Strategy, Development, and Learning: Business Development Intern

Work Location: Washington, DC - US
Requisition Number: 1145
# of Openings: 1


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.

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. The intern will participate in proposal design sessions, support professional development workshops, develop business development resources, and engage in other initiatives across the organization.



  • Current student or recent graduate with coursework in international development, international relations, regional studies, political science, or related field
  • Interest 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


Additional Information: 

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.

This is a full-time internship that provides a $500 monthly stipend. It is anticipated that the internship will remain remote for the duration of the summer. Regular business hours are 9am-5pm Eastern Time, but some flexibility is available.

Interested applicants should submit both a resume and cover letter. Only full applications will be considered.

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