Unpaid internships with OPIC are offered year round in Washington, D.C., and can last from 12 weeks to 12 months. Duties vary based on the department and/or office in which the intern is placed. OPIC's Internship Program offers valuable experience that contributes to educational and professional growth, and may be applied in any future employment endeavor, including federal, state and local governments or in the private sector.Learn more about this agency
- Identify, collect, and analyze relevant information concerning the potential impacts of proposed projects on workers and affected communities near projects;
- Review various forms of project-level social policies and providing gap analyses between corresponding national and international legal and regulatory frameworks;
- Assess host country laws and practices related to social governance and monitoring social-related news, trends, and events;
- Identify recommendations to reach compliance with international best practices for social risk identification, management and monitoring; and
- Perform other related tasks as assigned. Interns may attend meetings at other U.S. government or development finance agencies.
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Conditions Of Employment
- US Citizenship is required
- Must be currently enrolled at least part-time in an accredited college or university
- Must be suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation
- Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt
QualificationsMust be a U.S. citizen currently enrolled in a full- or part-time accredited advanced degree program (e.g. Master's, Juris Doctor, Ph.D.) in good academic standing, concentrating in: International Relations/Affairs/Development/Business/Finance/Trade, Global Policy, Human Rights, Anthropology, Social Impact, Corporate Social Responsibility, International/Labor/Employment Law, Public Policy, Diplomacy, International Project Finance, Political Science, Sociology, or other related field.
Knowledge of the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and other international development, social assessment, human rights, or labor initiatives is a plus.
Candidates should also have strong analytical abilities; verbal and written communication skills; internet and library-based research skills; computer proficiency; and multitasking capabilities.
Must be currently enrolled in a full- or part-time accredited advanced degree program (e.g. Master's, Juris Doctor, Ph.D.) in good academic standing, concentrating in: International Relations/Affairs/Development/Business/Finance/Trade, Global Policy, Human Rights, Anthropology, Social Impact, Corporate Social Responsibility, International/Labor/Employment Law, Public Policy, Diplomacy, International Project Finance, Political Science, Sociology, or other related field.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Applications will be reviewed to ensure eligibility under this program. Applications of eligible students will be forwarded to the Department indicated on the letter of interest. A separate application should be submitted for each internship of interest.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this internship, you must submit a complete Application Package to firstname.lastname@example.org with Social Assessment in the subject line, which includes:
1. Your Resume
2. Your Unofficial Transcript
3. OPIC Internship Letter of Interest (use the form found at https://www.opic.gov/who-we-are/careers/developmental-opportunities)
How to Apply
Applicants for the OPIC Unpaid Student Volunteer (Internship) Program must submit a resume, unofficial transcript and a letter of interest to Interns@opic.gov with Social Assessment in the subject line in order to be considered for placement. Incomplete packages or e-mails without the specific internship program name in the subject line will not be considered.
Please submit an application for each program of interest.
Applications are accepted year-round; however, if targeting a specific internship period, OPIC recommends submitting your application by the following dates:
- Summer - Apply by March 1
- Fall - Apply by July 1
- Winter - Apply by November 1
- Spring - Apply by January 1
Agency contact information
Recruiter at OPIC
AddressOverseas Private Investment Corporation
1100 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20527
If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career in the Federal Government, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is the place for you. OPIC is the U.S. Government's international development finance institution. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to mobilize private capital to help solve critical development challenges and advance U.S. foreign policy.
The Office of Investment Policy (OIP) analyzes proposed investment projects to ensure their eligibility for OPIC assistance with regard to the agency's policies on worker rights and environmental standards, employment and development and market effects; performs risk analyses and portfolio analyses; and monitors existing projects to assure continued adherence to contractual provisions and statutory requirements.
The OIP's Social Assessment/Labor and Human Rights Team analyzes proposed investment projects to ensure their eligibility for OPIC assistance with regard to the agency's policies on social standards, including worker and human rights standards, and monitors existing projects to ensure continued adherence to contractual provisions and statutory requirements with regard to their social performance. Interns will play an exciting role at the forefront of international project finance conducting social, labor, and human rights-related reviews at the country, sector, and project levels for proposed projects seeking OPIC insurance, investment funds, or financing.
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If you are selected for an interview for this internship, you will be contacted directly.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/512258200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.