International Fund for Agricultural Development [Intern]

2 Nov





IFAD/NALO offers internships in Washington, DC to individuals pursuing a course of studies or practical experience in international development, international relations and policy advocacy.  Our internships expose students to a wide range of development issues, such as small-scale agriculture and rural development, sustainability, climate change, gender issues, and development finance.


Applicants should be able to work at least part-time (25 hours or more) during the spring semester.  All applicants must be current university students and must receive academic credit from their university for the internship. Interns must have excellent analytical and writing abilities, good interpersonal and communications skills, and a strong interest in international development, particularly rural development.  Knowledge of Microsoft Office is required.  Previous work experience in a congressional office is desirable. We accept applications from both graduate and undergraduate students.  This is an unpaid internship.  Letters of reference are provided for those who successfully complete the internship.

Outcomes for the Intern

The IFAD/NALO internship will afford students and young professionals the opportunity to gain knowledge of policymaking processes and deepen their understanding of policy issues related to rural development and international development finance.  Interns will gain familiarity with the workings of a United Nations organization and acquire an understanding of the purpose and functioning of a liaison office.  In addition, interns will learn about career possibilities in the field of international development policy and develop their skills and abilities in a highly specialized policy environment.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit a completed Personal History Form with three references, a brief writing sample (3-5 pages) on a related topic, as well as a cover letter explaining their interest in the internship. The Personal History Form can be found on IFAD’s website at under Jobs/IFAD personal history form. All applicants must be currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs. Please e-mail applications to t.pesek@ifad.orgNo phone calls, please. Interested candidates should submit applications by Monday, 14 November 2011.  The internship will start during the first week of January and conclude at the end of May 2012.


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