Global Trade Watch – Research Internship
General Description: The research intern will provide invaluable support to the research team by providing substantive background investigation into varied topics such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals, food safety issues, environmental policies, trade policy positions of Congressional candidates, financial regulation, foreign direct investment, and jobs and wages, among others. Beyond analyzing the U.S. impacts of trade and investment policies, we are currently working on projects covering Brazil, China, Europe, Southeast Asia, and several Latin American countries. The research intern will also attend Congressional hearings, think tank briefings, and other events and report back to GTW. All interns are expected to do some administrative support work, but the majority of the research intern’s duties will involve working directly with the research team.
Qualifications: Qualified applicants will have had experience conducting in-depth research, including broad-based internet searches, database research, and experience providing article and topic summaries. Excellent writing skills and proficiency in Word and Excel needed. Previous experience and understanding of trade policy issues is preferred but not required.
Capabilities: We are seeking candidates who are well organized, creative, willing to learn, detail-oriented and not afraid to ask questions or present ideas. The research intern should be able to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Since the research intern may be starting the initial research for future projects, they will need to be comfortable discussing new ideas with the research team.
Conditions: The office is located on the third floor and requires walking two flights of stairs and several blocks to and from congressional offices. GTW is a smoke-free workplace.
Expectations: We expect that interns be able to work a minimum of 10-15 hours a week. Our internships generally follow the academic calendar (beginning and ending with each semester,) but there is some flexibility within that. We request at least an 8-week commitment, though interns may request to remain longer than one semester.
Compensation: The research intern position is unpaid. Academic credit can be arranged.
How to Apply: We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please send your resume, cover letter (include specific areas of interest in trade policy or international affairs), availability to email@example.com.
People of color, women and LGBT candidates are encouraged to apply.
Public Citizen serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital. For 40 years, we have proudly championed citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch agencies and the courts, ensuring that all Americans are represented in the halls of power and that our government works for us.
Global Trade Watch is a division of Public Citizen founded in 1995 to promote government and corporate accountability in the globalization and trade arena. At the forefront of national and international globalization struggles, GTW is one of the few progressive organizations focused full-time on these issues.
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