Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights Intern

Pan American Development Foundation
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Feb 28

Position description

The Pan American Development Foundation seeks a motivated, detail-oriented candidate to serve as Program Intern in its DC office in support of the implementation and monitoring of international development programs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean for Spring/Summer 2019 and possibly beyond. In this position, the Intern(s) will assist PADF staff in conducting research, developing methodologies and communications products, and managing projects for Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights programming. PADF offers a hands-on, multicultural environment for Interns to gain practical program management and implementation skills and a collegial atmosphere of professionals dedicated to creating a hemisphere of opportunity for all. This position is unpaid, but PADF will offer a small stipend and transportation subsidy. Interns will be expected to commit 20-30 hours per week for a period of a least 12 weeks (with the possibility of extension).

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct and synthesize research to produce informational materials in support of PADF’s new Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights team;
  • Produce material for internal and external newsletters and other communications materials;
  • Participate in the drafting of program summaries, case studies, etc.
  • Support programs staff with documenting or communicating program successes;
  • Support in maintaining and analyzing program tracking documentation and databases;
  • Complete research to support current project implementation and the development of new proposals;
  • Support general program management efforts;
  • Manage internal PADF program administrative documents (for example, check requests and memoranda);
  • Assist with translation of documents as required;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • BA/BS degree in international relations, political science, public policy, economics or related field. This position would be ideal for current graduate students.
  • Strong oral and writing skills in English and Spanish is required; French is a plus.
  • Interest in Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights issues
  • A demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and operate independently with a precise, confident working style.
  • Solid ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • First-hand knowledge or experience in Latin American and Caribbean countries, a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal and outreach skills in facilitating communication with individuals from diverse cultures. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while also being able to complete assigned tasks independently while keeping the team regularly informed. 
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, ensuring that commitments and tasks are completed in a timely manner. 
  • Exhibits and supports a positive attitude.
  • Working knowledge of standard computer applications such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint), as well as other database programs.

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