Public Sector Intern, NBDS Fall 2012
FINCA International - Washington, DC

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FINCA International, an international microfinance non-profit network is seeking a part time intern to work in the New Business Development Services department to support the Public Sector Team. The Public Sector Intern will assist the Public Sector Team in prospecting, cultivation, and stewardship of public sector donors as well as in supporting the development of new proposals as needed through internal and external research, writing, editing, budget formulation, and analysis of financial projections. The intern will be exposed to FINCA’s programs throughout Latin America, Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and Eurasia. He/she may be responsible for leading independent research projects related to any of the public sector donors. The intern is expected to support the Public Sector team as needed with activities including, but not limited to, monitoring, donor stewardship, contract negotiation, proposal development, research, editing, writing, and some administrative duties.


Project Design/Proposal Development

Conduct internal and external research as necessary for project/proposal development

Assist Public Sector Team in writing and editing of proposals

Assist Public Sector Team in producing project budgets

Communicate with field staff as appropriate to get information required for proposals

Research on public sector donors

Update FINCA’s databases of public sector donors

Write reports as requested on donor prospects, cultivation and stewardship plans


Assist Public Sector Team to update the database with Public Sector donor contacts

Assist Public Sector Team to implement strategies for donor stewardship and cultivation


Monitor specific, grant-related issues as needed


Assist in administrative functions as needed


Knowledge and Education

  • 4 year degree in relevant field (business, international affairs, development, etc) required
  • Graduate level coursework in related field preferred (business, international affairs, development, etc)
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Russian, or French a plus
  • Excellent writing and communications skills in English
  • Must be able to work independently and produce high quality work
  • Willingness to take on significant responsibility
  • Familiarity with microfinance preferred, but not required
Job Skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Sense of teamwork, cooperative and adaptable to change
  • Ability to work under pressure and problem solving abilities
  • Discretion and confidentiality

  • Part time internship position (20 hours/week)
  • Minimum 12-week commitment required
  • Unpaid
  • Position based in DC, but could be remote
Please send a CV and cover letter to:

FINCA International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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