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 summer 2014 internship at a major nonprofit alliance. InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-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 Human Resources Department offers one position each semester to a student seeking hands-on experience in nonprofit HR. Students will manage the HR function for the internship program by working with staff to develop job descriptions, post positions, recruit, interview, orient and ultimately evaluate performance. This position will also assist with posting, recruitment and screening for staff positions, researching/ developing staff training opportunities, as well as one major project per semester (can be tailored to interest, examples include compensation and benefits benchmarking, developing a staff survey or developing a model for succession planning). 

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, or assisting with marketing efforts and writing for InterAction’s blog.

The Global Policy, Practice & Partnerships Team hires one intern per term to assist with a number of projects. The intern will support GPPP staff in the areas of food security, climate and environment, health, the MDG/post-2015 development framework and the NGO Aid Map initiative. Responsibilities vary and may include supporting working groups and events, conducting research, data entry, administrative support tasks and attending and reporting on outside meetings. 

InterAction offers internship opportunities three times a year, corresponding with the academic calendar and during the summer. 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. 

As an intern, one can expect to gain the following experiences which extend beyond daily work duties:

  • Working group meetings: Access to meetings of members and InterAction staff that focus on a variety of current issues within the international development and humanitarian assistance fields
  • Potential interviews with senior-level staff members at InterAction
  • Opportunities to informally network with more than 60 staff members and interns

Internship will range between 20 to 40 hours per week. Most work will occur at InterAction's office, located in northwest Washington, DC. This internship is unpaid, but a monthly travel reimbursement of $50 is available upon request.

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume to intern@interaction.org by March 31, 2014. Please indicate in your cover letter and email subject line the InterAction team with which you would like to work (i.e. 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.

For Fall internships, please check back in July.