Corporate Research Intern, Private Sector Department

Oxfam America
  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Apr 19

Position description

Oxfam America (OA) established the Private Sector Department (PSD) in order to channel the creativity, resources, and influence of the private sector to pro-poor ends.  As a rare global development organization with private sector capacity, OA is a leader in corporate campaigning, innovative collaborations, and pro-poor private sector development.   The department also supports private sector engagement on the following OA campaigns and advocacy priorities:  inequality, accountable development finance, rights in crisis, economic justice, , and aid effectiveness. 

Internship Overview:    PSD provides internship opportunities to give students the unique opportunity to gain real world experience by working at our Global Headquarters in Boston, MA and our offices in Washington DC in the areas of development, human rights, corporate responsibility and international law. Interns are expected to work full-time.

The Intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Work collaboratively in a fast paced, professional environment;
  • Contribute to one or more domestic and/or international projects;
  • Address economic, social and cultural rights both within the US and internationally;
  • Develop skills in research & writing for a range of purposes and different audiences


The Intern will work closely with PSD staff to help meet goals. Intern assignments will vary, but the core duties include work related to corporate research and ethical screening of companies.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Research, screen, and analyze potential corporate, foundation, and government donors and partners
  • Assist coordination of the Oxfam America Ethical Screening Team, including coordinating with the Institutional Support Department (ISD), Public Engagement and PSD Directors.
  • Provide ad hoc research on corporations as needed for the Private Sector Department 

 Broader team support

  • Support team members on the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of PSD’s work, as directed
  • Participate in work-related activities (i.e., meetings, webinars, workshops, conferences, brown-bags), take notes and prepare summaries for staff


The intern will become staff for the duration of the internship.  The intern will be expected to attend the office 35 hours per week, during normal business hours between 9am and 5pm (excepting holidays), and to apply the same standards of work and professional attitudes as we expect from a regular beginning OA employee. 




  • Candidate for a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree (preferable) in English, History, Political Science, International Relations or related fields.
  • Must be receiving school credit or stipend

Experience and Core Competencies:

  • Excellent research skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills; ability to prioritize workload and multi-task.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment and under pressure.
  • Very good oral and written communications skills.
  • Accuracy and strong attention to detail.
  • Team Player; eager to take on challenges and work as part of a team.


  • Prior experience working in a non-profit
  • Knowledge of the field of international development, humanitarian and human rights

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