Intern – Protection, Research Humanitarian Policy and Practice Team – Protection

August 15, 2019
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Entry Level
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


About InterAction:
InterAction is the largest alliance of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the U.S., with over 190 members working in every developing country. Members are large and small, faith-based and secular, with a focus on the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations. The U.S. public, foundations and governments support the work of our members who collectively invest and manage over $18 billion a year. InterAction’s own funds come from dues and generous grants from others, such as foundations, corporations and governments. Using its collective voice, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions as wide range of foreign assistance, relief, development, environmental and other issues that advance human dignity.

InterAction’s Protection Team is seeking applications for unpaid Fall 2019 internship position(s) in Washington, DC.

Position Description:
The Intern – Protection, Research will gain valuable insight into the humanitarian sector by working directly with InterAction’s Protection team. Overall responsibilities will include support for InterAction’s work on Results-Based Protection (RBP) including pre-mission and other background research, producing graphs, charts, and other visuals drawing on available data, and helping the team with other day-to-day tasks. Interns will be encouraged to participate regularly in both internal and external meetings. The specific work of the Intern will also be based upon the individual’s learning and professional goals, as tied to the initiatives of InterAction’s Protection Team within the larger Humanitarian Policy & Practice (HPP) Team.

Essential Functions:
• Complete background research or literature review on a protection issue(s) related to the Protection team’s various workstreams;
• Produce graphs, charts, and other visuals using available humanitarian data;
• Provide administrative and logistical support for meetings and other activities of the Protection team, including drafting minutes of the proceedings;
• Support project deliverables as needed by the Protection team’s workstreams;
• Participate in various fora as needed, such as outside meetings at think tanks;
• Debrief the team at the internship’s conclusion on learning and/or a work task completed.

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.

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 linkages 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 and collaborative team environment;
• Develop research, analytical, communication, writing, and task/time management skills.

• College junior, senior, graduate student, or recent graduate student in a related field;
• Strong organizational and communication skills;
• Strong research experience, 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.

Expected Start Date:
The internship will range between 20 to 40 hours per week. A typical fall internship runs from September – December but start and end dates are flexible.

Work Environment:
Most work will take place at InterAction’s office, located in northwest Washington, DC. A small monthly travel reimbursement of $50 is available.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

To Apply:
Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to with subject line containing: Intern – Protection, Research. The position will remain open until filled, but applications received before August 30, 2019 are preferred. Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period.

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