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More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
Internships with the USAID Africa Bureau
USAID's Africa Bureau expects to have a limited number of summer 2016 internships available in Washington, D.C. This is an excellent opportunity for outstanding students interested in pursuing careers in international development.
In sub-Saharan Africa, USAID works to help build sustained and well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system. Our assistance to Africa aims to help African governments, institutions, and organizations advance good governance principles and innovative approaches to health, education, economic growth, agriculture, and the environment.
Normally, the internship period is June - August, although this is negotiable. Selected students must be able to stay the duration of the internship as determined by the sponsoring Washington, DC office. Final decisions on placement will be made in light of the candidate pool and USAID mission priorities at the time of candidate selection. USAID is an equal opportunity employer.
To support the USAID Africa Bureau's communication needs, all interns are encouraged to include an outreach component in their internship by taking digital photos and writing articles for their school or hometown newspapers. Alternatively, when students return to their schools, they are encouraged to seek out opportunities to present information to their school communities about their experiences with USAID. Photos and articles will be considered for inclusion in USAID outreach efforts and websites.
Interns will have the opportunity to contribute to USAID's work in Africa while learning valuable lessons about international development and working closely with our staff members. The work assigned to an intern in most office divisions includes research, writing program memoranda, drafting documents, facilitating meetings and special events, attending program discussions in the Agency and at the Department of State, and communicating on program issues for USAID field Missions abroad.
Candidates should possess a general knowledge about U.S. government agencies, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and computer proficiency