The Open Society Eurasia Program Eurasia Program works to deepen civil society, uphold human rights, and maintain space for independent debate and discussion in Eastern Europe (Moldova, Ukraine), Russia, the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). The program is advanced through grantmaking, advocacy and research, regional initiatives, and close engagement with local Open Society foundations. We believe that a vital civil society is fundamental to the promotion of democratic governance and government accountability.

Throughout the region, the program works with a wide range of partners from all sectors of civil society, with a particular focus on the following:

  • Promoting human rights;
  • Combatting corruption;
  • Strengthening independent, alternative, and social media;
  • Securing access to justice for marginalized groups;
  • Creating and maintaining platforms for debate and civic engagement;
  • Integrating local actors into the global exchange of ideas.
Open Society Foundations

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. We 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.

We are a global network of foundations committed to local knowledge and national expertise. Our 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, and women’s rights. 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. 

Job Profile

The objective of the internship program with the Eurasia Program is to train participants on some of the methodologies used by public interest advocacy groups like Open Society to closely monitor the social, political, and economic environment in the region.

The intern will be instructed, and receive hands-on training, in the promotion of human rights, civil society, rule of law and access to information, including but not limited to, the identification of an injustice to be remedied, the formulation of a comprehensive action plan, and the research and writing involved in studies associated with the program. The intern will receive their training in the context of the Eurasia Program.

With close supervision by an assigned mentor, the intern will learn about the various tools available for researching issues and engaging in oral and written persuasive techniques related to human rights–related initiatives.

Over the course of the internship, they will gain an in-depth understanding of the region’s NGO sector and human rights community—ranging from strategic litigation to cultural initiatives to online platforms for debate and discussion.

The intern will receive hands-on research and writing experience by assisting Open Society in monitoring regional Russian and English language news outlets for information on the political, social, and economic context relevant to the Eurasia Program, translate short documents from Russian to English, and provide summaries and critiques of grant reports. The intern also will learn the communication skills that are required in international grantmaking initiatives like the Eurasia Program by, among other things, assisting in the drafting of related correspondence and participating in conference calls.


For this internship program, Open Society is seeking an individual currently enrolled in a relevant graduate/undergraduate/law degree program who is highly motivated and has demonstrated excellence in prior endeavors. The ideal candidates will have strong communication, interpersonal, and computer skills, a demonstrated ability to write effectively and analyze and summarize complex information, and a desire to function in a team environment. They also must be able to multi-task while remaining attentive to detail, and be proficient in Russian and/or other regional languages.

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. 

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

Please email resume and cover letter by October 3, 2014, to: Include job code in the subject line: Intern-EP.