Purpose: The purpose of this paid internship is to become familiar with the practical application of conflict and peace-building mechanisms, to develop marketable skills, and to gain exposure to international development within a non-profit, government-funded context.
Background: This internship will provide support to the Peace through Development II (PDev II) Program operating in Burkina Faso, Chad, and Niger, with collateral support and assistance to the broader Communities in Transition practice area.
Objective: To provide student interns or young professionals with realistic work tasks and personal mentoring/coaching to expand their experience in global development and countering violent extremism, and to obtain their assistance in the area of program backstopping and business development.
Activities for this internship will include:
Provide daily administrative and logistical support for PDEV II and the Practice Area; Assist in preparing and drafting routine reports; Assist with translation/summarization of French-language documents; Work remotely with staff (COP or Reporting Officer) to identify useful case studies/success stories for broad circulation; Compile and distribute foreign and domestic newspaper, magazine, and academic articles related to program countries; Research and gather materials for program countries; Attend meetings and seminars on peace-building and CVE, and prepare written summaries; Keep up-to-date with evolving donor and country priorities; As opportunities arise and workload allows, assist Communities in Transition practice with program development, such as conduct research and analysis on relevant topics related to a specific conflict, countries and actors, serve as proposal team member drafting sections as needed, and support the development of Communities in Transition summaries and tools;
Required Skills & Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in international relations, political science, or other relevant area.
Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of conflict prevention and/or countering violent extremism.
Exceptional communication skills, including research, reading, writing, and analysis.
Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and in coordination with others.
Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Proficiency in French.
- Deliverables will include : edited reports, translated documents, meeting notes, written concept notes, and other materials as needed.
- The intern’s work will be performed at IRD’s office in Arlington, VA.
- One Semester
The intern will work closely with the PDEV II Program Officer; and Program Assistant