Internship Program

InterAction offers internship opportunities three times a year, corresponding with the academic calendar and summer term. InterAction values our interns, and we seek to provide them with unique opportunities to engage in a large variety of learning and development opportunities. Our offices hold several hundred meetings a year on various humanitarian and development topics and issues. All interns are encouraged to participate in as many events as their schedule can handle. In addition, our interns often engage with key internal and external stakeholders and can leverage the relationships they build in their future careers. InterAction also seeks to provide internal learning opportunities through informational interviews, skills building brown bags and our own staff meetings, which are often full of useful information. 

All applicants must have some combination of academic, volunteer or professional experience relevant to the position for which they are applying. They must be able to work with minimal supervision and commit to at least 20 hours per week. Applicants should have excellent written and spoken English skills, strong computer skills (including Microsoft Word and Excel) and good interpersonal and organizational skills. Internships are unpaid; however, InterAction interns can receive transportation reimbursement of up to $50 per month. Open internship positions will be posted on the following calendar:
  • Fall Semester: July
  • Spring Semester: November
  • Summer Semester: March

Internship Openings:

InterAction is seeking current undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates interested in a Fall 2014 internship at a major nonprofit alliance. InterAction is the largest alliance of US-based international NGOs, and is engaged with a broad array of development actors at multiple levels. 

The Office of the President offers one position focused on resource development. Specific responsibilities include supporting the Resource Development Manager with projects to increase the fundraising capacity of the organization through the design, development and implementation of related tools and systems.  Specific duties will include research, data collection and analysis, database design and management, internal policy documentation and filing management.  Additional projects housed within the Executive Office may also be assigned and vary in nature but generally involve research, writing, and general administrative support. 

The Humanitarian Policy & Practice Team offers two positions each semester. Interns will support HPP staff in the areas of policy, practice, protection, shelter, and security. Interns will perform a variety of research, writing and administrative support tasks, with opportunities to attend meetings and network with professionals representing a variety of NGOs in the humanitarian community. Responsibilities vary and may include supporting working groups and events, research projects on a specific country, theme or crisis, and attending outside meetings on the Hill and various DC-based think tanks. A competitive applicant should be a graduate student (though exceptional undergraduate juniors and seniors will be considered) with significant coursework related to humanitarian policy and/or humanitarian response. Applicants should have excellent written and spoken English skills, strong computer skills (including Microsoft Word and Excel) and good interpersonal and organizational skills.  Applicants must be able to work with minimal supervision and commit to working at least 20 hours per week to be considered.  

The Information Technology Unit offers one position each semester to a student interested in gaining real-world experience in the field of Information Technology. Applicants should be pursuing degrees in Computer Science or Information Technology and have a demonstrated interest in the field. Specific responsibilities may include creating user profiles, help with tech support and help developing training materials and or training videos used by staff.

The Public Policy Team hires two interns per term. The public policy team helps to coordinate the Hill and Administration outreach that InterAction’s members engage in from budget and appropriations to humanitarian and development priorities. Policy interns play a crucial role on the policy team by assisting with preparing a weekly summary of legislative news, attending Capitol Hill hearings and briefings as needed, researching legislative action that impacts the InterAction alliance and maintaining Congressional databases, in addition to other assignments. Ideal candidates will have strong verbal and written communications skills; a background in public policy and/or foreign affairs; and an interest in international development and humanitarian issues.

The International Advocacy Team hires one intern per term. The intern will assist in advocacy and NGO coordination around the G8 and G20 summits, as well as in general member advocacy training. Intern duties may include organizing and supporting working group meetings, attending and taking notes at various events and congressional hearings, conducting background research on relevant topics and providing general administrative support.

The Communications Team hires two interns per term. The interns will do a variety of work in such areas as public relations, social media, policy communications, website work and more, gaining a breadth of skills they can take to an entry-level communications position after they graduate. Responsibilities vary and may include working on various website projects, public relations tracking and activities to support InterAction initiatives, social media assignments and assisting with marketing efforts.

The Global Policy, Practice & Partnerships Team hires one intern per term to assist with a number of projects. Our team works with InterAction members in priority areas and cross cutting issues such as evaluation and program effectiveness, the post-2015 agenda, youth, transparency, and private sector engagement. The team is home to NGO Aid Map, an online interactive tool that maps InterAction Members work around the world at the project level. Our interns work to support each of these areas and initiatives, with opportunities to meet and network with our members. If you have a specific area of interest, please indicate this in your cover letter.  

The Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD) Internship is a unique professional development opportunity for current undergraduate or graduate students interested in a career in international youth and community development. Youth Alliance Interns will gain exposure to the youth development field in Washington, DC, and practical hands-on experience in coalition management. Key responsibilities include communications and strategic outreach, website development, advocacy, learning events and technical research on behalf of AIYD’s coalition members. Youth Alliance Interns coordinate and attend AIYD’s meetings and events, and interface with professionals and senior leadership from leading NGOs, private firms and foundations in the international youth development community, as well as unilateral and multilateral organizations such as USAID, the World Bank, the State Department and the UN, among others.   

The 1,000 Days team is seeking applications for one unpaid internship position. 1,000 Days is an initiative launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2010 that promotes action and investment to improve nutrition for mothers and children in the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday. Primary responsibilities of an intern  include: support the curation of credible content related to nutrition in the 1,000 day window, manage the 1,000 Days Newsroom on thousanddays.org, write and draft content for the 1,000 Days blog and other communications channels and support graphic design needs (e.g. images to be used on social media).

InterAction offers internship opportunities three times a year, corresponding with the academic calendar and during the Fall. InterAction provides our Interns unique opportunities to engage in a large variety of learning and development opportunities. Our offices host over 800 meetings a year on various humanitarian and development topics and issues. All interns are encouraged to participate in as many events as their schedule can handle. In addition, our interns often engage with key internal and external stakeholders and can leverage the relationships they build in their future careers. InterAction also seeks to provide internal learning opportunities through informational interviews, skills building brown bags and our own staff meetings... which are often full of useful information. 
 
To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume to intern@interaction.org . Please indicate in your cover letter and email subject line the InterAction team with which you would like to work (i.e. 1000 Days, Office of the President, Humanitarian Policy & Practice, Membership & Standards, Public Policy, or Communications). Applications that do not identify the preferred team will not be considered.

Due to the large number of applications received for each position, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.