Internship Opportunity: Intern, Post Emergency Response Programs in Japan & Haiti, AmeriCares

INTERN POSITION TITLE: Intern, Post Emergency Response Programs
DEPARTMENT: Post Emergency Response Programs
LOCATION: Stamford, CT
Start date: June 3, 2013
End date: August 23, 2013
Application deadline: April 1, 2013
Stipend/Wage: Our summer interns will be eligible for a modest stipend payment


This is a summer internship opportunity and runs from June – August. This position requires a minimum commitment of 4 days/ week and consistent attendance to ensure that projects are seen to completion.


AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization that delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world and across the United States. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $10 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries.


The Post Emergency Programs team overseas the bulk of AmeriCares global long term recovery efforts and works closely with AmeriCares 5 field offices around the world. Our long term recovery activities currently focus on Haiti, Japan and Sri Lanka. Our departments team of four interface with each of the field offices to provide key linkages with HQ, support administrative needs and help develop programming strategy as well as partner and project vetting and approval.

One of the challenges we face given the high volume of activity in each of our offices, is consolidating the results of all of our activities. Therefore, we have structured an internship within the department which would focus on one long term assignment to help us capture the data being generated by our programs. In addition, the intern would have an opportunity to support some of the day to day administrative functions related to the departments operation.


The core responsibility for the position would be to structure a data capturing tool, likely in excel, in collaboration with designated team members and populate the spreadsheet with the required information. This will entail extensive time reviewing final reports regarding our activities and accurately pulling the relevant information. Focus on this will initially be our Haiti and Japan projects. Time permitting, we would ideally like to include past work in Pakistan.

In addition, the position will be required to learn AmeriCares grant tracking software, GIFTS, and will support that grants administrative team with daily tasks such as entering summary grant overview into the system and compiling a grant approval file for review by the AmeriCares Grant approval committee.


This internship has a single key deliverable in addition to intern group project:

  • Consolidated overview of the results of AmeriCares projects in Haiti and Japan.
  • Spreadsheet with consolidated data pulled from activity reports
  • Written report for each country describing the impact of AmeriCares work to date which can be added onto as time progresses – a template
  • Participate and contribute to the production of a group intern video project.


  • Exposure to the successes and challenges of recovery efforts following a mega-disaster
  • Opportunity to use critical thinking skills to consolidate data in order to provide a clear picture of impact
  • Understanding of Grant Administration
  • Team building skills and the value of the team approach in problem solving and project development

– Current undergraduate student (preferably junior or senior year) or graduate student or interested in international humanitarian assistance;

– Record of academic achievement and seriousness of purpose;

– Excellent research and writing skills;

– Proficiency in Excel, Microsoft Word and Outlook required;

– Strong organization skills;

– Prior office/administrative experience preferred;

– Self-starter — ability to work independently and meet deadlines;

– Team orientation — balanced focus on personal accountability and team goals;

– Career interest in global health, international development, emergency response, and/or international affairs;

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