Strategy, Development, and Learning: Business Development Intern

Work Location: Washington, DC - US
Requisition Number: 1126
# of Openings: 1


Strategy, Development, and Learning: Business Development Intern


Program Overview: 

The Business Development unit is housed within Freedom House’s Strategy, Development, and Learning team. The Business Development unit leads new program development, in collaboration with the International Programs Division and Research Division. The Business Development unit advances Freedom House’s mission by contributing to fundraising, program design, partnership development, and donor relations. This internship will build skills in business development in the international development sector, with the opportunity to work across Freedom House’s headquarters and field offices.


Intern Responsibilities:

The intern will assist the Business Development team in researching public donor funding trends (such as U.S. Agency for International Development; U.S. Department of State; United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia; and Global Affairs Canada), conducting market research for proposals, and developing knowledge management tools for proposal development. The intern will participate in proposal design sessions, support professional development workshops, develop business development resources, and engage in other initiatives across the organization.  Through this work, and under the supervision of the Director for Business Development, the intern will gain knowledge of foreign development assistance, funding trends, and strategic programming. 


Additional Considerations:

Freedom House recognizes the impact of systemic racism and the legacy of colonialism in international development, and strongly encourages Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to apply.



  • International development, international relations, regional studies, political science, or related field


Language Skills:

  • Fluency in English


Specialized Skills: 

  • The ideal candidate will be interested in business development, including program design, proposal writing, partnership building, and donor relations
  • Experience using database management systems and SharePoint
  • Excellent research, writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Knowledge of democracy, human rights, and governance issues
  • Previous work or internship experience with an international nongovernmental organization preferred


Qualified and Interested Applicants

We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume and cover letter.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.

Successful candidates will be applying for this unpaid internship as part of an established colleague/graduate school internship program.

A fixed stipend for travel cost will be available. 



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