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:
Other related fields
This unpaid Summer 2017 internship, located in either our Washington, D.C. or our Research Triangle Park, NC office, will begin in mid-May 2017 through mid-August 2017. This internship requires a commitment of 40 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.
Brief writing sample (5-page maximum)
Currently enrolled advanced undergraduate (Junior or Senior) or graduate student studying accounting or finance.
Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
Self-starter with effective organizational and time management skills.