Global Program Development Internship, Search for Common Ground (DC)

Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. With a total of approximately 800 staff worldwide, Search implements projects from 54 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.
Position Summary
The Global Affairs and Partnerships (GAP) team at Search for Common Ground (Search) is seeking an intern for Summer 2023 to provide research and support to the organization’s overall fundraising, program development, and knowledge management activities. The Global Program Development Intern will help advance Search’s peacebuilding mission by contributing to fundraising, organizational partnerships, project design, and proposal development for global programs.
Program development interns play a critical role in Search’s peacebuilding programs through fundraising from governments, multilateral organizations, and foundations, and the design of new programs in coordination with our regional teams. This internship offers students hands-on experience in program design and a behind-the-scenes look at a non-governmental organization. Interns will be introduced to our network of donors and partners in the field of peacebuilding and within the broader humanitarian-development-peacebuilding nexus.

Key Responsibilities

      • Assist with the development of global partnerships, project designs, and proposals;
      • Conduct research related to fundraising from bilateral governments, multi-laterals, and foundations;
      • Identify and research opportunities for new program development and partnerships;
      • Represent Search at relevant meetings and events in Washington, D.C.;
      • Develop and update knowledge management tools and resources, such as capacity statements, fundraising analysis and strategies, and more.


      • Current student or recent graduate with a degree in International Relations, Conflict Studies, Development, or a related area;
      • Written and spoken fluency in English;
      • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, Internet Search Engines).
      • The ideal candidate will further exhibit:
A self-starting, enthusiastic, and flexible approach to the organization and the position;
Experience in foreign policy, fundraising, and peacebuilding;
Demonstrable interest in creating partnerships with other organizations, policymakers, and donors to advance peacebuilding;
Experience in business development or with donor agencies
Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills;
Excellent attention to detail; and
Ability to handle multiple tasks and tight deadlines.
Available for 32-40 Hours a week
This is a paid internship.

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