Global Communities

  • Development Internship - Unpaid

    HQ - Partnerships and Programs
  • Overview

    Global Communities is an international development non-profit organization. Our mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.


    Global Communities is offering unpaid experiential Internships to active graduate students interested in learning about the business development process for an international development NGO.


    Interns will join the Development Team within the Partnerships and Programs Department at the headquarters in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.


    Unpaid Internships are currently available for the upcoming academic session beginning in January. We will consider active graduate students who are seeking an internship to fulfill graduation requirements and/or receive academic credit. We offer flexible hours during regular business hours.

    Interns will report to the Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Programs Division, and will collaborate and work with staff in the Business Development team. This is an excellent opportunity for Interns to learn about the overall program development process for multiple donors.


    Internship Learning Objectives and Responsibilities

    • Research public and private-sector documents on the country/countries political, social and economic status.
    • Prepare a comprehensive desk study on the designated country/countries that details the history, political, social and economic climate, the business environment, key stakeholders and implementing organizations, evaluation reports, and other factors necessary to contextualize Global Communities’ business interests.
    • Identify issues and situations in-country that should influence Global Communities’ response to business efforts.
    • Deliver written and verbal reports on the findings of the study to relevant development, technical and leadership at Global Communities.
    • Document Global Communities’ past and present efforts in the designated country/countries.
    • Prepare written documents as requested for business efforts concerning the designated country/countries.
    • Participate and contribute in the design of a development program.
    • Review documentation prepared by Global Communities’ staff for defined business interests.
    • Participate in division meetings and speak with field staff working in designated countries.


    Internship Final Deliverable

    • Final Desk Study (using the prescribed template) on the designated country/countries.
    • Verbal presentation (Power Point and/or infographics) on the Desk Study to relevant Global Communities’ staff.
    • Written brief (2-4 pages) on Global Communities’ past and present efforts in the designated country/countries.
    • Documentation as requested for Global Communities’ business interests.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Demonstrated interest in international development.
    • Demonstrated research and writing skills.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Fluency in English. Abilities in a second language preferred.
    • Ability to interact with all levels of staff in a professional manner.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
    • Ability to read and interpret documents.


    • Must be an active Graduate student pursuing a Masters in an international discipline.
    • Must receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement for the internship.
    • Previous internship, volunteer and/or work experience highly preferred.
    • Must have valid U.S. work authorization.
    • For consideration, please submit cover letter and resume and include the total number of hours available to intern each week.
    • Must have valid U.S. work authorization.


    Global Communities is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. EOE/AA - Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individual with Disabilities.


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