Job Overview


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State and fosters transformational development around the world. Our headquarters is centrally located in downtown Washington, DC, at the prestigious Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. We are located next to the Federal Triangle Metro. Our office is in within walking distance of many major attractions.

This vacancy is limited to the first 50 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. Any complete application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application, should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached. Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.

This appointment is anticipated to last for 10 - 20 weeks, but not-to-exceed 1-year and can be extended without further competition based on the needs of the organization for the work to continue and provided the individual continues to meet the eligibility requirements.
These USAID Pathways Internship positions, are part of our centrally funded internship program. They are located in Washington, DC in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL). This Bureau is responsible for leading the Agency's policy planning efforts, shaping overall strategic and program planning, ensuring the Agency’s evolution as a learning and evaluation organization, and overseeing donor engagement while guiding USAID as the premier development Agency. 

Internships are available in three of the Offices within this Bureau:
  Office of PolicyProducing sound, evidence-based policies, strategies, and policy analysis

Office of Strategic & Program Planning
Revitalizing strategic and program planning and project design

Office of Donor EngagementAchieving results through donor coordination and cooperation 


Responsibilities for each of the Offices are listed below:

Office of Policy:
The intern will be expected to actively participate in the formulation of Agency-wide policies and strategies. The Office of Policy manages teams of Agency experts that produce policies and strategies in key areas that provide Agency-wide guidance to the field.  The student intern would also support the Office with research in areas such as broad-based economic growth, sustainable services and urbanization, and more. The individual will have the opportunity to have a first-hand look at USAID operations from the early stages of drafting policy to later stages of Agency implementation. There will also be an opportunity to work with other offices and bureaus within the Agency. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, attending staff and Agency wide meetings, drafting briefers, preparing draft reports for office, Bureau and Agency leadership, and development policy related research (as assigned).

Office of Strategic and Program Planning:
The intern will support the office in building Agency capacity to implement USAID Program Cycle reforms, including strategic planning and project design.  The intern would work directly with the SPP Capacity Building Team to help capture and disseminate lessons and experiences from USAID Missions related to the Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and Project Designs processes.  Specifically, the Intern would support management of the ProgramNet website as the Agency’s Primary Internal Program Cycle Capacity Building Platform, including developing and posting materials to the website, facilitating on-line interactive discussions and webinars, assisting the office with knowledge management and communications, and liaising with key stakeholders.  The Intern would also assist with other projects related to Program Cycle and cross-office objectives, as assigned by the Office Director.  

Office of Donor Engagement:
The intern will assist senior DE staff with the following duties: 

  • track and coordinate the bilateral and multilateral work flow of the Office –  what is being done now; what is scheduled to be done; and be available to contribute to senior staff efforts to rapidly respond to ever-present ad hoc requests and tasks.
  • update and maintain contact lists and profiles of key officials in donor countries and multilateral organizations
  • research and update development policies and priorities of donor countries and multilateral organizations
  • research and summarize background material and issues for think pieces and agency/inter-agency development policy formulation by senior staff
  • assist in the preparation briefing materials on Office activities,
  • participate in the coordination of seminars and events,
  • contribute to the maintenance of  current information on the Office’s website.