Anti-Corruption Research Internship


Basel Institute on Governance 

The Basel Institute on Governance is an independent non-profit organisation working across sectors to counter corruption and related financial crimes and to improve the quality of governance. Registered as a Swiss foundation with headquarters in Basel, the Institute works globally and maintains field operations around the world. The Basel Institute is an Associated Institute of the University of Basel.

Job description

This internship is with our Private Sector team, who take a dual approach to engaging and strengthening the private-sector response to corruption risks in business transactions: by advancing anti-corruption Collective Action, and through advice and technical assistance to private corporations and state-owned enterprises. As part of this work, the Private Sector team manages the B20 Collective Action Hub, which offers a range of anti-corruption publications and tools, plus a database of over 280 Collective Action initiatives and projects designed to raise standards of integrity and fair competition.

We are looking for a self-starter who works well in a team and is enthusiastic to contribute to a broader research project on the topic of Collective Action, which would make use of the body of knowledge available on the B20 Collective Action Hub.

The intern will work with the Governance & Integrity Specialist to review and update how the information in the database is organised, classified and presented. The intern will also have the opportunity to contribute to the design and development of a broader research project looking at the influence of socio-political, cultural and economic factors on anti-corruption efforts.

Key responsibilities 

  • Support the analysis and re-design of the “back end” of the B20 Collective Action Hub database, including reviewing, analysing and updating the initiatives listed. 
  • Contribute to a research project looking at the influence of socio-political, cultural and economic factors on anti-corruption efforts. 
  • Support the Governance & Integrity Specialist on other relevant tasks as may be required. 

Qualifications and skills 

  • Achieved or in-progress university degree or equivalent in data sciences, social sciences or social/public policy. 
  • Some experience in quantitative and qualitative research and/or database management. 
  • Proven interest in corruption prevention. 
  • Very good computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google 
  • applications, and preferably basic website editing. 
  • Excellent English skills; proficiency in another language would be an advantage.

Place of work: Basel, Switzerland

Employment: 50%–100%

Start date: As soon as possible, latest start date 1 July 2023

Contract type: Internship, minimum 3 months

Other: Must be eligible to work in Switzerland

We offer an interesting and rewarding working environment with a proactive, dynamic and international team. The work is both routine and varied, and offers scope for initiative and innovation depending on your skills and interests. This is a paid internship in Swiss Francs.


Please send your written application (CV, letter of motivation, contact details of three professional references and their reference letters; all documents merged in a single PDF file), at your earliest convenience, but no later than 16 June 2023 by email to:

For further information about this position, please contact:, Governance & Integrity Specialist.

Equal opportunity employer 

The Basel Institute is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.


Attendance is free but there will be a no show fee of CHF 30 for no shows and cancellations within 24h of the event.
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