WES is looking for an intern to support the WES Mariam Assefa Fund, a new philanthropic initiative aimed at catalyzing economic opportunities and advancement for immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and Canada. The Fund provides provide grants, investments, and other support to interventions that promote more inclusive economies and the economic integration of immigrants and refugees. Read more about our work here.
The Mariam Assefa Fund Intern will have a mix of research, analysis, and team coordination responsibilities, which may evolve over the course of the semester as the Fund’s activities and operations continue to expand in 2021. They will report to the Senior Program Manager and will also support the Senior Director and have exposure to other members of the WES team in the US and Canada. This role will provide an exciting opportunity to gain exposure to multiple areas of program strategy and operations in a new philanthropic initiative. The internship will run from January through May 2021, with the possibility to extend through Summer 2021. The position will be based remotely.
Duties included but not limited to:
1) Research and Ideas Sourcing
- Conduct literature reviews on key research topics related to the Fund’s US strategy and grantmaking approaches, such as employer practices for recruiting and retaining immigrant and refugee workers, worker organizing and collective ownership, best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion, impact investing, and more, and researching common trends or themes regionally and nationally.
- Coordinate, compile, and disseminate the WES Fund Weekly Review email update, sourcing relevant news and articles, events, and partner updates to share with key stakeholders in the WES Fund network.
2) Team Coordination and Other Ad-hoc Support
- Support planning and preparations for key virtual internal meetings and events, including presentations to the WES Board and meetings with WES staff.
- Help to conceptualize and design virtual workshops and training, including grantee working sessions and other key meetings with external partners by generating reference materials, summaries, and copy-editing content.
- Develop story ideas, interview questions, and draft copy for the WES Fund’s Insights blog.
- Provide administrative support to the Senior Director and Senior Program Manager as needed.
- An action-oriented person who is a self-starter and can work independently, as well as in teams.
- Have a deep-rooted intellectual curiosity and openness to diverse ideas and perspectives.
- Thrive in an environment that values transparency, collaboration, and orientation for results.
- Bring a “can-do” attitude and have a willingness to stretch up and down in their role.
- Build informal working relationships, quickly establish credibility in new areas of work, and mobilize people at all levels towards collaborative goals (including more senior colleagues and external partners).
- Current candidate and/or recent graduate from a public policy, international relations, economics, business, and/or other relevant graduate programs.
- At least 2-3 years of professional experience focusing on workforce development, immigration, refugee resettlement, economic development, and/or social sector consulting.
- Awareness of and interest in the philanthropic sector.
- Ability to research, synthesize, and integrate disparate pieces of data, analysis, and information.
- Demonstrated analytical skills to break down complex problems into component parts and frame trade-offs in decision-making.
- Track record of delivering high-quality, accurate work in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills to convey complex information appropriately to stakeholders with different backgrounds and needs.
- Fluency in English required; ability to speak additional global language preferred.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
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