Peace, Justice, and Security Intern, The Pan American Development Foundation (Remote; Washington, DC)


PADF is looking for an energetic and committed individual to join its headquarters team, working closely with the Peace, Justice and Security team to assist with research tasks, writing assignments and program implementation support for a variety of topics including but not limited to: crime and violence prevention, gender-based violence, rural security, post-conflict, police reform, strategies to support at-risk youth. PADF is a vibrant organization that allows interns a hands-on experience.

We are committed to fostering a dynamic learning and professional development atmosphere and will offer mentoring and guidance throughout your time with us. The PADF team works collaboratively and dynamically and is looking forward to providing professional development and mentorship to a new team-member so that he or she can develop valuable, marketable skills in research and writing.

The Intern will refine his/her research, analysis and writing skills by supporting the team as they look for funding opportunities by:

  • Learning about the new business development process.
  • Mastering practical skills by assisting in the development of strategies, plans, concept papers to support new project development activities and assist in proposal preparation and design in close consultation with other team members.
  • Becoming skilled at drafting and/or translating outreach and communication materials that would help position PADF in the peace, justice and security realm, by collecting information and producing relevant stories about the impact of PADF projects.
  • Amplifying networking opportunities by attending relevant conferences, workshops or meetings as assigned and then reporting on these events.
  • Developing programmatic skills by providing support to the implementation of activities related to PADF’s programs portfolio.


  • Teamwork – Peace, Justice and Security Intern must have demonstrated ability to work and collaborate with colleagues across the organization and from different cultures (HQ and field offices).
  • Results Orientation – For our rapidly evolving and deadline-driven environment, a focus on results is a top requirement. Strong ability to prioritize workload, effective time-management skills, attention to detail, and responsiveness to tasks and assignments.
  • First or second year graduate student in Public Policy, International Studies, International Development or similar.
  • Knowledge of citizen security, crime and violence prevention, rule of law, at-risk youth programming is a plus.
  • Excellent oral and writing abilities in English.
  • Outstanding comprehension skills of written and oral Spanish or French are required.
  • Digital-savvy.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Must have a strong work ethic, be results-oriented, and self-motivated.
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to prioritize, complete various tasks under tight deadlines, and work well independently.
  • Interest and experience working in international development is highly desirable.


For more information and to apply, click here.

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