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IMTD Launches John W. McDonald Peacebuilding Clinic

IMTD is formally launching the John W. McDonald Peacebuilding Clinic as well as the Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Clinic within it and moving toward recruiting interns by specializations after a successful "soft" launch based on new programs this Spring, with budding partnerships in Kenya and Bolivia and research initiatives related to Syria and Iraq, among others.


Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) offers interns a variety of levels and types of experience in the worlds of multi-track diplomacy, peacebuilding and conflict analysis and resolution. If you are prepared to seize opportunities, interns have options that include co-publishing, presenting at conferences, acting as organizational representatives and helping launch and grow programs. What you accomplish at IMTD depends on what you put in. We are not a big budget organization. However, we believe stewardship of our interns is central to our mission. You will not be asked to serve paid staff coffee at IMTD. Rather your team will be tasked with running the show. Senior, long-term interns are Program Managers who in turn guide Program Officers. And there are a host of professional development experiential education opportunities.

Clinical program work is done in teams, based on a law school clinic model. That is to say, the work is client-focused and praxis-based. We mix experiential and intellectual learning in a variety of ways in order to promote holistic learning and growth in our clients and ourselves. Team members run their projects together and normally choose a primary focus of one of the following: 1) research; 2) evaluation; 3) grant writing and program development; or 4) organizational diplomacy/stakeholder work. 
Our clients are treated as full partners and they learn "side-by-side" with us in a "developmental evaluation" style of organizaitonal partnership, even as we are often an ocean or two away. 

We filled close to 30 positions for the summer of 2016. For Fall, we are particularly but not exclusively searching for the following unpaid intern specialization areas in addition to substantive area Project Officer and Program Manager positions: 

Development Manager, 16 to 40 hours a week
Strategic Communications Director, 16 to 40 hours a week
Publications and Social Media Editor, 24 to 40 hours a week
Data & IT Officer , 8 to 16 hours a week  
Board and Outreach Liaison, 16 to 24 hours a week 
Pro Bono In-House Counsel, 8 to 24 hours per week
Director of Design,Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (DMEL), 20 plus hours per week

We accept applications from graduate students as well as from people who have recently completed degrees and are looking for new experience. Although undergraduates students generally are not offered internships except for those in scholarship programs, they may apply to volunteer. Our offices are located in Rosslyn, VA, one block from the metro. Internships are full-time and part-time, unpaid and primarily in-office.  However, we pride ourselves on creative internship agreements that optimize potential "win/win" possibilities.

Interns are matched to assignments and levels of responsibility based on their Knowledge, Skills and Abilities as well as their demonstrated interests, values, attitudes and commitment levels.  As an intern, you will be assigned a supervisor or mentor who is an expert in professional development and, within reason,  benefit from as much or as little coaching as you need. IMTD has helped many of our interns go on to careers in the U.S. government, academia and the not-for-profit world through strong recommendations and assistance navigating security clearance processes.

The application deadline for the Spring Semester is November 15th. The application deadline for the Summer Semester is April 15th. The application deadline for the Fall Semester is July 21th. It is to applicants' advantage to apply weeks to months before the published deadlines. We generally do not consider late applications but occasionally make an exception.

To Apply: Please note in the subject line your first intial and last name and the job title or titles for which you want to apply (example: J.Smith: Development Manager), submit a cover letter in pdf or WORD format (written signature not required) and resume or CV to moharra@imtd.org