VoxUkraine is an independent analytical platform founded in 2014, after the Revolution of Dignity, by a team of highly experienced economists and lawyers based in Ukraine and abroad.
"In 2014, many world-class economists wanted to help Ukraine. But it soon became evident that neither the Government nor the Verkhovna Rada needed an expert opinion by Nobel laureates themselves. Then we decided to choose a longer but a fundamental way and increase the level of education and economic debate in Ukraine. Thus, in September of 2014, we launched VoxUkraine.org, a blog for economists," says Tymofiy Mylovanov, a VoxUkraine co-founder and professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
Nowadays, VoxUkraine engages in a variety ofresearch and economic activities, publishes an online magazine on economics, and develops a number of educational programs. VoxUkraine is not related to any Ukrainian political party or movement. Businessmen, government officials, or politicians have no impact on our work.
What Vox Does
Research: we discover what is really happening in Ukraine. VaxUkraine uses a scientific method of analysis to make an unbiased assessment of major economic and political processes and decisions in Ukraine. Key projects by the Vox team include:
- iMoRe , a unique index of the pace of economic reforms; a periodical publication that rates the efficiency of ministries;
- DataVox, a project that studies the activity ofVerkhovna Rada representatives using mathematical methods and numerical data.
- VoxCheck, a fact-checking service and the first publication of its type in modem Ukraine.
- VoxConnector , a unique project that syndicates experts' comments on economic reforms to the local media.
Media: on VoxUkraine blog we perform a quality analysis of economic processes and the most important developments in and around Ukraine. VoxUkraine creates quality content on economic and near-economic topics. All articles (with rare exceptions) and papers published on Vox undergo an editorial review process wherein two Vox editors check the data, facts, and logic of the article. Vox materials are reposted by leading Ukrainian media, including Ukrayinska Pravda, Liga.net, Novoye Vremya, and others, and the world media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times and others.
Education: we increase the level of economic knowledge. VoxUkraine conducts educational seminars and lectures on a regular basis. In October 2017 we launched new online course for journalists "How to write about economy without mistakes ·.
Why we do
Our mission is to improve the level of the economic debate in Ukraine. We believe this will improve the quality of economic decisions in Ukraine and have a positive impact on the welfare of millions of our compatriots.
We will achieve this through a quality economic debate, economic policy analysis, independent evaluation of economic reforms, and Ukraine's integration into the global network of economists and political leaders.
How we do it
We try to bring the best world experts to the discussion around issues important for Ukraine. Since VoxUkraine was founded, more than 270 authors have published articles on our platform, among them Nobel laureate Roger Myerson, head of the London School of Economics Erik Berglof, and others.
VoxUkriane is working in the following areas:
- Development of the economic debate in Ukraine
- VoxCheck: we make politicians say the truth. VoxCheck project checks statements by Ukrainian politicians and debunks economic myths spread by them
- IMoRe project (Index for Monitoring Reforms in Ukraine)The main purpose of the project is to inform the society about the pace and depth of the country's reform process. We assess Ukraine's only index for monitoring reforms based on regular assessment provided by more than 40 experts who evaluate the impact of government decisions (changes in the regulatory environment) on the reforms.
- We assess and control the authorities (Efficiency of the MPs, Ministries' ranking etc.). Our DataVox project studies political processes and activities of the Verkhovna Rada using open data and mathematical treatment.
- Education. We create a series of online education courses to develop high-quality economic journalism in Ukraine.
- VoxConnector. This project was launched in early 2017. Its purpose is to provide the large audience of the local media with access to an unbiased analysis about economy and the real course of the changes in the country. VoxConnector has also been building communication between regional media and the Kyiv expert community.
Work Description: We offer a project-based internship. The intern can select and join one of the above-mentioned projects implemented by VoxUkraine.
- as an analyst's assistant you will seek information for analytical research, prepare analytical papers (iMoRe, VoxUkraine blog, VoxCheck, Vox Data);
- assist in organizing public events;
- independently prepare at least one analytical document/research, which will be published on our webpage (iMoRe, VoxUkraine blog, VoxCheck, Vox Data, VoxConnector);
- data analysis and visualization; (Vox Data)
- tasks referred to design of VoxUkraine publications (VoxUkraine blog);
- translation and editing of English version of our analytical papers (VoxUkraine blog)
Internship Dates: June 22 - Aug. 14, 2020
Work Attire: Casual, Smart Casual
Local Language: Ukrainian, Not Required
Additional desrired intern qualifications:
- Interested in economic development and reforms in Ukraine.
- Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and coterms who are undergraduates in all majors, including undeclared. Coterm students must still have undergraduate status.
- Applicants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors must postpone graduation paperwork until the internship ends, but may participate in commencement. For summer graduation requirements, including details regarding enrollment requirements and information about participation in the June commencement ceremonies, students should contact their major department's student services office and Registrar's Office for graduation quarter petition.
- Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the spring quarter.
For more internship positions provided by the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program, please see our internship listing.
For more information, please see Eligibility and Stipend.