 hours per week.

Education / Experience

For this internship program, Open Society seeks an individual currently enrolled in a relevant graduate or undergraduate program who are highly motivated and have demonstrated excellence in prior endeavors.

Upon acceptance, the intern will need to provide a letter from their university indicating that they are receiving credit and/or funding for the internship.

Skills Required

The ideal candidates will have:

  • strong communication, interpersonal, and computer skills;
  • a demonstrated use or knowledge of data visualization software;
  • a demonstrated ability to write effectively and analyze and summarize complex information;
  • a desire to function in a team environment;
  • an ability to multi-task while remaining attentive to detail.


Unpaid, lunch provided.


Please send a letter of interest and resume before March 7, 2014, to: internships@opensocietyfoundations.org. Include the internship code in subject line: OOP-Intern.

Read more in the official call.

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