Spring 2024 Internship

Internship Openings: Spring 2024

Community Engagement Intern


Roots of Development, a Washington-DC based 501(c)(3) organization committed to supporting and practicing Development Without Dependency, seeks a part-time undergraduate or graduate intern for Fall of 2023. The role would be mostly remote, with some responsibilities requiring meetings or other activities in the Washington, DC, area. Some compensation in the form of a stipend is available.


Roots of Development’s mission is to support and promote a community-driven approach to development—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, communications, fundraising, writing, and more.

Role Responsibilities

The intern will work under the supervision of the President & CEO and Strategic Initiatives & Communications Director.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Working to plan a symposium on the crisis in Haiti, to be held at American University in February of 2024
  • Coordinating the 2024 Spring to Action peer-to-peer fundraising campaign
  • Assisting with planning of the 2024 Haitian Heritage & Culture Event, to be held in June 2024
  • Conducting donor research and Salesforce organization
  • Some small administrative tasks

This position will be what the intern makes of it– depending on the number of hours they’re able to commit and their skills, 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 and research skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience working with other cultures
  • Fluent in English (reading, writing, and speaking)
  • Located primarily in Washington, DC, for the Spring 2024 Semester


  • Experience working in nonprofits or international development
  • Degree in or studying international relations, international development, or related field
  • Proficiency in Haitian Creole a plus
  • Experience with Salesforce or other CRM

To apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to info@rootsofdevelopment.org. Include which internship you’re applying for in your application. Please also include the number of hours you would be able to work and your proposed start and dates. Applicants will be screened and interviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Help us fight for a development that is more

sustainable and respectful.

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