Internship: Social Media, Research and Program Support Intern

The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) was founded as a supporting organization to The Seattle Foundation for the purpose of increasing and enhancing international philanthropy and global development efforts in the Pacific Northwest and to serve as a resource to our community. SIF’s financial support is very strategic in nature. It seeks to bring about changes in attitudes and practices that lead to social change, greater equity in opportunity and reductions in poverty. SIF’s regional focus is Central America and SIF’s investment areas are:
• Women’s leadership;
• Youth leadership;
• Social enterprise;
• The rule of law.

Organization: The Seattle International Foundation
Address: 500 Union Street, Suite 801 Seattle, WA 98101

Title: Social Media, Research and Program Support intern
Rate: Unpaid
Commitment: 15-20 hours a week

Primary Responsibilities
• Develop a social media and communication strategy related to development issues in Latin America.
• Create a blog to serve as an online network for organizations to communicate and find relevant resources and news in the region.
• Follow news related to international development, poverty alleviation, and philanthropy to share relevant articles with key audiences.
• Be familiar with the landscape of online platforms and networks related to Latin America, global development, international philanthropy and the areas of interest of the Foundation.
• Find innovative solutions to SIF’s communications and social media needs.
• Understand and be able to apply the concept of usability to SIF’s web pages.

Skills required:
• Able to work independently
• Strong interest / knowledge about Cuba required
• Strong communications skills, especially producing professional reports and concisely summarizing research assignments
• Excellent research skills
• Experience in international development
• Experience with grant making and the nature of foundation work a plus
• Enthusiastic and shows initiative in advancing the mission of the Foundation
• Facility with computer programs, including Microsoft Office programs, Adobe Contribute, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign, Adobe Acrobat Pro, database experience preferred
• Facility with social media tools such as Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, Google Reader, etc.
• Knowledge of and ability to navigate related blogs and online information sources

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to

Internship: Asia Pacific Civil-Military Disaster Assistance Research Intern

Peace Winds America is a disaster preparedness, response and recovery organization. Peace Winds America advocates for increased collaboration between governments, militaries, NGOs, and the private sector to prepare for and respond to natural disasters in Japan and the Asia-Pacific, with the Japan – U.S. relationship as the cornerstone of humanitarian assistance in the region.

Opportunities of position: Gain experience in international relations. Gain expertise in civil-military disaster policies, programs, training, and research. Gain expertise in the policies and procedures of select Host Nations receiving humanitarian aid. Assist with preparing documents for senior government, military, and NGO officials. Help connect international communities and leaders. Gain experience in the non-profit industry.

Description: Research, review/analyze, and evaluate the existing civil-military disaster policies, programs, and training for the initial phase of the 18 month program “Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative”:
(a) Collect data on the disaster response activities of Japan and the U.S. for disasters in the Asia Pacific over the last ten years.
(b) Clarify and categorize existing disaster policies, plans, exercises and trainings.
(c) Examine the Japan and U.S. civil-military disaster policies, procedures and programs, reviewing documents, program briefs, and evaluations.
(d) Determine effectiveness and results of existing trainings, i.e., capabilities increased, contacts and connectivity established, coordination enhanced amongst the various groups involved (militaries, ministries, NGO communities, and host nations).
(e) Identify areas for improvement and means to increase coordination and collaboration during both planning and operations, while reducing costs.
(f) Assist with drafting and editing of civil-military literary reviews, conference proceedings, policy recommendations, policy briefs, and other materials as required.

Qualifications: Current graduate student or recent Master’s Degree preferred. Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills. Experience in Asian research, particularly disaster preparedness/relief, humanitarian assistance, civil-military collaboration, or international relations. Knowledge of Japanese or another Asian language is a plus.

We expect the intern will work 10 to 20 hours a week for three to six months. The internship begins in January, 2011. Although this position is not paid, through the internship at Peace Winds America you will gain valuable knowledge and experience in the field of nonprofit management and international humanitarian assistance.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and a cover letter explaining why you would like this position and what specific skills and qualifications you would bring to Peace Winds America to We anticipate filling the internship immediately.