The IFES internship program is designed to engage recent or current graduate and undergraduate students with a degree in international development, international relations, economics, communications or a related field. The program offers students an insider’s view of the realm of international development. Students who participate in this program will develop essential skills that are not attained in the academic world, enabling them to make the transition from academic to professional life. The Intern will work to support the Asia, Africa, or MENA programs team.
The Paid Intern will report to the Program Officer. The general duties of an intern include, but are not limited to:
– Conducting research
– Providing logistical and administrative support on assigned countries/projects
– Assisting in the preparation of weekly home office reports, website updates, and other reports as necessary
– Attending and reporting on internal and external meetings and other discussions about assigned projects
– Assisting with program development in conjunction with the needs of the project and the intern’s skills
– Compiling daily research from academic journals and print media
– Other duties as assigned by division and supervisor
Education: Undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at an accredited college/university, or recently graduated no more than a year at time of application.
Experience: None. Relevant experience, familiarity, or interest in international development, electoral and democracy issues, or related field preferred. Prior experience with administrative duties preferred. Experience in maintaining office or projects records and working with budgets and financial documents preferred. Previous internship(s) experience with an international NGO a plus.
Related Skills or Knowledge: Excellent research and communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word. Introductory experience in or familiarity with program development or management, NGOs, and/or USAID a plus. Demonstrated knowledge of, and interest in the region. Detailed oriented and organized. Ability to prioritize, take direction, and handle varied tasks within deadlines. Strong communicator, both verbally and in writing. Collaborative, team oriented individual.
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