East African Civil Society (EACS) Program Spring 2018 Internship (WA)

Wellspring Advisors seeks an undergraduate intern to provide administrative and programmatic support to our East African Civil Society (EACS) program. This paid, full-time position is located in our Dupont Circle office in Washington, DC.

Description of the EACS Program

The East African Civil Society Program ensures the successful implementation of Wellspring’s work in that region. Through its grantmaking, the program aims to strengthen local organizations and promote an environment in which citizens, civil society, and human rights defenders actively and effectively engage on political, economic, social, and cultural issues.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in a relevant field (e.g. international development, international human rights, organizational capacity-building etc.)
  • Previous volunteer or work experience in the field of human rights, grantmaking or nonprofits preferred
  • Experience living or working in sub-Saharan Africa preferred
  • Fluency in English and excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytic, research and organizational skills
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Initiative, resourcefulness and flexibility
  • Ability to handle confidential client information with complete discretion.

Program-related responsibilities:

  • Track and compile relevant current events
  • Review and summarize grantee reports
  • Support staff in the planning and logistics of travel and meetings
  • Perform administrative tasks as requested (e.g. note-taking, file-organizing)
  • Conduct various research projects related to East African civil society as agreed upon with program team
  • Conduct analysis on issues related to East African civil society
  • Record and compile notes in program-related meetings
  • Contribute to other program-related research topics as needed
  • Attend Africa-related events in Washington, DC (meetings, conferences, etc.)

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. As needed from time to time, the intern may be required to perform duties outside of his or her normal responsibilities and must be flexible when working on unexpected cross-programmatic projects.


  • Gain knowledge of human rights activism in East Africa
  • Learn firsthand the operations of a grantmaking organization
  • Acquire a deeper understanding of the role philanthropic organizations play in promoting and advancing social justice and human rights
  • Develop and strengthen personal and professional skills in a workplace committed to the advancement of human rights

Additional benefits:

  • Hourly position ($15/hour)
  • Weekly lunch series featuring Wellspring staff and expert outside speakers
  • Opportunities to network with leading foundation staff through meetings, affinity group conferences, and events with other interns 


Wellspring Advisors, LLC, coordinates grantmaking programs that advance the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people. Our work is rooted in respect for the dignity and worth of every human being and is informed by the following beliefs:

-        Social institutions and structures should promote the full realization of human rights and human potential, and should be accountable to these ends.

-        The rights of all people are advanced when the rights of the most marginalized and vulnerable peoples are protected.

-        Social-justice movements should employ means that are consistent with their ideals, and should give agency to the people whose interests they seek to advance.

-        As responsible stewards, we must strive to maximize the impact of our charitable investments.

Wellspring is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Applications should demonstrate strong research and writing talents, excellent communication skills and the ability to independently undertake various research, writing and administrative projects.

How to apply:

ü  Send an e-mail to [email protected] with “Intern, EACS” in the subject line, and attach the following documents:

  1. a cover letter with a brief personal statement, and an outline of career goals and interests in human rights and social justice, as well as a note on your expected weekly availability in the 2018 spring.
  2. a resume listing relevant courses, previous experience and special skills (including languages),
  3. one academic or professional reference; no personal references will be accepted, and
  4. one writing sample (e.g., academic work, research paper, essay) of no more than three pages.

ü  Complete applications must be received, not postmarked, by the deadline, Friday, November 24th, 2017.

ü  Internship runs from February 12th – June 1st, 2018 (flexible).

ü  No phone calls, please.

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