USAID Africa Bureau Internships Summer, 2016 (Washington DC)

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Application Deadline: December 31, 2015, 5:00PM EST:

Internships with the USAID Africa Bureau

USAID’s Africa Bureau expects to have a limited number of summer 2016 internships available in a few of its overseas missions in sub-Saharan Africa as well as in Washington, D.C. 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.

USAID 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.

The Internship

  • Interns will have the opportunity to contribute to USAID’s work in Africa while learning valuable lessons about international development and working closely with our staff members.
  • The work assigned to an intern in most office divisions includes research, writing program memoranda, drafting documents, facilitating meetings and special events, attending program discussions in the Agency and at the Department of State, and communicating on program issues for USAID field Missions abroad.

All internship offers are contingent upon successful receipt of a security clearance, which can take several months. As soon as a candidate is tentatively selected, the Africa Bureau will work with the candidate to initiate the security clearance investigation process by obtaining and submitting the necessary documentation to the Office of Security.

Eligibility Requirements;

Selection criteria:

  • Students must be American citizens (Students that possess dual citizenship are very unlikely to receive a security clearance).
  • Students must be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students at the time of their application. Student status will be verified by USAID.
  • Students should inform their university’s office of international programs or the equivalent that they are applying for an internship. It is in the interest of the student that the university be aware of the application.

Timeline for the process:

  • November 1, 2015: On-line application module will be officially launched. Please note that applications will not be accepted before the launch.
  • December 31, 2015, 5:00PM EST: Closing date for applications. No applications will be accepted after this date and time.
  • January 15, 2016: Letters of Recommendation due.
  • February 2, 2016: All students will be notified of USAID’s decision.
  • February 13, 2016: All accepted students must decline or accept internship in order to begin the security clearance process

Application requirements for both Africa and Washington are:

  • A cover letter or statement of intent (please do not exceed 1 page single space) outlining your particular strengths/goals; discussing what development issues interest you; explaining your expectations for the internship; and describing why you think you would be a good candidate;
  • A resume or CV;
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty (employers are also acceptable); and
  • Additional information that is required by the on-line application form.

Applicants should be studying relevant disciplines (public policy, economics, journalism, agricultural economics, agronomy, public administration, law, management, political science, health, etc.).

Application Procedure:

Please send any questions to Emails will be returned within 3 business days. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to phone calls.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the USAID Africa Bureau Internships

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