Governance Intern, International Rescue Committee

Job Title: Intern, Governance

Band / Level / Grade: n/a

Department: Governance Technical Unit

Location: New York, NY

Duration: 8 months (full academic year) preferred, but 4 months (fall semester) possible, part-time (approx. 20 hours per week)

Overtime Eligible: N/A


Job Description


The IRC Governance Technical Unit focuses on ensuring that people have the power to influence the decisions that affect their lives. We work to strengthen the voices of community and to help the IRC, governments, and other organizations be more responsive to their needs. Governance programming cuts across several IRC sectors, and utilizes approaches like Peacebuilding, Local Partnerships, Inclusive City Planning, Participatory Decision-Making, Social Accountability and Service Delivery System Strengthening to achieve its aims.   




With support from the Governance Technical Unit (GTU) staff, the Governance Intern will assist with various tasks related to business development, communications and knowledge management. Tasks will include, but are not limited to: 


Business Development  

  • Provide operational support to the unit’s business development point-person on the development and implementation of a business development strategy;  
  • Assist in monitoring upcoming GTU-relevant business development opportunities and support GTU staff to develop strategies for tracking and positioning for success;
  • Regularly update, in collaboration with HQ-based and international staff, a toolbox of technical factsheets, capacity statements, and past performance reviews highlighting the various tools and approaches the GTU offers for program design and implementation;


  • In collaboration with GTU staff, craft targeted communications messages and documents that effectively pitch GTU programming to diverse stakeholders;
  • Create infographics and templates for external briefs, presentations, and communications targeting both technical and lay audiences;

Knowledge Management

  • Collect and catalogue research on Governance themes (including developing summaries of research articles/papers and managing a knowledge management database);
  • Set up a process for disseminating research regularly within the Unit and to field-based staff.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the designated period, the intern will:


  • Increased knowledge of Governance programming at the IRC and the work of a technical unit;
  • Experience supporting humanitarian/development business development processes;
  • Have further refined communications skills, including the ability to distill key information, edit content for multiple audiences, and contextualize communication principles within humanitarian/development work;
  • Hone skills in knowledge management, content development, and team work. 





  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations, Public Policy, Communications, Marketing, or related field;
  • Prior work experience in International Development, Communications, or Marketing;
  • Familiarity with the humanitarian and international development sectors necessary, field-based experience ideal (added advantage);
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite applications, like Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, and InDesign, preferable;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills (English is necessary, French is desirable);


Key Details


  • This internship is unpaid, with a limited transportation reimbursement.
  • The position is based out of the IRC’s NY headquarters; remote applicants will not be considered.
  • Schedule is flexible, but a commitment of at least 16-20 hours per week is expected.
  • The intern will report directly to the Governance Program Manager based in New York.


Please send a cover letter and CV to Marcela Gonzalez at to apply.  

____________________________________________________________________________________The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.


IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.