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Associate - Spring 2018

Application Deadline: December 22, 2017

The Kaizen Company (Kaizen) is a small international development consulting firm located in Washington, DC. We aspire to transform the nature and impact of development assistance and work to strengthen organizations and institutions through innovative approaches to organizational development, reform, and change. Kaizen is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate students to join our team as Associates (interns) for Spring 2018, preferably starting in mid- to late-January and lasting through May.

This internship is best suited for International Relations/Development or Foreign Affairs, Business/MBA, or NGO Management undergraduate or graduate students interested in entering the field of international development. The internship comes with a modest stipend to cover lunch and transportation. It is expected that the selected Associate will work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Responsibilities:

  • Engage with real-world approaches to complex international development issues around the world.
  • Gain practical understanding of new business processes through observation and participation in proposal development for new projects.
  • Contribute to the research and development of new, innovative service offerings.
  • Learn the basic principles of multi-donor project management through hands-on training related to Kaizen’s active USAID, Department of State, and other contracts. 
  • Apply and test strategic thinking to the development of systems and processes in a rapidly growing company.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is an entrepreneurial self-starter, and works well without excessive supervision.
  • Has previous professional (including internship and/or field) experience, ideally working in consulting, management, organizational reform, or information technology.
  • Is interested in entering the field of development assistance.
  • Has strong internet research skills.
  • Is a good communicator.
  • Is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program (required).

If you are interested in this position and have most or all of the desired qualifications, please submit a CV, a cover letter explaining key qualifications and availability, and the names and contact information for 3 references (professional and/or academic). 

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