Intern | Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) Team – Protection

January 1, 2019
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Not specified
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
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Base Salary
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InterAction’s Protection Team is seeking applications for unpaid Spring 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 Protection Team within the larger Humanitarian Policy & Practice (HPP) Team.

It is envisioned that a large portion of the intern’s time will be dedicated to supporting InterAction’s work on Results-Based Protection (RBP). This support will likely include: pre-mission and other background research; editing and contributing to various reports; monitoring and tracking data linked to RBP communications (website, newsletters, etc.); participating regularly in meetings (internal and external); and other ad hoc tasks in line with the intern’s professional goals.

Additional responsibilities may include:
• Providing administrative and logistical support for meetings, including writing summaries of the proceedings, and other activities of the Protection team;
• Completing research, outreach to members, and other projects as needed by Protection 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:
• Demonstrate knowledge of technical, thematic, or regional issues related to the work of the Protection Team; specifically Results-Based approaches to Protection in humanitarian contexts;
• 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;
• Gain experience working in a professional, collaborative team environment;
• Develop research, analytical, 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
• Strong research experience, past experience conducting desk research desirable
• 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:
Please e-mail your resume, cover letter, salary expectations and writing sample to with subject line containing title¬¬¬¬¬¬ Intern HPP Team – Protection, Or visit our website and submit your application using the instructions at The position will remain open until filled.

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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