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Unpaid Intern: Bilingual (English/Spanish) International Development New Business Assistant

Company: Education Development Center, Inc.
Location: Washington
Posted on: September 14, 2019

Job Description:


Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

EDC promotes equity and access to high quality education and health services and products that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. We support an inclusive workplace culture that embraces many perspectives and broadens our understanding of the communities we serve, enhancing and enriching our work.

EDC is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

English for Latin America (ELA) is an Interactive Audio Instruction (IAI) program designed to teach English to young people and support teachers in providing effective instruction. ELA consists of 100 audio programs that use dramas, song, games, and more to help students meet the basic level of English according to internationally recognized standards. Taking into account the need for English proficiency to succeed in life and the workforce today, ELA is offered throughout Latin America and provides youth with a foundational start in the English language. ELA's website is englishforlatinamerica.org

ELA has been implemented in schools throughout the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Colombia. The ELA intern will become familiar with all aspects of the ELA programs as he or she assists with informing Ministries or school systems throughout Latin America about ELA and helps with the follow-up when interest is demonstrated. The intern will gain real-world exposure to program production, proposal-writing, communicating with key stakeholders such as Ministries of Education and donors, and the contracting process.

The English for Latin America program has an opening for an Intern. The unpaid internship will take place at the Washington, DC office, can begin either during the fall semester or during the spring. The length and schedule will be determined by the program the student is enrolled in. In addition to the tasks outlined below, the Intern will focus primarily on two main tasks:

  • Business Development - The Intern will assist with new business development in Latin America including:

    a. Assistance with new business opportunities currently being pursued in Latin America and the Caribbean involving correspondence with current partners and planning for upcoming events.

    b. Research on potential new business opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean. The intern will specifically research the private sector's involvement in social initiatives in the region. The Intern will maintain a database that contains information about Ministries of Education, private sector companies, and international donors interested in the ELA programs.

    • Translation - The Intern will assist with translating documents as needed by the English for Latin America programs or other relevant projects. This may include a variety of program-related documentation such as presentations, brochures, concept papers, proposals, or spoken word.


      The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly, courteously, and professionally with internal EDC staff and external clients; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures.

      Under direct supervision, the Intern will

      --- Accurately perform basic support to a center, program, project or department, via the

      production of project or new business materials including writing, designing, reproducing, and distributing in both English and Spanish

      --- Perform various assigned duties related to the ELA project to balance workload

      --- May support development and production of proposals if the opportunity arises

      The Intern

      --- Effectively interacts with diverse staff

      --- Learns teamwork; incorporates feedback

      --- Adapts readily

      --- Seeks help and support as needed

      QUALIFICATIONS - All jobs require educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; strong interpersonal & organizational skills. This position requires:

      --- Student enrolled in Bachelor's or Master's Degree program related to International Education;

      --- Some experience desirable including correspondence written and spoken correspondence in English and Spanish;

      --- Experience in maintenance of simple database experience desirable;

      --- Native fluency in Spanish and English, both written and spoken. Portuguese a plus.

      • Ability to conduct extensive research and present conclusions
      • Ability to assist with marketing including via social media
      • Ability to correspond with high level Ministry officials as well as private sector executives in written English and Spanish

        The internship is unpaid but can be used to fulfill course requirements. The student will receive support from EDC staff in any final reports or presentations needed to fulfill the internship course requirements.

        To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Kit Yasin (kit@edc.org). No paper applications or phone calls please.


        Education Development Center

        1025 Thomas Jefferson Street NW

        Suite 700 West

        Washington, DC 20007

        No phone calls, please

        Posted: 7/18/19
        EDC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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