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CSD Internship Program

Position description: The Center for the Study of Democracy offers internship opportunities for outstanding university students, who are interested in gaining experience in an interdisciplinary public policy think tank. The main thematic areas of research and policy analysis are: crime and security, justice, corruption and state capture, human rights and migration, energy security, energy transition and economic development, and foreign influence and disinformation.


  •      excellent university credentials
  •      fluency in English (second major EU language will be considered an advantage)
  •      computer literacy (spreadsheets, presentations)
  •      very good written and analytical skills
  •      organizational skills
  •      ability to quickly and efficiently perform searches in databases and in the Internet
  •      ability to work under pressure


  •      assist project preparation
  •      assist project management
  •      assist the day-to-day work of the organization

Interns are expected to be well organized and able to adapt to a varying workload. They should have a strong desire to learn, a sense of responsibility as well as adaptability and flexibility, team work, initiative and enthusiasm. CSD offers half-day or full-day internships, with precedence being given to candidates with a minimum commitment of three months. Interns should devote between 20 and 40 hours per week with a possibility for flexible working time.

Upon entering CSD internship program, each intern will be assigned a long-term commitment task, based on their individual competencies/interests and built around CSD’s core policy/research focus. Interns will also be assigned short-term tasks corresponding to the needs of the current program/project development and implementation cycle. For the period of their commitment, interns will be granted full access to CSD’s library and to interviews with CSD experts, as well as to CSD’s network of external contacts and associates. 

Note: The internship is unpaid. Specific tasks might involve remuneration. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote internships (full or partial) are also acceptable until the crisis is fully resolved.

Application: Please send your CV, motivation letter and writing sample in English (5-10 pages) at Please also indicate which CSD program you are applying for (referring beforehand to the CSD Annual Report for the CSD programs' reviews), along with your main topics of interest, preferred internship term and period of placement, the workload you can devote in terms of weekly hours (from 20 to 40), and the internship mode (on site, remote or hybrid).

Approval of candidates: Internship applications are reviewed at the end of each month and only shortlisted candidates are contacted by the 5th (or the 10th if the number of applicants is high) of the following month. Prior to joining the CSD internship program, approved candidates from abroad who wish to relocate to Sofia should obtain any relevant medical, accident and/or liability insurance for the whole period of their commitment with CSD.

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