PSD Corporate Research Fall 2018 Internship

Oxfam America
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Jun 20

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 Washington, D.C. office 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 of companies.

  Key responsibilities include: 

  • Support the team’s research agenda around sustainable supply chains and business contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Support the team’s Behind the Brands Implementation Initiative, contributing to research, policy analysis, and monitoring, learning, and evaluation (MEL)
  • Provide MEL support to a selection of country colleagues engaging the private sector on issues around human rights, land, gender, and climate
  • 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 graduate degree in Political Science, International Relations, Law, Business or related fields.
  • Must be receiving school credit or a stipend/funding for the duration of the internship. Candidates not receiving school credit or funding will not be considered. 

  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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