Paid Intern - Finance

Internship , Full-time staff position
Posted on 25 June 2018

Job Description

Project Description:

The position description is a guide to the critical duties and essential functions of the job, not an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical demands and work environment conditions. Position descriptions are reviewed and revised to meet IFES’ changing needs, at the sole discretion of management.

Job Responsibilities:

The Paid Intern is an entry level position designed to provide graduate and undergraduate student with an insider’s view of the realm of international development at IFES. Students who participate in this program will develop essential skills that are not attained in the academic world and enable them to make the transition from academic to professional life. As a junior member of the team, the Paid Intern will provide logistical and administrative support to projects for a department at IFES which can include finance, human resources, contracts and grants, program management, business development, communications, and IT.


The general duties of an intern include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research

  • Providing logistical and administrative support on assigned countries/projects

  • Assisting in the preparation of weekly home office reports, website updates, and other reports as necessary

  • Attending and reporting on internal and external meetings and other discussions about assigned projects

  • Assisting with program development in conjunction with the needs of the project and the intern’s skills

  • Compiling daily research from academic journals and print media

  • Other duties as assigned by division and supervisor

POSITION SCOPE: Provides the support necessary for the team to achieve its goals. Job duties are fairly straight forward and require following common procedures and guidelines. Can manage own workload, time and priorities with close guidance from supervisor so as to facilitate a learning environment per internship guidelines.

DECISION MAKING/PROBLEM SOLVING: Has the knowledge and skills to identify solutions to routine problems. Produces useful ideas or explanations for circumstances, but may need guidance or approval on execution for results.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: None. Can assist in or have exposure to preparing routine financial reports and processing routine transaction in compliance with IFES policies and procedures.

RELATIONSHIPS: Maintains collaborative working relationship with team members and other staff within the Division.



Education: Undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at an accredited college/university, or recently graduated no more than a year at time of application

Experience: None. Relevant experience, familiarity, or interest in international development or related field preferred. Previous internship(s) experience with an international NGO a plus

Related Skills or Knowledge: Excellent research and communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word. Introductory experience in or familiarity with program development or management, NGOs, and/or USAID a plus. Detailed oriented and organized. Ability to prioritize, take direction, and handle varied tasks within deadlines. Strong communicator, both verbally and in writing. Collaborative, team oriented individual

LANGUAGE SKILLS: English required. Proficiency in any other language is a plus.

TRAVEL: Travel may be required, up to 10%


Standard office work environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

About the Organization

Vision: Our vision is a world in which strong democratic institutions empower citizens to have a voice in the way they are governed.

Mission: The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) supports citizens’ rights to participate in free and fair elections. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral systems and builds local capacity to deliver sustainable solutions.

As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights by:

  • Providing technical assistance to election officials
  • Empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process
  • Applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle

Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 145 countries – from developing democracies, to mature democracies.

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