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The IFES Americas Program is looking for a paid intern . The internship program is designed to provide a graduate student a unique opportunity to obtain an insider’s view of the international development realm, specifically learning about and supporting IFES’ work on electoral administration and political participation. Students who participate in this internship program will develop essential skills that are an invaluable complement to skills attained in the academic world. By providing opportunities to develop practical skills and to apply academic learning to real-world international development programs, the internship empowers participants to make the transition from academic to professional life.
More information on IFES’ Americas programs may be found at www.ifes.org/americas.POSITION:As a member of the Americas team, the Intern will contribute research and provide administrative support to the team. This position is intended to be part-time (up to 25 hours per week). The intern will be assigned a mentor and will prepare an individual work plan for the duration of the internship to identify specific outputs/timelines/etc. The intern’s workplan may include contributions to IFES initiatives such as research for business development or preparing research products for programs, depending on the intern’s interest and IFES Americas’ need.
During the internship, the intern will participate in orientation and in regular staff meetings. The intern will also be trained to do critical administrative tasks like processing payments, preparing procurements and organizing travel. The intern will additionally have access to various training opportunities that tap into IFES’ expertise, such as on proposal development, program management and key thematic areas of elections programming.
The general duties of an intern in the Americas region include but are not limited to:
Conduct research on regional trendsContribute to proposal preparation and developmentPrepare website updates, edit reports, and summarize program reportsAttend and report on internal and external meetings and other discussionsSupport the organization of external eventsCompile research from academic journals and printed mediaWhen necessary, translate documents to/from Spanish (or French)
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