Outreach and Engagement Intern

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OTI Headquarters
Washington, DC
Posted: February 16 2017
Application Deadline: May 1, 2017
Position: Full-time, Paid

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Macfadden is an employee-owned, international professional services corporation that applies integrated information technology solutions and program/project management expertise to help solve critical issues impacting the health, safety and security of the world around us. Since 1986, federal agencies have relied on Macfadden for mission critical support in the areas of international disaster response, development and humanitarian assistance, compliance and monitoring support, information management, and systems engineering and integration.

Today, Macfadden provides innovative solutions that enable our customers to protect America's food supply more efficiently and bring medical breakthroughs to market sooner; rapidly respond to complex international disaster relief efforts; develop and maintain critical government IT financial systems and safeguard key government information systems. We support our customer's mission to help emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia develop their economic infrastructures; help meet compliance requirements and improve transparency through effective records and information management programs; and help preserve many of our nation's most treasured historical documents through our data capture and digital conversion services.

With more than 225 employees, Macfadden is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland with multiple client site operations worldwide. When you work with a Macfadden employee-owner, you will be working with a competent, experienced professional who cares deeply about your success. That's what sets us apart and drives our commitment to our customers.


Macfadden is seeking interns for the summer 2017 term (June – August) and fall 2017 term (September – December), to support USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA). The Outreach and Engagement intern will work in OTI’s Washington, DC headquarters. Interns can expect to have a substantive and rewarding experience as a part of OTI – interns are fully integrated into the OTI teams and are expected to perform as such.
OTI was created in 1994 as a distinct operating unit within USAID to help local partners advance peace and democracy in priority conflict-prone countries. Seizing critical windows of opportunity, OTI works on the ground to provide fast, flexible, short-term assistance targeted at key transition needs. Countries experiencing a significant political transition in the midst of a disaster or emerging from civil conflict have unique needs that cannot be fully addressed by traditional disaster relief. Timely and effective assistance to promote and consolidate peaceful, democratic advances can make the difference between a successful or failed transition. OTI assists in securing peace by aiding indigenous, mostly non-governmental, civil society and media organizations, using such mechanisms as support for re-integration of ex-combatants into civilian society; development of initiatives to promote national reconciliation; identification of quick-impact community self-help projects to meet urgent economic needs; and aid to independent media outlets and community-based organizations to help promote informed debate and broaden public participation. For more information about OTI please see this website.

Key Responsibilities:
This position will assist OTI’s Outreach and Engagement Team with a wide variety of outreach strategies for OTI by designing and providing technical assistance to the regional teams and senior leadership. The Outreach and Engagement intern supports the development of new outreach products and staff training pertaining to outreach and public affairs. The Outreach and Engagement intern helps manage the OTI website and social media portfolio, respond to press inquiries, work with USAID’s legislative and public affairs, and compile, edit, and disseminate OTI reports and updates.


Skills and Abilities: Candidates should possess a background in digital engagement that includes social media (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn), online newsletter writing and distribution, and website management. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite is a plus. Candidates should possess excellent written and verbal skills and an interest in political analysis, conflict resolution, international development, international disaster assistance, and/or security studies.
Education: At a minimum, all candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree or be currently enrolled and in good standing in accredited Bachelor’s degree program.

Experience: Minimum one year of experience, including internships.

IMPORTANT Application Instructions:

1. Include a cover letter in uploaded documents. The following should be included in the cover letter:
(a) brief overview of the area of interest;
(b) brief overview of qualifications/experience related to the internship position the applicant is applying for;
(c) specify the dates and time period the applicant is available to work;
(d) list two references with contact information (email/telephone);

2. Resume/CV with any work experience and relevant coursework included

Applications will be reviewed in February for positions starting in the summer; in May or June for positions starting in the fall.

U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored security clearance. In order to obtain a security clearance, all candidates must pass a background check which may take 3-4 months to receive. Failure to obtain a security clearance will preclude candidates from obtaining an internship.

This is 3-month long position with possible extension up to 6 months, working 35 to 40 hours a week. Applicants must commit to at least 12 continuous weeks of work for full consideration.

Physical Requirements
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds.

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