SHORT TERM (3 months) INTERNSHIP

ADRA International offers a variety of internship positions in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. Intern work is offered in any of several units within ADRA International. These internships provide the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of humanitarian work, complement an intern's studies, and aids in his/her career development. This ADRA International office based program exposes exceptional students to the work of ADRA and inspires them to commit to a career of serving others.

HOURS AND COMPENSATION

The student internship is a flexible program allowing students to intern from 20 to 38 hours per week. ADRA does not provide housing, insurance, transportation, stipend, or other benefits for student interns.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate level program applicable to humanitarian work and the work of ADRA such as: international development, disaster response, project management, economic development, public health, marketing, communication, IT, business, social work, or any other relevant course.
  • Must be a US Citizen, Green Card holder or have a current work permit authorizing work in the United States. The work permit must be valid for at least the duration of the internship. (ADRA does not sponsor the obtaining of a work permit for internships)
  • Preference is given to members in good standing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Superior academic achievement.

UNITS:

HEALTH

The health sector is responsible for providing technical support to global health programs and projects across the ADRA network. Specific areas of focus include: maternal and child health, newborn health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, family planning, tuberculosis and mental health. Research is of significant interest to the health team and we welcome global health focused students to learn and work with us.

HUMAN RESOURCES

The Human Resource team oversees recruiting, benefits, payroll, training, and employee-relations issues. This is a dynamic team with diverse work and issues which change every day. For students interested in human relations, this can be an exciting and eye-opening experience in the forays of HR.

NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

The Business Development Unit is responsible for donor relationships, strategic partnerships with counterpart organizations, and program design efforts, to secure funding from large, public donor entities. We manage the efforts of cross-functional (technical, management, and finance) and cross-cultural (US office and developing country office) teams to develop high-quality, winning proposals for international development project funding. For those interested in total immersion in the proposal development process, business development will challenge, excite and exhaust you.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Emergency Management works to help communities worldwide to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. This is accomplished through the implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction activities, development of Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans, and the design and management of response and recovery activities. This is an opportunity for highly adaptable students interested in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment planning for and responding to complex emergencies.

PROGRAMS FINANCE MANAGEMENT

Program Finance Management provides day to day support to ADRA implementing field offices in the areas of financial management processes, financial compliance, and adherence to donor regulations and ADRA policies. The primary emphasis is on implementation of U.S. federally-funded activities. The unit is also heavily involved in the preparation of new grants proposals budgets, in the follow-up and resolution of audits findings, and in the training of field offices staff in the areas of finance and compliance.

MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT

Marketing & Development (M&D) serves as the corporate communication and fundraising sector for ADRA International. This office communicates the mission and activities of the Agency through a range of media, and coordinates and holds audience-specific promotional events (e.g. conventions, booths, concerts). Promotional materials, including but not limited to, annual reports, calendars, editorials, articles, are conceptualized and designed in-house by the M&D team. Furthermore, M&D at ADRA International sets the standards for ADRA’s network offices and ensures graphics standards and corporate image protocols and guidelines are upheld. Additionally, the Agency’s strategic fundraising plan is developed within M&D to identify potential funding, and implements the approved strategic marketing plan.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Graphic Designers primarily use Adobe Creative Suite to design and produce print materials that advances the fundraising and public relations goals of ADRA. We emphasize concept-driven design and put a high value on creativity, efficiency, and accuracy while maintaining a strong regard for meeting deadlines.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applicants need to provide:

(1) A cover letter that includes a statement of purpose regarding why they want to do an internship with ADRA and what they hope to learn through the internship;

(2) Resume outlining relevant skills and experience;

(3) Transcript of courses at the Masters level;

(4) Contact information for three individuals who can provide recommendations (e.g., pastor, university professor);

(5) A 500 word technical document (one of the past university assignments) related to their field of study that illustrates their writing ability and analytical, synthesis, and critical thinking skills.

(6) Copy of current visa or work permit as established in the Eligibility section above.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

To be eligible to be selected for ADRA’s internship program, candidates will need to:

(1) Have completed at least half of graduation requirements toward their graduate degree;

(2) Have an overall grade point average of 3.0 and above verified by transcripts provided by the registrar’s office of their university;

(3) Preferably speak a second language other than English at minimum of level 3S/3R or above

(4) Candidates who have at least 12 or more months of international field experience will be given priority.

HOW TO APPLY:

The application should include a cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample of up to 500 words. Candidates are required to submit transcripts for completed coursework. Graduate students must submit GRE/GMAT scores. Evidence of enrollment in a degree program prior to and during the internship must be submitted as part of the application process.

Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

Please apply directly to Herbert.Eisele@adra.org

 

ONE YEAR INTERNSHIP

The one year internship is for someone who has already graduated from a relevant graduate degree program and is interested in a career in international development.

After a rigorous selection process, candidates would spend typically a one month orientation period at the ADRA office in Silver Spring, Maryland. Depending on interest candidates will spend a week each with several units in the Silver Spring office, followed by nine months at one or two implementing offices in Asia, Africa or Latin America. For the last two months the intern will return to the Silver Spring office for a de-briefing.

This is an unpaid internship, however ADRA International may provide a small stipend in the field and help with international travel.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Must have recently graduated from a graduate degree program (minimum at masters’ level) from a course applicable to humanitarian work and the work of ADRA such as: international development, disaster response, project management, economic development, public health, business, social work, or similar.
  • A member in good standing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Superior academic achievement.
  • Must be a US Citizen, Green Card holder or have a current work permit authorizing work in the United States. The work permit must be valid for at least the duration of the internship. (ADRA does not sponsor the obtaining of a work permit for internships)

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Applicants need to apply directly through this web site.

Applicants need to provide:

(1) A cover letter that includes a statement of purpose regarding why they want to do an internship with ADRA and what they hope to learn through the internship;

(2) Resume outlining relevant skills and experience;

(3) Transcripts for you under graduate and graduate work;

(4) Contact information for three individuals who can provide recommendations (e.g., pastor, university professor);

(5) A five-page technical document (one of the past university assignments) related to your field of study that illustrates your writing ability and analytical, synthesis, and critical thinking skills.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

To be eligible to be selected for ADRA’s internship program, you will need to:

(1) Have recently graduated from a graduate degree program;

(2) Have an overall grade point average of 3.0 and above verified by transcripts provided by the registrar’s office of their university;

(3) Preferably speak a second language other than English at minimum of level 3S/3R or above

(4) Candidates who have at least 12 or more months of international field experience will be given priority.

TO APPLY:

Please apply directly to Herbert.Eisele@adra.org.

Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration if the submission instructions are not properly followed.