Intern | Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) Team

July 17, 2019
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Entry Level
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified


InterAction’s HPP Team is seeking applications for unpaid Fall 2019 internship position(s) in Washington, DC. InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) working in every developing country.

Primary Responsibilities
The specific work of an intern will be based upon an individual’s learning and professional goals, as tied to the initiatives of InterAction’s Humanitarian Policy & Practice (HPP) Team.

Additional responsibilities may include:
• Providing administrative and logistical support for meetings, including writing summaries of the proceedings, and other activities of the HPP team;
• Completing research, outreach to members, and other projects as needed by humanitarian team’s work streams;
• Participating in various fora, including outside meetings at think tanks or the Hill;
• Debriefing to the team at the internship’s conclusion on learning and/or a work task completed.

Learning Objectives:
• Understand the linkage between international policy and programming in the humanitarian field;
• Understand core elements of the global humanitarian architecture, including the roles of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), UN, and NGO community;
• Demonstrate knowledge of technical, thematic, or regional issues related to the work of the HPP team;
• Gain experience working in a professional, collaborative team environment;
• Develop communication, writing, and task/time management skills.

Additional Opportunities:
An intern can expect to gain the following experiences beyond daily work duties through:
• Attendance at InterAction working group meetings – access to meetings of members and InterAction staff on a variety of current issues within the humanitarian assistance field;
• On-the-job learning about the humanitarian architecture, advocacy, policy, and operations;
• Access to senior-level staff members at InterAction for informational interviews;
• Informal networking with InterAction staff members and individuals from more than 180 member organizations.

• Strong organizational and communication skills
• Excellent attention to detail
• Ability to manage multiple tasks
• Flexibility to meet changing deadlines and priorities
• Positive attitude, proactive, and curious
• Ability to work with minimal supervision
• Interest, familiarity, and/or coursework in humanitarian assistance is strongly preferred

Internship will range between 20 to 40 hours per week. Most work will occur at InterAction’s office, located in northwest Washington, DC. A small monthly travel reimbursement of $50 is available. A typical internship runs from September – December, but start and end dates are flexible.

Application Process:
To Apply:
Please email your resume and cover letter to with subject line containing: HPP Intern. The position will remain open until filled, but applications received before August 2 are preferred. Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted.

Due to the expected number of applications received for each position, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period of time. No phone calls, please.

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