InterAction Public Policy Intern (unpaid)


Public Policy Intern

InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S. based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations.  Members operate in every developing country and advocate for global change to overcome poverty, exclusion, and suffering by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all. Located in Washington, DC, InterAction aims to give each of its members the collective power to speak and act on issues of common concern. InterAction’s Public Policy Team is seeking applications for two unpaid interns for the summer of 2016.

InterAction’s Public Policy team offers internship opportunities to motivated individuals with a compassion for global change. Our team advocates for the public policy priorities of InterAction and its members, primarily with the U.S. Congress and executive branch. The team helps coordinate the policy positions of InterAction members through leadership in several working groups and initiatives. Specifically, the Public Policy Team leads the organization’s work on:

  • Budget and Appropriations: The Public Policy Committee is the central working group for InterAction’s coalition-wide public policy work. The PPC focuses a great deal on budget and appropriations work, and is a forum for information exchange on the full range of policy issues affecting our members.
  • Democracy, Rights, and Governance Initiative (DRG): The initiative brings together leaders of the DRG community to facilitate collective engagement in the promotion of democracy, human rights, and good governance as a necessary foundation for sustainable development. It seeks to elevate DRG as a key goal of foreign assistance; garner public and private financial support for DRG policy and initiatives; advocate for the use of assistance mechanisms as the primarily method for DRG programming; and engage policymakers on how DRG helps achieve a more peaceful and prosperous world.
  • Food Security and Agriculture: The working group supports and strengthens US NGOs that are active in advocacy for international agricultural development and global food security. It focuses on Congressional advocacy to ensure investments are sustained and ideally increased, and that US policy on these issues remains strong and inclusive of US NGO goals and expertise.
  • Global Health and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH): These working groups seek to strengthen the “how to” of health delivery and improve US government policies related to WASH. The Global Health working group looks for ways to integrate health across other development sectors, incorporate field perspectives and elevate the health agenda in crisis situations. The WASH group works hard to encourage partnership among private, public and non-profit donors in the water sector.
  • Humanitarian Policy and Practice Advocacy: The Public Policy Team’s hill-focused advocacy on humanitarian issues is coordinated with InterAction’s Humanitarian Policy and Practice Team. Together, efforts assure that life-saving assistance is delivered to vulnerable people facing protracted crises or natural disasters. The working groups coordinate multiple NGO’s work on multiple country-based crises, sector-wide focus areas, and develop advocacy strategies with the U.S. government, multilateral institutions, and foreign governments.

Responsibilities will be specified to intern’s interests and are likely to include:

  • Attend and summarize hearings and briefings as needed on the Hill;
  • Attend and summarize briefings and events hosted by InterAction members;
  • Research legislative action that affects the international humanitarian and development community;
  • Research and examine data regarding US foreign assistance abroad;
  • Provide support to for meetings and briefings at InterAction and on the Hill, including: scheduling, tracking RSVPs, developing and assembling materials, supporting staff in preparing coffee, ordering catering, and writing summaries of the proceedings;
  • Update the InterAction website and online profiles with legislative, member, and program updates as necessary.

These and other assigned duties will be designed to support you in gaining the following knowledge, skills and abilities for obtaining future employment:

  • Familiarity with tools available for Congressional research;
  • An introduction to professionalism and DC office etiquette;
  • Familiarity with advocacy strategy implementation and experience using a variety of advocacy tactics;
  • Understanding of the pressing issues within the NGO space and a variety of areas of work for InterAction’s members;
  • Increased network of contacts and an improved resume.

An intern can expect to gain the following experiences beyond daily work duties:

  • Access to meetings of members and InterAction staff that focus on a variety of current issues;
  • Networking with the staff of member organizations;
  • Opportunities to learn about detailed and timely topics;
  • Feedback and critique of your resume;
  • Informational interviews with InterAction staff.

Qualifications and competencies of the ideal candidate:

  • Be sure to include sectors of interest and previous experience in application;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Must be currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs;
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision;
  • Commitment to being in the office at least 20 hours per week;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Commitment to team work;
  • Strong computer skills (including Microsoft Word and Excel);
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Application Process:

To apply, please visit our website and submit your application through our online portal at Applicants should create a profile and upload a resume and cover letter when prompted (the prompt may only ask for a resume, but applicants should upload both documents). The position will remain open until filled.

Due to the expected number of applications received for each position, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


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