Summer 2017 Intern

The Global Knowledge Initiative
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Mar 31

Position description

The Global Knowledge Initiative new type of non-profit organization focused on maximizing what’s available to solve pressing global development problems like food insecurity, environmental degradation, and energy insufficiency. As a global community, we are poised to take on these complex issues. But to do so we need to confront what’s prevented so many previous well-intentioned efforts from succeeding at scale. 

GKI believes it is not a failure of intellect, nor a lack of resources, that keeps us from solving complex, global development challenges. Rather, the failure lies in how we connect committed individuals and their resources—technologies, expertise, financing—to fill these gaps. GKI believes we need better methods for connecting the resources we have – experts, technology, knowledge – to the people and places that need them most. Collaborative Innovation approaches bridge those gaps and help people connect so that they can do more with less: more problem solving, more knowledge sharing, more life changing. 

GKI seeks a passionate and enthusiastic person keen to support international development through the application of science, technology, and innovation. The intern will support GKI through research, writing, and performance of communication and outreach tasks in GKI’s target geographies—Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere. The intern will also conduct primary and secondary research on the economic, scientific, technological, and institutional contexts of target geographies. The intern will gain experience in international development project management and support, while being exposed to an extensive network of international experts in foreign policy, development, and a wide array of issue areas.

The ideal candidate should have a broad interest in international development and leveraging international networks to solve development challenges. Specific interest or experience in GKI’s target geographies, agriculture, innovation, and sustainability is a plus, as is experience working in the field of international development. 

The intern must display excellent English written and oral skills, with demonstrated interpersonal and organizational abilities. A candidate for this position must be able to work in a varied, fast-paced environment, both in a team and independently. 

At GKI, you would have the opportunity to:

  • Research and support development of training materials on collaborative innovation, systems thinking, and global networks.
  • Support research to identify transformative innovations in agricultural value chains in Eastern Africa, as part of a global initiative with The Rockefeller Foundation aiming to reduce post harvest food loss. 
  • Research and produce analyses of economic, social, and scientific/technological contexts in relevant countries, economic sectors, and institutions 
  • Write blogs, case studies, and develop social media content for the GKI  website and related online properties
  • Communicate with international and domestic partners on behalf of GKI 
  • Provide administrative and logistical support as needed


·     In pursuit of a Master’s degree in a field relevant to science, technology, and innovation for development (Master’s preferred). This may include but is not limited to: international development, economics, international relations, science and technology policy, public policy, or any scientific or technical fields (e.g. mechanical engineering, biological sciences)

·     Experience or career interest in international development

·     Strong research and analytical skills

·     Outstanding English written and oral communication skills

·     Excellent interpersonal skills

·     Attention to detail

·     Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a varied, fast-paced environment

·     Flexibility and adaptability; willingness to take on new challenges and learn new skills

Application instructions

To submit your resume, cover letter and references for consideration, please contact Manmeet Mehta, Senior Program Officer, GKI at [email protected], no later than April 10, 2017.  The cover letter should express your qualifications, experience, and interest in this position. Candidates should refer to GKI’s website at: to learn more about the organization’s mission and programs. Please include the title of the position (“Summer Intern”) in the subject line.

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