Project Code: STATE-USA-82

Use Your Analytical Skills to Advance U.S. Foreign Policy in Russia

Project Title Use Your Analytical Skills to Advance U.S. Foreign Policy in Russia
Project Summary You will work closely with a Political Officer in Embassy Moscow's Political Section to identify, correlate, format, and analyze a wide variety of data sources to improve reporting on one of the most important relationships in U.S. foreign policy.
Country United States
Agency Department of State
DoS Office N/A
Section POL
Number of Interns 1
Project Description

The United States-Russia bilateral relationship is one of the most meaningful for securing peace and prosperity throughout the world. Russia is more active in a wider range of global issues than it has been since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The selected research assistant will make a vital contribution to better understanding Russian interests, goals, and activities by working closely with Embassy Moscow’s political section to identify, collect, format, analyze, and visualize data that captures these aspects of Russian foreign policy.

Collaborating with a political officer stationed in Moscow, the research assistant will be responsible for populating a reference library that captures a wide variety of aspects of Russia’s engagement with third countries. The research assistant and political officer will work together to identify additional sources of information, standardize them, and include them in the database. The resulting database should be able to provide a snapshot of Russian engagement with a given country, to include visa regimes, trade and investment figures, arms exports, student exchange agreements, and other relevant indicators. The research assistant will be expected to help identify additional sources of data and should be prepared to produce analytical reports reporting on conclusions derived from the database.

Post will support the virtual intern via periodic phone calls and provide email support. Post will provide the intern with examples of data analysis used in past products, as well as templates for storing the data.

Required Skills or Interests
Data analysis
Data visualization
Economic analysis
Political Analysis
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