Position Description

Business Development Intern
Work Location Remote
Requisition Number 1232
# of Openings 1
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International Programs: Business Development Intern


Program Overview: 

The Business Development unit is housed within Freedom House’s International Programs. The Business Development unit leads new program development for publicly-funded programs, 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 engage in cross-pillar activities and learning events across Freedom House’s headquarters, field offices, and teams


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, contribute to sections of proposals as requested, 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, as well as the LGBTI+ community and people with disabilities to apply.


Language Skills:

  • Fluency in English


Specialized Skills: 

  • 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


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.


The internship will be conducted remotely with the possibility for in-person work for candidates located within the DC metro area.




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