Intern, Humanitarian Practice Team
Founded in 1984, InterAction is the largest U.S.-based alliance of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and partners. We mobilize our Members to think and act collectively to serve the world’s poor and vulnerable, with a shared belief that we can make the world a more peaceful, just and prosperous place – together. Using our collective voice and convening power, we seek to shape important policy decisions and actions across a wide range of issues – including foreign assistance, humanitarian relief, development, economic equity, food security, and climate change.
Our Members are premier international global development, humanitarian, and sector-supporting organizations that work in almost every country and manage more than $15.4 billion in programs annually. InterAction’s revenues come from dues, government, private foundation and corporate grants, and fee-for-service programs. Additional information can be found at www.interaction.org.
• Provides administrative and logistical support for meetings, including writing summaries of the proceedings, and other activities of the Humanitarian Practice team;
• Completes research and policy analysis, outreach to members, and other projects as needed by humanitarian team’s work streams;
• Supports the team with analysis of data and provide written analysis of key findings;
• Participates in various fora, including outside meetings with InterAction members, at think tanks, or the Hill;
• Debriefs to the team at the internship’s conclusion on learning and/or a work task completed.
This is a full-time position based in Washington DC. Due to COVID-19, InterAction has and continues to develop new and flexible workplace policies. InterAction maintains a hybrid work environment and employees currently work remotely and flexibly from home on some days and in-person in the office on others.
• 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 Humanitarian Practice team;
• Gain experience working in a professional, collaborative team environment;
• Understanding of the pressing issues within the humanitarian non-profit sector vis-à-vis InterAction's members and access to leading member NGOs;
• Develop communication, writing, and task/time management skills.
Qualifications and Skills
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or working towards one) on international relations, international development, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance, 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);
• Solid writing, editing, and research skills with strong attention to detail and ability to write quickly and effectively;
• Familiarity with basic data analysis and methods;
• Ability to take in a substantial amount of information, potentially on topics the intern is unfamiliar with, and synthesize that information into a digestible format:
• 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
• Commitment to teamwork, good interpersonal skills, can-do positive attitude, and professional etiquette.
• Interest, familiarity, and/or coursework in humanitarian assistance is strongly preferred
This will be a paid internship. 12 weeks for 40 hours/week / $16.10 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 US. InterAction is also happy to administratively support class credit if needed. Please note InterAction is currently in a hybrid work environment, with staff in-office two days a week, and interns encouraged to join.
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Program Coordinator/Senior Program Associate, Humanitarian Practice Team
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic covered by law.
There are no extraordinary physical requirements for the performance of the essential functions of this position. InterAction will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period.
Applicants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment. Applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment will be required to produce proof of vaccination status prior to their first day of employment. InterAction will evaluate requests for reasonable accommodations for applicants unable to be vaccinated due to a religious belief, disability or pregnancy on an individualized basis in accordance with applicable laws.
InterAction does not accept unsolicited resumes through or from search firms or staffing agencies. All unsolicited resumes will be considered the property of InterAction and InterAction will not be obligated to pay a placement fee.
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