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March 27, 2013

Internship: International Training Intern

Deadline: April 26, 2013

Organization: The Global Knowledge Initiative
Website: www.globalknowledgeinitiative.org
Location: Washington, DC
Start Date: May 20, 2013 (Flexible)
Internship Length: 6-12 Months (intern will be involved in a number of longer-term projects, so
it is important to have a sufficiently long internship tenure)
Paid/Unpaid: Unpaid, international travel opportunities possible
Weekly Time Commitment: 40 hours per week during Summer 2013 (during school year,
drops to 20 hours per week)

The Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) – www.globalknowledgeinitiative.org - is a Washington,
DC-based not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to forge, optimize and sustain knowledge
partnerships between people and institutions of higher education and research. We catalyze
purpose-driven networks to solve development challenges pertinent to science, technology, and
innovation (STI). We take a three-phase approach to achieving our mission: (1) locating critical
resources required for scientific research, teaching, and innovation to address shared
challenges, (2) enabling partners to collaborate through competitions, trainings, and capacity
building initiatives, (3) connecting resource seekers together with the global network of problem
solvers to bring solutions to scale. GKI is piloting its programs and services in East and Southern
Africa and Southeast Asia, in partnership with organizations in the US and Europe. These
programs focus on challenges across a multi-disciplinary spectrum, and include areas such as
agricultural production in Rwanda, rainwater harvesting in Kenya, water availability/quality in
Malaysia, higher education capacity building in Tanzania, and a number of other development
challenges.

The Global Knowledge Initiative seeks a passionate and enthusiastic person keen to support
international development through the application of science, technology, and innovation. The
intern will support GKI through research, writing, and performance of communication and outreach
tasks germane to innovation training in GKI’s target geographies, likely East and Southern Africa
or Southeast Asia. In particular, the intern will undertake curriculum development, training
program design, and communication as related to GKI’s global training program. The intern will gain
experience in international development project management and professional capacity building,
while being exposed to an extensive network of international experts in foreign policy,
development, and scientific and technical fields. Interns will be eligible for paid travel to an
international pilot project (this is not guaranteed, but has been available to some interns in the
past).

The ideal candidate should have a broad interest in international development and leveraging
international networks to solve development challenges. Specific interest or experience in GKI’s
target geographies and/or professional training is a plus. The intern must display excellent
English written and oral skills, with demonstrated interpersonal and organizational abilities. A
candidate for this position must be able to work in a varied, fast-paced environment, both in a

team and independently. This internship is unique in its scope and in the potential
for
international travel and professional growth — as such, it requires a level of dedication,
creativity, and leadership beyond what is expected in many internships.

Responsibilities:
-­‐ Research and produce training modules pertinent to innovation, collaboration,
international development, etc
-­‐ Support design of professional training programs targeting different users (e.g.,
policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs)
-­‐ Assist in training international partners on collaborative innovation
-­‐ Write press releases and reports for the GKI website, and for dissemination to
media outlets and development professionals
-­‐ Communicate regularly with international and domestic partners on behalf of GKI
leadership
-­‐ Provide administrative and logistical support as needed

Qualifications:
- In pursuit of a Master’s degree (or Ph.D.) in a field relevant to innovation for development.
This may include but is not limited to: international development, international science and
technology policy, international education / instructional design, international business, or any
scientific or technical fields (e.g. engineering,
biological sciences)
- Experience or career interest in international development
- Experience or career interest in innovation and global networks a plus
- Experience or career interest in professional training a plus
- Experience working in or knowledge of one or more of the pilot geographies in which GKI works
(East and Southern Africa, Southeast Asia) a plus
- Strong research and analytical skills
- Outstanding English written and oral communication skills; ability to synthesize data
concisely and accurately
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Attention to detail
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a varied, fast-paced environment
- Flexibility and adaptability; willingness to take on new challenges and learn new skills
- Preference will be given to candidates who can provide their own laptop

Application Process:
To apply, please send a one-page cover letter, resume, a short writing sample (no more than 2
pages), and indicate 2-3 references to Andrew Gerard, GKI Program Officer, at
andrew.gerard@gkinitiative.org. The cover letter should express your qualifications,
experience, and interest in this position. Candidates should refer to GKI’s website at:
www.globalknowledgeinitiative.org and blog at: http://www.globalknowledgeblog.wordpress.com to
learn more about the organization’s mission and programs. Resumes will be accepted
through April 26, 2013. The preferred start-date is May 20, 2013.

Posted by sarayu at March 27, 2013 01:43 PM

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