Program Assistant Intern

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Mar 05

Position description

Macfadden is an employee-owned, international professional services corporation that applies integrated information technology solutions and program/project management expertise to help solve critical issues impacting the health, safety and security of the world around us.  Since 1986, federal agencies have relied on Macfadden for critical support in the areas of international disaster response, development and humanitarian assistance, information technology solutions, financial management systems support and knowledge management and communications.

Today, Macfadden provides innovative solutions that enable our customers to protect America's food supply more efficiently and bring medical breakthroughs to market sooner; rapidly respond to complex international disaster relief efforts; develop and maintain critical government IT financial systems and safeguard key government information systems.  We support our customer's mission to help emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia develop their economic infrastructures; help meet compliance requirements and improve transparency through effective records and information management programs; and help preserve many of our nation's most treasured historical documents through our data capture and digital conversion services.

With more than 200 employees, Macfadden is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD with multiple client site operations in the greater Washington, DC region and Tidewater, VA area.

Position Summary:

Macfadden is seeking interns for the summer 2018 term (June – August) and fall 2018 term (September – December), to support USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA). Program Assistant interns will support OTI’s Field Programs Division, working in the Washington, DC headquarters. Depending on space available, OTI may bring on more than one intern. Interns can expect to have a substantive and rewarding experience as a part of OTI – interns are fully integrated into the OTI teams and are expected to perform as such.

OTI was created in 1994 as a distinct operating unit within USAID to help local partners advance peace and democracy in priority conflict-prone countries. Seizing critical windows of opportunity, OTI works on the ground to provide fast, flexible, short-term assistance targeted at key transition needs. Countries experiencing a significant political transition in the midst of a disaster or emerging from civil conflict have unique needs that cannot be fully addressed by traditional disaster relief. Timely and effective assistance to promote and consolidate peaceful, democratic advances can make the difference between a successful or failed transition. OTI assists in securing peace by aiding indigenous, mostly non-governmental, civil society and media organizations, using such mechanisms as support for re-integration of ex-combatants into civilian society; development of initiatives to promote national reconciliation; identification of quick-impact community self-help projects to meet urgent economic needs; and aid to independent media outlets and community-based organizations to help promote informed debate and broaden public participation. For more information about OTI please see this website.

Essential Functions:

This position will work with OTI’s Field Programs Division, which is responsible for the development, oversight, and management of OTI country programs. Internship duties will primarily include administrative/operations support, with potential for some program support, for an OTI country program under the supervision of OTI’s Regional Team Leaders in the following regions: Africa, Pakistan, Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean, and Europe & Asia. Interns will be paid $15.04 per hour.


Education: All candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree or be currently enrolled and in good standing in accredited Bachelor’s degree program.     

Minimum education requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree with 1-4 years of work experience; or
  • Less than BS/BA with 1-5 years of relevant experience
  • MS/MA/MB with 1-3 years of relevant experience

Skills and Abilities: 

  • Candidates should possess a strong background in one or more of the following: political analysis, conflict resolution, international development, international disaster assistance, or security studies.  
  • Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, as well as have computer proficiency. 
  • Work experience in international development and/or overseas experience is preferred, but not required. 
  • Candidate’s degree should reflect the experience required (international studies, conflict resolution, political analysis, program management, etc.)

Applications will be reviewed in March for positions starting in the summer; in June for positions starting in the fall.

This is 3-month long position with possible extension up to 6 months, working 35 to 40 hours a week. Applicants must commit to at least 12 continuous weeks of work for full consideration.

U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored security clearance.

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