Foreign Assistance Advocacy Intern

Washington D.C., DC, USA
negotiable Expires in 2 weeks



The Public Policy & Advocacy (PPA) department is looking for a student to serve as a Foreign Assistance Policy & Advocacy Intern. This individual will report directly to the public policy and advocacy team in DC.  The intern will assist in daily activities and, with guidance from staff, work on a variety of projects. The main focus will be on U.S. foreign aid, but other key areas will include maternal, newborn, and child health and food security.

What You’ll be Doing (Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact)

  • Support Save the Children’s advocacy work on 1) foreign assistance appropriations, 2) maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), and 3) food security.
  • Support the policy team by conducting research, maintaining databases, taking meeting minutes for internal and external meetings, and creating fact sheets
  • Support engagement with congressional offices, event-planning (such as congressional briefings), in-district meetings and events, and advocacy trainings
  • Attend events, hearings, and briefings to represent Save the Children
  • Attend Congressional hearings and briefings as well as NGO coalition working group meetings
  • Manage communication among staff and the rest of the agency via various internal communication outlets
  • Provide administrative support as needed (scanning, copying, organizing, mailing, etc.)
  • As needed, provide support on fundraising projects and proposals for the department
  • Attend internal meetings covering Save the Children’s global programs
  • Other duties as needed

Required Qualifications

  • We are looking for someone who has a demonstrated interest in public policy, advocacy, international organizations, and/or international development
  • Possess strong writing skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to work within a team
  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and current trends in U.S. foreign policy and international development
  • Must be a quick learner, able to multi-task and switch gears easily, and able to prioritize to meet deadlines
  • Excellent organizational skills, creativity and flexibility
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Must be an actively enrolled Associate, Bachelor, Master or other post high school education program, or have graduated within 6 months of intern program start date
  • Please attach resume and cover letter to your application


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working on Capitol Hill a plus


What’s In It for You

  • Structured learning and development program
  • Meaningful work under the direct supervision of an experienced Save the Children staff member
  • Highly collaborative and innovative teams
  • Networking program with managers across the organization
  • Flexible schedule
  • A family friendly work environment
  • The knowledge that the work you are supporting is changing the lives of children all around the world


Classification:  Paid Intern

Part-time:        24 hours per week

Dates:  June 2, 2020 to August 7, 2020



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