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    More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

    USAID's Africa Bureau expects to have a limited number of paid summer 2016 Pathways Internships available in few of our overseas missions in sub-Saharan Africa. 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.

    Students desiring internships in Francophone Africa must be proficient in French. Students desiring internships in Lusophone Africa must be proficient in Portuguese or Spanish. Flexibility, initiative, enthusiasm, good interpersonal skills and lots of energy are also desired. Computer skills are a necessity. 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 mission. Final decisions on placement will be made in light of the candidate pool and USAID mission priorities at the time of candidate selection.

    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 in Africa and work with USAID. Photos and articles will be considered for inclusion in USAID outreach efforts and websites.

    Possible locations include but are not limited to: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

    Internships may not be available in all locations; preferences may not always be honored; Please indicate a sub-regional (east, west or southern Africa) and/or country preference on your resume.

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    Duties: Based on education, the Student Trainee - Intern will be responsible for assisting the office with a variety of tasks, which are listed below.

    • Conducting research
    • Writing program memoranda
    • Drafting documents and preparing reports
    • Reviewing and editing documentation
    • Facilitating meetings and special events
    • Attending program discussions in the Agency and Department of State
    • Communicating on program issues for USAID and field Missions abroad
    • Responding to requests for information and assistance
    • Performing administrative and other duties as assigned

    Travel Required

    75% or less - Temporary Duty Assignments are in the USAID Mission in the country of assignment.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens - Students who are enrolled in qualifying academic programs.

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/423301300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.