Sub Saharan Africa Internship

Position Title: Sub Saharan Africa Intern
Position Type: Part-time (20 hours/week minimum time commitment); unpaid
Start and End Dates: January 14, 2019 (end date flexible)

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.

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, inclusive security governance, and capacity building. The PartnersGlobal 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 Sub Saharan Africa team in Washington D.C. advances these goals by working on access to justice, inclusive security governance, anti-corruption, and civil society strengthening with projects in Nigeria, Guinea, Senegal, and Burkina Faso.

Internship Description:

We are looking for a dynamic individual to join us as a Sub Saharan Africa Intern to assist with strategic communications, research, translation, and programmatic and administrative support. PartnersGlobal is committed to fostering a vibrant learning and professional development atmosphere. We provide mentorship and hands-on support to develop new skillsets and relevant experiences for those interested in the fields of international development and conflict resolution. As an Intern with the Sub Saharan Africa team, you will be provided an opportunity to work with and learn from PartnersGlobal staff in Washington, DC and the Partners Network centers located throughout the world.

Learning opportunities include:

  • Conducting and compiling background research on issues related to anti-corruption, rule of law and security in Sub Saharan Africa;
  • Developing project management skills by providing support to the Sub Saharan Africa team;
  • Attending events in and around the DC metro area to stay on top of the trends and approaches that likeminded organizations and partners are utilizing to address citizen security and access to justice related issues;
  • Building knowledge of Sub Saharan Africa donors through developing targeted outreach content including communications materials such as website updates, impact flyers, and thematic one-pagers.

Qualifications: The ideal prospective candidate is a graduate student or recent college graduate with demonstrated interest, work experience, and/or academic study in the thematic area of conflict resolution, citizen security, preventing/countering violence extremism, and/or inclusive security governance (highly qualified undergraduates will also be considered); exceptional English language with proficient French language skills (fluency preferred), research, writing, translating and editing skills; excellent interpersonal skills; and an insatiable desire to learn.

To Apply: Please send (via e-mail) a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample (maximum 1,000 words) to: by December 2, 2018. Please indicate in the email and cover letter that you are applying for the Sub Saharan Africa InternshipNo phone calls pleaseWe would love to talk to you but only after you have submitted the information above. Partners will contact applicants for an interview or to request additional information.

Partners is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on sex, gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, pregnancy, marital status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.