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IIRR is one of the world’s largest international NGOs that focuses exclusively on improving the lives of the rural poor. It maintains offices in Africa, Asia, and North America. The organizations’ programs address the Health, Education, and Environmental conditions of the rural poor, and prioritizes the delivery of sustainable and scalable solutions that empower people to move out of poverty.

IIRR is looking for intelligent, strategic, and resourceful thinkers to help build varied projects organized by the US Office. Interns will work under the direction of the Global Operations Manager.

This is an unpaid internship but available for class credits. We have two internship models:

  • full-time – requires a 5 days (40 hours) a week commitment of 3 months
  • part-time – required 3 to 4 days (24 hours) a week commitment of 6 months


  • Assist with new project initiatives in IIRR focus areas: health, education, food systems, economic empowerment, and the environment in IIRR country
  • Support the identification of literature for relevant project initiatives
  • Support in the identification/recording of key analytic tools for measuring the impacts of IIRR rural development
  • Develop new program concepts in partnership with staff around the world
  • Support in grant proposals through research and/or writing


  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Minimum GPA 2
  • Well-organized, reliable, and self-motivated.
  • Helpful and responsive i.e. when dealing with ad-hoc requests for providing support Resourceful, creative, who enjoys problem-solving
  • Impeccable writing skills with meticulous attention to detail, and organizational skills
  • Curiosity, creativity, and fearlessness in contributing new and bold ideas
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and effectively multi-task
  • A willingness to fail fast and forward while respecting and valuing input from a global and diverse team
  • Ability and willingness to work in a startup culture that may require fluidity in roles from week to week
  • Intermediate experience with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Applications
  • Responsive to manager’s feedback, ability to take direction and execute work independently with minimal oversight
  • Passionate about making a positive difference

How to Apply

Send resume/CV, cover letter (including preference for part-time or full-time placement), and contact information for three references to: | Include “Project Officer (Intern)” in the Subject Line

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

No calls, please. If you have not received a response from us in two weeks, you should assume that your application was not successful on this occasion.

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