International Program Intern


GKI is looking for a passionate and enthusiastic person keen to support international development through the application of science, technology, and innovation.  The intern will support GKI through research, writing, and performance of communication and outreach tasks in GKI’s target geographies—Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere. The intern will also conduct primary and secondary research on the economic, scientific, technological, and institutional contexts of target geographies.  The intern will gain experience in international development project management and support, while being exposed to an extensive network of international experts in foreign policy, development, and a wide array of issue areas.

The ideal candidate should have a broad interest in international development and leveraging international networks to solve development challenges.  Specific interest or experience in GKI’s target geographies is a plus, as is experience working in the field of international development.  The intern must display excellent English written and oral skills, with demonstrated interpersonal and organizational abilities.  A candidate for this position must be able to work in a varied, fast-paced environment, both in a team and independently.


  • Research and produce analyses of economic, social, and scientific/technological contexts in relevant countries, economic sectors, and institutions
  • Research and support development of training materials on collaborative innovation
  • Write press releases and blogs for the GKI website, and for dissemination to media outlets and development professionals
  • Communicate with international and domestic partners on behalf of GKI
  • Provide administrative and logistical support as needed


  • In pursuit of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a field relevant to science, technology, and innovation for development (Master’s preferred).  This may include but is not limited to: international development, economics, international relations, science and technology policy, public policy, or any scientific or technical fields (e.g. mechanical engineering, biological sciences)
  • Experience or career interest in international development
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Outstanding English written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a varied, fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and adaptability; willingness to take on new challenges and learn new skills
  • Preference will be given to candidates who can provide their own laptop

Location: Washington, DC
Weekly Time Commitment: 15-20 hours per week during school year
Start Date: September 7, 2016 (flexible)
Internship Length: Approximately 4 months (until January 13, 2017), with possibility of extension
Paid/Unpaid: Unpaid

Application Process:

To apply, please send a one-page cover letter, resume, a short writing sample (no more than 2 pages), and indicate 2-3 references to Renee Vuillaume, Program Officer, at  The cover letter should express your qualifications, experience, and interest in this position.  To learn more about GKI’s mission and programs, please visit our website at:

Resumes will be accepted through August 17, 2016, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  The preferred start-date is approximately September 7, 2016.


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