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Rule of Law Index QRQ Intern


Rule of Law Index QRQ Internship


The World Justice Project® (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world. Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small. It is the foundation for communities of peace, opportunity, and equity—underpinning development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights.

The World Justice Project engages citizens and leaders from across the globe and from multiple work disciplines to advance the rule of law. Through Research and Scholarship, the WJP Rule of Law Index, and Engagement, WJP seeks to increase public awareness about the foundational importance of the rule of law;, stimulate policy reforms, and develop practical, on-the-ground programs that enhance and extend the rule of law. Founded by William H. Neukom in 2006 as a presidential initiative of the American Bar Association (ABA), and with the initial support of 21 other strategic partners, the World Justice Project transitioned into an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2009. Its offices are located in Washington, DC, and Seattle, WA, USA.



WJP’s Index team is seeking full-time, paid interns to be based at WJP’s office in Washington DC for the winter and spring (starting in January or February).


Essential Duties and 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 preparation for the Rule of Law Index 2018, Mexican States Rule of Law Index, the Open Government Report, and other thematic and country-specific projects. The main responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide support for administration of the QRQ surveys, including preparation of survey platforms and contact database for data collection.
  • Conduct research to identify potential practitioner and academic legal experts to participate in the QRQ expert survey;
  • Perform data processing, database maintenance and developmental support in maintaining the database of experts for the WJP expert surveys; including basic data entry and data formatting;
  • Assist in preparing for the General Population Poll (GPP) data collection cycle, including evaluating and contracting survey organizations to conduct in-country fieldwork around the world;
  • Edit and proofread WJP publications, including the Mexican States Rule of Law Index, and the Open Government Report;
  • Assist with preparations for meeting and presentations, including producing drafts of power point presentations and handouts, and preparing and assembling outreach materials for external distribution;
  • Provide general administrative support in support of WJP projects, including organizational work in Microsoft Excel and Word; assisting with Index calendar management and logistics for travel and meetings; mass mailings; and other office and logistical support duties.



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (completed or currently pursuing) in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or related field;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel), with preference given to those with prior experience/proven ability to manage large databases;
  • Superior research, writing, oral communication skills;
  • At least one year of relevant professional experience;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently; and ability to give and receive feedback;
  • Highly dependable with the ability to work in a team-oriented environment;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent problem solving skills, and attention to detail;
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • Fluency in Russian is a plus.


How to Apply:

The World Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. Please email a cover letter, resume, a writing sample not exceeding 5 pages, and reference information (1-3 reference contact information, past supervisors and employers preferred) to indexjobs@worldjusticeproject.org with subject line “[Last Name], [First Name] QRQ Internship 2018”. Please send all application documents at once, preferably in PDF format. This position will remain open until filled. 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.