Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Paid Summer and Fall Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance Internships with MacFadden

Macfadden is an employee-owned, international professional services corporation that applies integrated information technology solutions and program/project management expertise to help solve critical issues impacting the health, safety and security of the world around us. 

With more than 225 employees, Macfadden is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland with multiple client site operations worldwide. 

Position Summary: 
Macfadden is seeking interns for the summer 2017 term (June – August) and fall 2017 term (September – December), to support USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA). Program Assistant interns will support OTI’s Field Programs Division, working in the Washington, DC headquarters. Depending on space available, OTI may bring on more than one intern. Interns are fully integrated into the OTI teams and are expected to perform as such. 

OTI was created in 1994 as a distinct operating unit within USAID to help local partners advance peace and democracy in priority conflict-prone countries. 

Key Responsibilities: 
This position will work with OTI’s Field Programs Division, which is responsible for the development, oversight, and management of OTI country programs. Internship duties will primarily include administrative/operations support, with potential for some program support, for an OTI country program under the supervision of OTI’s Regional Team Leaders in the following regions: Africa, Pakistan, Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean, and Europe & Asia. Interns will be paid $15.04 per hour 

Skills and Abilities: Candidates should possess a strong background in one or more of the following: political analysis, conflict resolution, international development, international disaster assistance, or security studies. Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, as well as have computer proficiency. Work experience in international development and/or overseas experience is preferred, but not required. Candidate’s degree should reflect the experience required (international studies, conflict resolution, political analysis, program management, etc.) 

Education: At a minimum, all candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree or be currently enrolled and in good standing in accredited Bachelor’s degree program. 

Experience: Minimum one year of experience, including internships. 

Application Instructions: 
1. Include a cover letter in uploaded documents. The following should be included in the cover letter: 
(a) brief overview of the area of interest; 
(b) brief overview of qualifications/experience related to the internship position the applicant is applying for; 
(c) specify the dates and time period the applicant is available to work; 
(d) list two references with contact information (email/telephone); 

2. Resume/CV with any work experience and relevant coursework included 
Applications will be reviewed in February for positions starting in the summer; in May or June for positions starting in the fall. 

U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored security clearance. In order to obtain a security clearance, all candidates must pass a background check which may take 3-4 months to receive. Failure to obtain a security clearance will preclude candidates from obtaining an internship. 

This is 3-month long position with possible extension up to 6 months, working 35 to 40 hours a week. Applicants must commit to at least 12 continuous weeks of work for full consideration. 

Apply here.