Global Children’s Rights (GCR) and International Children’s Education (ICE) Programs Spring 2018 Internship (WA)

Wellspring Advisors seeks an intern to provide programmatic and administrative support to our Global Children’s Rights (GCR) and International Children’s Education (ICE) Programs. This paid, full-time position is located in our Dupont Circle office in Washington, DC.

Description of the ICR and ICE Programs:

The Global Children’s Rights Program promotes the realization of the rights and wellbeing of children guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and locally defined concepts that support these principles. The Program supports children of all genders, abilities, and orientations, with a specific emphasis on girls  

The International Children’s Education (ICE) Program works to transform ‘basic education’ in Africa to ensure a relevant, inclusive, and high quality primary and secondary education for all children within more equitable and accountable educational systems.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Coursework or work experience from a relevant field (e.g. international development, international human rights, organizational capacity-building, education, East African countries, 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 but not required
  • 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
  • Undergraduate level preferred
  • Full-time (40 hours per week) availability preferred, part-time will be considered (minimum 30 hours 

Program-related responsibilities:

  • Conduct various research projects focused on international children’s rights and education
    • Previous examples include:
      • Research mobile phone and mobile banking providers to explore local partnerships with schools
      • Research income-generating activities for children and teachers
      • Research memo on human/children’s rights awards
      • Research memo on the structure and assets of Ministries of Education in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania
      • Research on NGO collaborations and interactions with Ministries of Education and policymakers around the world
      • Short updates on the curriculum development processes in Uganda and Kenya
      • Research on youth empowerment and life skills education in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Assist with creation of PowerPoint presentations and other informational materials
  • Attend field-related events in Washington, DC (meetings, conferences, etc.), take notes, and report back to the team
  • Track and compile relevant current events
  • Support staff in the planning and logistics of travel and meetings
  • Perform administrative tasks as requested (e.g. note-taking, file-organizing, editing)

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 international children’s rights and education activism in East Africa and on a global scale
  • 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, events related to the field in DC, 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, GCR-ICE” 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 contact; 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 by the deadline: Friday, November 24th, 2017.

ü  Internship runs from February 12th – May 25th, 2018 (flexible).

ü  No phone calls, please.


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