World Justice Project
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

The WJP's Index team is seeking a full-time, paid intern for a four to six months position, with the possibility of extension up to one year. Pending social distancing recommendations, the intern will work remotely until the WJP's Washington, DC office is able to open safely. Candidates that are able to transition to full-time work based in WJP's DC office will be given preference.

Candidates selected for this position must have access to a computer with videoconferencing abilities (i.e. Skype) and a reliable internet connection.

Responsibilities: As part of a small team, interns will provide crucial support to the Index team and will assist with data collection efforts and report production for WJP's various projects, including the WJP Rule of Law Index 2021, graphical country reports, and other thematic and country-specific projects. The main responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the primary data collection process for the Qualified Respondents Questionnaire (QRQ) expert surveys or the General Population Poll (GPP) administered in 128 countries for the annual WJP Rule of Law Index This includes survey design and maintenance, survey administration, data collection, management of expert contributor and polling partners, and management of online data collection platforms and CRM databases;
  • Contribute to the data analysis, research, writing, editing, and design of the WJP Rule of Law Index annual report series;
  • Support the production of the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index's graphical country reports and other WJP publications;
  • Support projects and activities related to alternative data collection efforts, data presentation, and data visualization;
  • Conduct qualitative research on rule of law developments around the world;
  • Assist with preparations for meetings and presentations, including producing drafts of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and handouts, and preparing and assembling outreach materials for external distribution;
  • Provide general programmatic and administrative support, including research, editing and proofreading documents and presentations, assisting with Index calendar management, and coordinating logistics for travel and meetings;
  • Undertake rule of law research and analysis as necessary.

Qualifications: This position is open to graduates (Bachelor's degree) with excellent attention to detail and research skills. International experience and foreign language skills are preferred. The ideal candidate will have completed coursework in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, law, or related field. They will be bright, highly dependable, and motivated with a strong academic record and an enthusiastic interest in the rule of law.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications:

  • Preferably at least one year of professional experience, including internships;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel), with preference given to those with prior experience/proven ability managing large databases;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently, and ability to give and receive feedback;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in group settings, the ability to manage his or her own workload, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work under deadline pressure;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent problem solving skills, and attention to detail;
  • Proficiency in a foreign language (especially French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, or Portuguese) is preferred;
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States;
  • Commitment to the WJP's mission and principles (

How to Apply: The World Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. To apply, please visit WJP's employment portal: Please include the following documents along with your application (in one PDF file):

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (five pages maximum)
  • Contact information for three references (past supervisors and employers preferred)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up directly with candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls please.

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