Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Summer Humanitarian Policy and Practice Internship

Position description

InterAction’s HPP Team is seeking applications for unpaid Summer 2020 internship position(s) in Washington, DC. InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) working in every developing country.
Primary Responsibilities
The specific work of an intern will be based upon an individual’s learning and professional goals, as tied to the initiatives of InterAction’s Humanitarian Policy & Practice (HPP) Team.
Additional responsibilities may include:
• Providing administrative and logistical support for meetings, including writing summaries of the proceedings, and other activities of the HPP team;
• Completing research, outreach to members, and other projects as needed by humanitarian team’s work streams;
• Participating in various fora, including outside meetings at think tanks or the Hill;
• Debriefing to the team at the internship’s conclusion on learning and/or a work task completed.
Learning Objectives:
• Understand the linkage between international policy and programming in the humanitarian field;
• Understand core elements of the global humanitarian architecture, including the roles of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), UN, and NGO community;
• Demonstrate knowledge of technical, thematic, or regional issues related to the work of the HPP team;
• Gain experience working in a professional, collaborative team environment;
• Develop communication, writing, and task/time management skills.
Additional Opportunities:
An intern can expect to gain the following experiences beyond daily work duties through:
• Attendance at InterAction working group meetings – access to meetings of members and InterAction staff on a variety of current issues within the humanitarian assistance field;
• On-the-job learning about the humanitarian architecture, advocacy, policy, and operations;
• Access to senior-level staff members at InterAction for informational interviews;
• Informal networking with InterAction staff members and individuals from more than 180 member organizations.


• Strong organizational and communication skills
• Excellent attention to detail
• Ability to manage multiple tasks
• Flexibility to meet changing deadlines and priorities
• Positive attitude, proactive, and curious
• Ability to work with minimal supervision
• Interest, familiarity, and/or coursework in humanitarian assistance is strongly preferred
Internship will range between 20 to 40 hours per week. Most work will occur at InterAction’s office, located in northwest Washington, DC. A small monthly travel reimbursement of $50 is available. A typical internship runs from May – August, but start and end dates are flexible.

Application instructions

To apply, please sent a resume and cover letter with the subject line: HPP Intern – Summer 2020 to jobs@interaction.org
Due to the expected number of applications received for each position, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period of time. No phone calls, please.

For best consideration, apply by April 18.