Civil Society Strengthening Intern

Position Title: Civil Society Strengthening Intern
Position Type: Part-Time (20 hours/week minimum commitment); $1,000 stipend
Start and End Dates: January 6, 2020-May 1, 2020 (flexible)

Organizational Background:

PartnersGlobal (previously Partners for Democratic Change), established in 1989, is an international, non-governmental organization committed to building sustainable capacity to advance democratic institutions, civil society, and a culture of peaceful change and conflict management worldwide. PartnersGlobal specializes in organizational development and social entrepreneurship, having provided the seed capital and technical assistance to establish 21 independent, local Centers around the world. Together, these Centers comprise the Partners Network.

PartnersGlobal adheres to the values of participatory decision-making, collaboration, and consensus-building as the fundamentals of an inclusive, democratic society; and, we promote the application of these skills in all aspects of our work. The PartnersGlobal team includes process experts, facilitators, and trainers who apply those collaborative skills to achieve concrete results in technical areas such as rule of law, women’s empowerment, human rights, security sector reform, and natural resource management. The Partners Network is renowned for undertaking cutting edge work and applying our process expertise to convene disparate parties to jointly tackle some of the most complex development challenges.

The Civil Society and Latin America teams work closely together and focus on learning and knowledge management, asset creation, and technical support and accompaniment to regional and global programs. As such, we are at the forefront of trends in the peacebuilding and international development field, with ongoing initiatives focused on operationalizing new frameworks and approaches for peace and for civil society resiliency in the face of closing civic space.  The two teams are also in the process of reviewing and updating existing training curricula on Partners’ approaches to peacebuilding and organizational strengthening, such as cooperative advocacy, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and collaborative approaches to tackle corruption, as well as develop new core modules to address the changing political and economic realities described above, like strategic communications and storytelling.

Intern Description: We are looking for an energetic and committed individual with a demonstrated interest in civil society resilience and/or in Latin America and the Caribbean to join us as a Civil Society Intern, working closely with the Civil Society and the Latin America and Caribbean teams to assist with programmatic support, proposal development, and communications and outreach. PartnersGlobal is a vibrant organization that allows interns a hands-on, valuable opportunity to gain exposure to an international nonprofit working in the field of democracy-building and conflict management. We are committed to fostering a dynamic learning and professional development atmosphere and will offer mentoring and guidance throughout your time with us. Both teams work collaboratively and dynamically and are looking forward to providing professional development and mentorship to a new team-member so that he or she can develop valuable, marketable skills in research, program management, and business development.

Learning opportunities include:

  • Refine your research, analysis, and writing skills by supporting the team as they implement a peacebuilding project in Guatemala;
  • Complete independent research projects that will help the team identify and track opportunities to grow the Civil Society and LAC portfolios, including fee-for-service and other non-USG opportunities;
  • Develop leadership and practical skills through coordinating events and roundtable discussions;
  • Learn about the business development process from pre-proposal forecasting and capture, to proposal-writing and budgeting, to final award negotiation. Improve your writing, research, and financial skills as you assist with all aspects of this process
  • General mentorship and work opportunities with the Civil Society and LAC teams and wider Partners staff of process and thematic experts both in Washington, DC and throughout the world region. Specific opportunities include attending meetings with donors and partners, assisting the team with brainstorming and strategic planning for current and potential activities, and providing logistical and research report to members of the Civil Society and LAC teams;
  • Networking opportunities as you represent Partners at different events around the District;
  • Analyze and collect various tools and strategies about civil society strengthening to support the current global civil society strengthening project; and
  • Coordinate programs related to peacebuilding and civil society strengthening, keeping track of deadlines, editing reports and liaising with our partners.

Qualifications: The ideal prospective candidate is a highly qualified undergraduate, recent college graduate, or graduate student with demonstrated interest, work experience, and/or academic study in social sciences, conflict resolution, communications, Latin America, and/or democratic governance; interest and/or experience in civil society and/or strategic communications; exceptional English language, independent research, writing, and editing skills; computer proficiency and a passion for getting organized; excellent interpersonal skills; and a desire to learn. Spanish language skills desired, but not required.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to by November 15, 2019. Remember to indicate that you are applying for the position of LAC and Civil Society Strengthening Intern. No phone calls please. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only. Partners will contact applicants for an interview or to request additional information.

PartnersGlobal is an EEO Employer

At PartnersGlobal, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work. Diversity is more than a commitment at PartnersGlobal—it is the foundation of what we do.  We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different.

As an equal opportunity employer, PartnersGlobal recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact our Intern Coordinator, Kelli Kaesberg, at for assistance. We welcome the opportunity to discuss accommodation of your disability and ensure fairness in our hiring process.