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Strategy, Change Management and Communications Intern

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

  • Organization: Pact World
  • Location: Washington D.C. (United States of America)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-31

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At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Chief Executive Office (CEO) - The Office of the CEO contributes to realizing this purpose by developing and implementing Pact’s strategy and oversees all operational and financial matters of the organization. The team consists of a small group of professionals dedicated to supporting Pact’s President and CEO with decision-making, day-to-day management of the organization, and execution of strategic priorities. The Office of the CEO interacts with staff from a wide cross-section of the organization and leads many of the most high-profile initiatives the organization embarks upon. This office also supports the CEO with Board of Director engagement and staff communication as well as oversight of Pact’s subsidiaries.

Position Overview

This position will report to the Change Management Communications Senior Officer under the Strategy Realization Office (SRO) and will officially be called the SRO Intern. The SRO works closely with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to ensure we are aligned to execute Pact’s Strategy and Transformation. This is a fantastic opportunity to work at the center of an organization engaged in cutting-edge work in the development sector. The focus of the team is cross-organizational, so you will learn about the functions of a team engaged in supporting and guiding large scale change efforts. We are a small team comprising a Senior Director, a Change Management Communications Senior Officer and a Program Manager. We are dedicated and professional but also like to laugh and have fun in the work we do.

The SRO Intern will have the opportunity to apply their learning and hone their skills in project management, change management, strategic communications and more. They will have the opportunity to learn how to project manage discrete initiatives that contribute to the transformation, what is involved in managing change in a large nonprofit and how to create a strategic communications campaign. The SRO Intern will have the opportunity to contribute substantively to each of these areas.

The right candidate will possess an outgoing, collaborative personality. They will have experience drafting communications tactics for complex, diverse audiences.

Key Responsibilities

We are dedicated to providing a meaningful, enriching experience. The SRO Intern will have the following opportunities:

  • Learn about and contribute to the finalization of the Transformation Communications Campaign by offering feedback and suggestions.
  • Learn best practices and draft tactical deliverables outlined in the Transformation communications campaign to drive engagement and ownership of the strategy, culture and other priorities.

o Examples include summaries, talking points, narrative articles, newsletters and more.

  • Learn about how Pact is adopting systems practice as a core competence across the organization; Support the work to achieve this adoption.
  • Learn about and support the facilitation of change management-related workshops; Capture and evaluate feedback from workshops to better inform the SRO’s work.
  • Learn about Strategic Priorities (SP’s), priority initiatives, led by Strategic Priority leads, that have been identified and designed to drive the realization of Pact's Transformation.
  • Learn and support SP leads during the Annual Planning and Budgeting process.
  • Learn about staff bandwidth and support collating data to share with SLT, Strategic Priority leads and other departmental heads.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements

  • Currently enrolled full time at an accredited college or university.
  • Have completed at least 30 credit hours complete at the time of application.
  • Have at least a 3.0 grade point average.
  • Provide proof of legal right to work in the United States.

o International Students are welcome to apply. However, proof of eligibility to work must be submitted at time of interview, if an interview is requested.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior internship experience in international development.
  • Experience writing and executing communications plans.
  • Familiarity with project management approaches.
  • Familiarity with change management approaches.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities.

Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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