Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fall Governance and Economic Development Internship with RTI

The Governance and Economic Development (GED) Division Internship Program at RTI provides outstanding students the opportunity to work side-by-side with senior international governance experts to develop new tools and approaches to some of the most challenging issues in developing countries. Interns will gain exposure to all aspects of the business development process in governance and are encouraged to propose ideas for independent research or business development projects.
Internship Tracks Offered
Business Development Track (1 position available, Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC): The intern will concentrate on market/business research, business capture, proposal development, strategic positioning activities, and competitor tracking and analysis.
Communications Track (1 position available, Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC): The intern will work with either our Business Development team or with our Global Center for Youth Employment to promote governance work through social media, newsletters, and other methods as needed.
Monitoring & Evaluation Track (1 position available, Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC): The intern will assist with establishing monitoring & evaluation (M&E) and knowledge management systems for Governance & Economic Development projects to effectively capture information, share lessons learned, and best practices. The intern will work with the M&E and Learning team to develop and implement tools, methodologies, and systems for knowledge management for on-going projects and/or new project proposals' monitoring and evaluation system. This could include conducting external research, reviewing internal practices for best practices, and working with the teams on implementing a knowledge management system.
Research Track (3 positions available in Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC): The intern will primarily focus on supporting rigorous technical research, writing, and tools development for strategic areas such as:
  •  Middle East and Africa Initiatives (region and country-specific research)
  •  Latin America Initiatives (region and country-specific research)
  •  Governance and sectoral service delivery
  •  Demand-driven workforce development and global value chains
  •  Extractive industry and development
  •  ICT and innovation in service delivery systems
  •  Micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) development
  •  Governance in transition and fragile states
  •  Youth, security and crime prevention programming
The GED Internship is open to graduate-level and undergraduate-level students (having completed their junior year course work) pursuing degrees in the fields of:
  •  Political Science
  •  Public policy
  •  Political economy
  •  International development
  •  Economics
  •  Public administration
  •  Urban planning
  •  Journalism
  •  Communications
  •  Marketing
  •  Business
  •  Other related fields
Additional Information
This is an unpaid, Fall 2016 internship, located in either our Washington, D.C. or our Research Triangle Park, NC office, beginning in mid-August 2016 through mid-December 2016. This internship requires a commitment of approximately 15 hours per week.
Kindly apply online by submitting the following in one PDF document:
  •  Cover letter stating: interest, learning objectives, course credit, program requirement, or external funding, desired track and location, and schedule availability.
  •  Resume
  •  Brief writing sample (5 page maximum)


  •  Significant research and reporting experience, excellent writing and organizational skills
  •  Experience in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  •  Ability to work independently and willingness to work in a team environment
  •  Flexibility and desire to work on varying projects.
  •  Experience studying, working, or traveling in developing countries is preferred.
  •  Fluency in English is required, and comprehension of an additional language, such as Spanish, French, and/or Arabic, is highly desired.
  • The selected intern must be enrolled in an accredited academic institution. This is an unpaid internship and requires the intern to receive course credit, fulfill academic program requirements, or receive external funding.
International students are encouraged to apply. For questions about eligibility for unpaid internships at RTI, please contact  Apply here.