Fall 2019 Research Intern Position Available

Fall 2019 Research Intern (unpaid): ITIC’s Energy Growth and Security (EGS) Program

Location: DC or virtual. The intern can either work in Washington, DC, or remotely.


ITIC’s Energy Growth and Security (EGS) Program, headed by Dr. Ariel Cohen,  focuses on natural resources, infrastructure, and energy transformations unfolding in Eurasia, Europe, the Middle East, and around the world.  

The Research Intern will: work on high-level research projects, prepare research briefs, provide literature reviews, talking points, and prepare presentations while reporting to our senior staff. In particular, the Research Intern will focus on programs and projects dealing with international energy policy & markets. The suitable candidate will also be engaged in detail-oriented project management on a day-to-day basis, including document drafting, data gathering, entry, and analysis.

Other duties include organizing and attending conferences, workshops, panel discussions, and other events; administering long-term projects; supporting bids for new projects; as well as scheduling and administrative support.

Academic credit possible but must be discussed on case-by-case basis. Access to numerous networking opportunities, lectures, receptions and policy luncheons will be available. Graduate students and graduates are particularly welcome.


* Superb on-line research skills (Internet, databases)

* Excellent, proven, native-level English writing and editing skills

* Microsoft Office high level fluency (Word, Access, Power Point, Excel)

* Interest/background in energy policy and/or Russia, Eurasia

* Russian, Turkish, and/or Arabic language skills a plus

* Superior organizational skills and demonstrated self-initiative and ability to complete    tasks with minimal supervision


To apply:

Please send your resume, 3 relevant writing samples, and dates of availability to James Grant (Program Manager) (jgrant@iticnet.org) with the job title in the subject line. Candidates will be selected on a rolling basis through the month of September. The position will be a four month commitment.

The INTERNATIONAL TAX AND INVESTMENT CENTER (ITIC) is an independent, nonprofit research and education organization founded in 1993 to promote tax reform and public-private initiatives to improve the investment climate in transition and developing economies. ITIC serves as a clearinghouse for information on best practices in taxation and investment policy.

ITIC encourages tax, trade and investment policies that enhance economic growth in non-OECD countries by facilitating mutual understanding and trust between business and government through the ITIC “neutral table,” where stakeholders convene to discuss academic analyses, policy studies and international best practices. ITIC works with ministries of finance, customs services and tax authorities in 85 countries, as well as international and regional financial institutions engaged in tax policy and tax administration issues. ITIC’s analytic agenda, global thematic initiatives, regional tax forums, and capacity-building efforts are supported by dozens of corporate sponsors.

ITIC is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background. This is an unpaid position.

ITIC Featured in BRITACOM Special Edition Journal

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A recent article by ITIC President Daniel Witt and Senior Advisor Hafiz Choudhury was featured in the BRITACOM special edition journal, Building a Growth-Friendly Tax Environment in collaboration with International Taxation in China.

The article, "Belt and Road Initiative: Removing Tax Obstacles and Strengthening Cooperation for Investments to Deliver Growth and Development," discussed tax issues in the region and how "BRI countries should be looking at ways to create a favorable investment climate without giving up too much tax revenue, and without placing burdens on tax administrations with scarce resources."

ITIC Signs MoU with Chinese Partners


During the first conference of the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Administration Cooperation Forum (BRITACOF), ITIC President Daniel Witt signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) and the China International Tax Research Institute (CITRI). The MoU formally establishes cooperation between the three organizations to assist BRI jurisdictions as they undertake reforms to improve trade and investment in the region.

As initial steps under the MoU, the three partners organized several industry-specific workshops (digital economy and e-commerce; engineering, construction and services; and oil, gas, and mining) earlier this week in Beijing to identify the most important tax issues facing companies in the BRI countries. A report on the workshops will soon be presented to the PRC State Tax Administration (STA).

L to R: Wang Jun (STA Commissioner); Liao Tizhong (Director General of the STA International Department) and Dan Witt during the MoU signing ceremony.

L to R: Wang Jun (STA Commissioner); Liao Tizhong (Director General of the STA International Department) and Dan Witt during the MoU signing ceremony.

ITIC Named Official Observer to BRITACOM

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Earlier this week at the first Conference of the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Administration Cooperation Forum (BRITACOF), ITIC President Daniel Witt signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Administration Cooperation Mechanism (BRITACOM). 

Through this MoU, ITIC is officially recognized as an Observer to BRITACOM, a joint effort of the Belt and Road Initiative Cooperation Parties (BRCP) to "contribute to building a growth-friendly tax environment through cooperation in tax service, tax dispute resolution, tax capacity building and sharing of experiences and best practices in tax administration."

Financing Sustainable Development and Achieving the 2030 Agenda

On the eve of the IMF and World Bank spring meetings, ITIC organized a dinner for senior government officials and ITIC sponsors to discuss the need to unlock private investment to drive inclusive growth and prosperity to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The dinner featured remarks by H.E. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Subsequent to the ITIC dinner, at a high-level meeting in New York City, Ambassador Salim Baddoura (current President of UNCTAD's governing body) spoke about the need for the "international community to recommit to multilateralism" and UNCTAD's related work on financing sustainable development. [Continue Reading]