Development & Outreach Intern

Position Title: Development & Outreach Intern
Position Type: Part-time (20 hours/week minimum time commitment); $1000 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 the rule of law, women’s empowerment, 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.

Internship Description: We are looking for an energetic and committed individual to join us as a Development and Outreach Intern, working closely with the Business Development Team to assist with regional and thematic research, 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. The Business Development team works collaboratively with all regional teams, identifying funding opportunities and guiding the proposal process. This internship is a unique opportunity to learn about the inner workings of an international development nonprofit while learning about a wide variety of contexts and thematic areas. We are looking forward to providing professional development and mentorship to a new team-member so that they can develop valuable, marketable skills in research, communications and outreach, and business development in the nonprofit sector.

Learning opportunities include:

  • Refine your research, analysis, and writing skills by supporting the team with relevant country, regional, and thematic area research;
  • 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;
  • Complete independent research projects that will help the team track trends and opportunities to grow our various regional and thematic portfolios, including fee-for-service and other non-USG opportunities;
  • Specific opportunities include attending meetings with donors and partners, assisting the team with brainstorming and strategic planning for our potential activities, and providing logistical support
  • Edit and assist the BD team in refining training curricula on BD processes
  • General mentorship and work opportunities with the BD team and wider Partners staff of process and thematic experts in Washington, DC and the broader Partners
  • Networking opportunities as you represent Partners at external events around the District

Qualifications: The ideal prospective candidate is an undergraduate student or recent college graduate with demonstrated interest, work experience, and/or academic study in international development, conflict resolution, communications, and/or democratic governance; exceptional English language, research, writing, and editing skills; computer proficiency and a passion for getting organized; excellent interpersonal skills; and an insatiable desire to learn.

English proficiency is required, and foreign language skills are strongly encouraged.

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 Development and Outreach Intern in the subject line. No phone calls please. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only. Partners will contact applicants for an interview or to request additional information.

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.

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.