Visions in Action

Internships are available on a continuous basis in their U.S. office in Washington DC, each requiring a commitment of three months or more for 15-40 hours per week. If their goals and mission look interesting to you, please send a resume and a cover letter to their office stating which internship(s) you would like, the exact dates that you could begin and end your internship, and the number of hours of service per week that you could give.

In selecting interns, a competitive process, they look for relevant experience and seriousness of commitment, based on the length of service and weekly time commitment proposed. Graduate students and seniors are favored over sophomores and juniors, other things being equal. Nationals of the developing world are especially encouraged to apply, as are those with experience in the developing world. French and Spanish language capability is a plus.

They are a nonprofit organization committed to social change in Africa and Mexico through grassroots volunteer efforts. They are unable to offer a stipend, however they offer the opportunity to take responsibility for a project in your area of interest enabling you to gain valuable skills that can aid you in your future endeavors. They are able to offer advice in finding housing in the DC area and give you tips on finding a part-time job as well. They also give you a USD1,000 credit towards the Visions in Action overseas program fee, should you decide to participate in one of their long term overseas programs.

Internships:

Finance Intern
Information Technology and Website Design Intern
International Administration Intern
Marketing and Special Projects Intern
Program Development Intern

Intern Information:

Finance Intern

  • Duties: International accounting, headquarters and overseas budget analysis, taxes, payroll, bank reconciliations, annual financial reports. Prepare and support annual external audit.
  • Requirements: Accounting and spreadsheet experience, knowledge of Quickbooks desired, business degree a plus. Longer term commitment is desirable for this position. Knowledge of Spanish and French an asset.

Information Technology and Website Design Intern

  • Duties: VIA has an immediate opening for a spring internship in information technology. Requires experience with website design, should know HTML and Joomla, secure web interfaces, and maximizing search engines. Fluent with the use and maximization of Access, Facebook, Twitter and Constant Contact. Will explore systems such as Peoplesoft or Sales Force to streamline internal operations.
  • Requirements: Appropriate for university students or recent graduates with some IT background and interest in website design. Position is unpaid and requires 25-40 hours a week, as well as a three month commitment.

International Administration Intern

  • Duties: The intern will work with the US Program Manager and other VIA staff to manage headquarters’ office, international reporting, HQ finances, and international volunteer recruitment and placement; assist US Program Manager in providing support to South Africa and Tanzania initiatives; update program materials as necessary. Interns will upkeep organization email and be expected to attend career fairs if necessary. All interns are also expected to perform administrative duties as needed alongside any assigned special projects, including filing, database entry, photocopying, and any other clerical duty as needed.

Marketing and Special Projects Intern

  • Duties: This position is ideal for an undergraduate or graduate student interested in nonprofit online media, journalism, international news and public policy. The intern will write and create aesthetically captivating and eloquent print and web-based promotional materials; build and update media and outreach lists, update web properties and social media (Facebook, Twitter); conduct research on additional social media tools, contribute ideas for online content; assist with Google AdWords campaigns; update media archives.
  • Requirements: The ideal candidate will have strong writing, research, and organizational skills. Previous experience with blogging, social media, online political campaigns, or grassroots activism is a big plus.

Program Development Intern

  • Duties: The intern will assist in the identification and research of new funding opportunities and organizational partnerships; assist with grant writing and research, maintaining corporate relations and donor/volunteer volunteer database.
  • Requirements: The ideal candidate will possess strong research and writing skills. All interns are also expected to perform administrative duties as needed alongside any assigned special projects, including filing, database entry, photocopying, and any other clerical duty as needed.

Application Information:

Please send a resume and cover letter with the specific internship position in the subject heading of your email to visions@visionsinaction.org. If you are applying to more than one internship, please send separate applications for each. You must include your proposed starting date and the hours/days to which you can commit in your cover letter. Failure to follow instructions may cause your application not to be processed. 

 Contact: Visions In Action
2710 Ontario Road NW
Washington DC 20009
Phone: 202-625-7402
Fax: 202-588-9344

Website: http://www.visionsinaction.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=73&Itemid=177