Job Overview

Summary

OPIC is the U.S. Government's development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical world challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds. OPIC projects have generated $74 billion in U.S. exports and supported more than 275,000 American jobs.

Office of Investment Policy
The Office of Investment Policy 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.
 
Intern duties may include providing assistance in establishing global risk measurement and management methodologies with respect to regional, country, sector and customer concentrations; reviewing portfolio models and determining their applicability to OPIC; conduct research on public policy issues as they apply to OPIC; or perform research and analyses on the impact of potential investments on emerging markets and project host countries with regard to developmental effects, environmental, and worker safety and rights issues, etc.

Duties

Interns will perform in-depth labor analysis and human rights review for proposed projects seeking OPIC insurance, investment funds, or financing; draft memorandums summarizing analysis; conduct research on country, sector and project-specific worker rights conditions; and assist in monitoring labor and social news, trends and events. In addition to internal meetings, interns may attend public meetings at other US government agencies, development finance institutions, non-profits or think tanks.
Candidates should possess some knowledge of international labor, social development and human rights issues, strong oral and written communications skills, as well as computer proficiency. Internet and library-based research skills, and multi-tasking capabilities are essential.
Knowledge of the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and other social and labor initiatives such as Fairtrade certification and the Better Sugarcane Initiative (BSI) is a plus. Intern candidates should be willing to take initiative and have the ability to work independently