Civil Society, Public Policy, & Global Development Internship

October 31, 2019
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Not specified
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations with a combined donor base of $15 billion annually. Members operate in every developing country and advocate for global change to overcome poverty, exclusion, and suffering by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all. Located in Washington, D.C., InterAction aims to give each of its members the collective power to speak and act on issues of common concern.

InterAction’s Global Development, Policy, and Learning Team is seeking one highly motivated student or recent graduate to intern in our Washington, D.C. office to support our development and policy work.
Civil society includes community groups, NGOs, labor groups, indigenous groups, faith-based organizations, professional associations, and other organizations that work on behalf of citizens. The space for these groups to operate is shrinking both within the US and globally. These organizations cross humanitarian and development lines and InterAction’s developing Civil Society Program (CSP) seeks an intern interested in enabling and protecting these spaces. The Development Implementation Team manages an IFAD-funded advocacy project, working closely with agricultural advocacy organizations in East Africa, manages NGO Aid Map, and supports preparations for the 2020 G7 meeting.
This is an unpaid internship. However, we offer $50/month for travel reimbursement and a robust professional development program which includes workshops, trainings, and educational opportunities.

Responsibilities for the CSP Intern will include:

• Attend and summarize hearings and briefings on Capitol Hill, InterAction’s DRG Initiative meetings, Public Policy Committee meetings, and events hosted by InterAction members focused on DRG, Together Project, and Civil Society;
• Provide administrative support for meetings and briefings at InterAction and on Capitol Hill, including scheduling, tracking RSVPs, and developing and distributing advocacy materials;
• Contribute to strategy development and advocacy outreach;
• Research and brief on legislative action that affects the international development community, including working on proposed pieces of legislation that restrict U.S. NGO operating space;
• Desk research on advocacy practice among agricultural organizations in East Africa, under InterAction’s IFAD grant
• Support project management and coordination of IFAD grant, as well as NGO Aid Map & G7 workstreams
• Other duties as desired or assigned.

During the internship, you can expect to acquire the following knowledge and skills:

• Familiarity with advocacy strategy development and implementation in the US and abroad;
• Experience using a variety of advocacy tactics;
• Increased knowledge of civil society and its role in good governance;
• Improved knowledge of how to build working relationships in Washington, DC;
• Exposure to managing fast-paced coalition politics and trade-offs amongst a large consortium of non-profit organizations;
• Familiarity with tools available for Congressional research;
• Understanding of the pressing issues within the non-profit sector vis-à-vis InterAction's members and access to leading member NGOs;
• Professional development support in the form of informational interviews with staff, feedback on resume as requested, networking opportunities, access to meetings and events.

Qualifications of the ideal candidate:

• Bachelor’s degree (or working towards one) in government, public policy, foreign service, international development, global health, or another related field;
• Able to commit to at least 4 days a week of work (32 hours per week), with preference for those who can work full time (40 hours per week);
• Ability to write quickly and effectively, and ability to copy edit, sometimes under pressure;
• Basic knowledge of the legislative and election processes;
• Self-starter and self-motivated;
• Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.), Adobe, additional computer skills in Salesforce, graphic design, or related computer programs a plus;
• Interest or curiosity about policy and the non-profit sector;
• Demonstrated ability to manage tasks and meet deadlines;
• Commitment to teamwork, good interpersonal skills, can-do positive attitude, and professional etiquette.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample of no more than three pages to The deadline for spring applicants is November 22, 2019. Please put “Civil Society, Public Policy, and Development Intern– YOUR NAME” in the Subject line of the email.

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