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Paid Intern-Latin America
Location:*United States
Division:Program Management
Position Number:19:020
Project Description:

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

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.

Job Responsibilities:

The general duties of an intern in the Americas region include but are not limited to:

Conduct research on regional trends
Contribute to proposal preparation and development
Prepare website updates, edit reports, and summarize program reports
Attend and report on internal and external meetings and other discussions
Support the organization of external events
Compile research from academic journals and printed media
When necessary, translate documents to/from Spanish (or French)

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 or related field preferred. Previous internship(s) experience with an international NGO a plus   
Related Skills or Knowledge:  Academic focus or strong on Latin American and the Caribbean region. 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.  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   

  English required.  Proficiency in French required, Spanish a plus.  
TRAVEL:  Travel may be required, up to 10%   

Standard office work environment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.