Fall 2023, Humanitarian Policy Intern
Intern | Humanitarian Policy
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 around the world 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 Humanitarian Policy Team is seeking applications for a full-time, hybrid internship position for Fall 2023.
This will be a paid 12-week internship for 30–40 hours per week at $17.00 an hour (DC minimum wage). Start and end dates are flexible. Interns must be located in/have an address in DC, Maryland, or Virginia and have the right to work in the U.S. InterAction will administratively support class credit if needed. Please note that InterAction is a hybrid work environment, with staff and interns in-office one–two days a week. Applicants are required to submit a resume and cover letter to be considered for this position.
Core Projects & Responsibilities
The Humanitarian Policy Intern will support various core projects of the Humanitarian Policy Team. Areas of work range from forced displacement to UN–NGO partnerships, with the largest body of work focusing on research around climate displacement.
Responsibilities and tasks may include:
- Completing research, policy analyses, member outreach, and other projects as needed.
- Analyzing data and drafting analytical reports.
- Supporting member outreach and forced displacement-related priority mapping.
- Managing internal and external information databases.
- Reviewing secondary literature on climate induced displacement to identify key vulnerable populations, current policy landscapes, and other relevant research.
- Assisting on research and stock-taking in preparation for the 2023 Global Refugee Forum. Participating in various meetings—including with InterAction members, think tanks, or the Hill—and providing administrative and logistical support.
- Debriefing to the team at the internship’s conclusion on learning and/or a completed task.
Required Skills & Qualifications
- Strong writing and editing skills with solid attention to detail and the ability to write quickly and effectively
- Strong data analysis and research skills, as well as the ability to synthesize data from multiple sources and to interpret and translate qualitative data into quantifiable metrics. Competency in data coding methodology and analysis in Excel and Google Sheets a plus
- Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.) and Adobe. Experience with graphic design, or other relevant computer programs a plus.
- Commitment to teamwork, good interpersonal skills, can-do positive attitude, and professional etiquette.
- Experience and/or study in international relations, international development, forced displacement, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance, counterterror, or another related field. Interest, familiarity, or coursework in humanitarian assistance strongly preferred.
- Able to commit to at least 4 weekdays (minimum 30 hours per week), with preference for those who can work full time (40 hours per week).
- InterAction interns gain a variety of experiences beyond their day-to-day work. These include:
- On-the-job learning about the humanitarian architecture, advocacy, operations, and policy.
- Opportunities to attend InterAction meetings on a variety of issues.
- Access to senior-level staff members at InterAction for informational interviews.
- Informal networking with InterAction staff and individuals from more than 180 member organizations.
To Apply: Link
Due to the expected number of applications received for each position, InterAction will only contact short-listed candidates. All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for at least the length of the internship. No phone calls, please.