Internship Opening: Spring 2023

***Internship opening has been filled. Please check back in April/May for further opportunities***


Roots of Development, a Washington-DC based 501(c)(3) organization committed to supporting and practicing Development Without Dependency, seeks an unpaid undergraduate or graduate intern for Spring of 2023. The role would be mostly remote, with the option for occasional in-person meetings with Roots of Development staff in Washington, DC. The intern would be responsible for a wide variety of projects, ranging from small administrative tasks (no more than 10% of the role), to a long-term, self-driven research project that will involve documenting Roots of Development’s history through interviews.


Roots of Development’s mission is to support and promote a community-driven approach to developmentā€”an approach that is based on strengthening local capacity in order to improve the quality of life in marginalized communities. We partner with local, community-based organizations that are sustainably improving quality of life in their communities by investing in local capacity and supporting community-led development initiatives.

Roots of Development’s intern will be part of our small team of committed, dedicated individuals and will gain experience in nonprofit management, donor relations, event planning, research, and writing.

Role Responsibilities

The intern will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and Communications & Strategic Development Manager.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Leading the documentation of Roots of Development’s history
    • The Spring 2023 intern will be responsible for leading the effort to interview prominent stakeholders and staff members, collect relevant documentation, and compile information to create a history of Roots of Development’s last 15 years.
  • Assisting Communications & Strategic Development Manager with planning of 2023 Annual Event
  • Assisting Communications & Strategic Development Manager with donor research and Salesforce organization
  • Assisting Executive Director with small administrative tasks

This position will be what the intern makes of it– depending on the number of hours they’re able to commit, their responsibilities can expand to include what they’re experienced or interested in. If so inclined, the intern could be involved in: communications (social media, email), fundraising, research, website design, etc.

Requirements and Application


  • Current undergraduate or graduate students
  • Committed to sustainable, community-led development
  • Independent, self-driven work style
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience working with other cultures
  • Fluent in English (reading, writing, and speaking)


  • Experience working in nonprofits or international development
  • Degree in or studying international relations, international development, or related field
  • Located in Washington, DC
  • Experience with interviewing and/or documenting
  • Proficiency in Haitian Creole a plus
  • Experience with Salesforce or other CRM

To apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to Please also include the number of hours you would be able to work in the 2023 semester and your proposed start date.

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