IYF Overview

The International Youth Foundation (IYF) stands by, for, and with young people. Founded in 1990, IYF is a global nonprofit that has worked in more than 100 countries in close collaboration with over 600 local partners to directly serve more than 7.7 million young people, and indirectly serve 12 million young people. Together with local community-based organizations and a network of corporate, foundation, bilateral, and multilateral partners, we connect young people with opportunities to transform their lives. We believe that educated, employed, engaged young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest problems, and we focus our youth development efforts on three linked objectives: unlocking youth agency, driving economic opportunity, and making systems more inclusive. Our vision is to see young people inspired and equipped to realize the future they want.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at IYF

IYF is committed to combatting and dismantling systemic racism. To address this, a DEI Council was convened, and the Council developed an action plan targeting four specific areas for improvement. IYF’s #4toSoar are four areas of focus where IYF will make intentional efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion internally. With focuses on ensuring equity of access for all young people and increasing the percentages of BIPOC staff at all levels, IYF is implementing an internship program to further these efforts. Fall 2021 is the launch of IYF’s initial pilot program.

Intern Program Background

The intern program at IYF actively targets college students from Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia who identify as BIPOC and/or with another underrepresented or historically marginalized group. BIPOC face many institutional barriers, and their talent and leadership is underrepresented in the international development sector. IYF is committed to removing these barriers.  This program offers emerging leaders from underrepresented communities and diverse ethnic backgrounds the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in a wide range of programmatic, financial, and administrative functions within an international nonprofit.

Fall 2021 Intern Program Structure

  • Open to students pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree who identify as BIPOC and/or with another underrepresented or historically marginalized group.
  • Starts Fall 2021 and lasts six to ten weeks. Targeting October 18th start date, but flexible depending on intern availability.
  • Interns must be available to work a minimum of 12 hours a week up to a maximum of 29 hours a week.
  • Interns in the pilot program will have the opportunity to provide input to shape the program for future cohorts.
  • Internships will be conducted remotely with the possibility of the occasional visit to the IYF office in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Students in undergraduate programs will receive $16/hour. For those pursuing a second bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree will receive $20/hour.

Fall 2021 Internship Opportunities

  1. Award Management, Finance and Administration Intern:

The intern will support the systematization of IYF financial and compliance tools and update the multiple platforms used for managing financial and administrative data.

  1. Business Development Intern:

The intern will support efforts to secure resources and contribute to positioning for and pursuit of funding opportunities, and generation of innovative, transformative programs to advance youth development.

  1. Digital Development Intern:

The intern will serve in a business analyst and administrative capacity, supporting the team while taking leadership over research and analytical tasks. Areas of focus will include technology business analysis, quality control, and document synthetization.

  1. Measurement, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Intern:

The intern will support the strengthening of the IYF MERL toolkit and assist with a research study on the relationship between life skills and labor market outcomes for youth in Chicago and DC.

  1. Youth Agency & Engagement Intern:

The intern will finalize IYF’s Youth Engagement Policy, which will outline how we ensure young people are ethically and meaningfully engaged as participants, partners, and leaders in our projects.

Application Process

Interested students should submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@iyfglobal.org. Please indicate the specific internship you are applying for. In the cover letter, please address the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in this internship at IYF?
  • How are you a good fit?
  • What do you hope to gain from the internship?
  • In what way do you identify as BIPOC and/or with another underrepresented or historically marginalized group?

Applicants are encouraged to apply by October 4, 2021. We will review applications on a rolling basis.