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The Movement for Community-led Development provides opportunities for unpaid undergraduate and graduate student internships of three to six months in support of its research and advocacy efforts. Interns work directly under the supervision of the Movement’s secretariat staff team based in Washington DC.

This is an important moment for Community-led Development, as localization gains traction with USAID and other development partners. In addition to its ongoing independent multi-country research and development of tools, MCLD is also undertaking research on community facilitation and leadership in Bangladesh and Ethiopia, with funding from USAID. MCLD is in the process of reinvention as an independent entity, distinct from its current host, The Hunger Project. Both factors create new opportunities and (we believe) interesting opportunities for contributions by interns.

Interns have the opportunity to be a part of the Global #ShiftThePower movement, learn about the current conversations in international development, interact with a multi-organizational team, and connect with local leaders from across the globe.

Internships for Winter, Spring and Summer 2023 are now open!

Interns gain experience in writing, policy analysis, organizing high-impact events, and representing the Movement at meetings (virtual or in-person). Other intern responsibilities include research, writing position papers, blogging, developing social media campaigns, attending working group meetings, and Hill lobbying. 

Interns (and secretariat staff) work primarily remotely, in daily communication with staff via Slack, email, and Google Meet. Internships can be part-time or full-time, ranging from 25-40 hours per week.

To apply, send a cover letter stating your intention for the internship, your resume and a short (2-4 page) writing sample to

The Hunger Project requires mandatory vaccination (subject to its availability, local regulations, and legally protected exemption) to safeguard the health of our employees and community partners. This requirement is in compliance with New York City’s December 13, 2021 Order Requiring Vaccination in the Workplace.