Pathways into Development Graduate Internship Programme
The Pathways into Development Graduate Internship Programme is a year-long, directed at Black graduates who are seeking to enter the International Development Sector. This training opportunity will provide professional development, mentoring and coaching which will enable the successful candidate to establish a solid foundation by gaining the relevant knowledge and experience to move on to a career in this sector.
Development Pathways does not believe in ‘unpaid’ internships, since they can significantly disadvantage people who do not have access to personal wealth. Therefore, we will provide the successful intern with an internship allowance of £23,000 for the year that they are with us.
This internship will be based in the UK office (Sidcup, Greater London). However, as per COVID-19 Government advice, staff are working remotely until further notice.
This is a 12-month training programme.
Development Pathways Ltd. have teamed up with Diasporic Development (a UK-based, Black professional network of International Development practitioners) to launch this brand-new graduate internship programme, as a way of beginning to address the lack of diversity within the International Development sector.
As a global International Development organisation, Development Pathways recognises that there is a lack of diversity, specifically in regard to Black professionals, working in our industry. We believe that, in order to address this, we need a diverse pipeline.
The purpose of this graduate internship programme is to work towards having Black practitioners fully represented at all levels in our sector. It is to provide recent graduates who are seeking to establish a career in International Development with the much-needed support, professional development opportunities, teaching and mentoring through a network of experienced contacts.
This programme will provide varied learning opportunities including both formal professional development experiences as well as informal but valuable work experience and shadowing.
Throughout the year, you will work alongside and learn from a team of international development practitioners with extensive experience in social protection, social development, gender and social inclusion, livelihoods, economics, and quantitative and qualitative research in an organisation that works across Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
You will learn from practical experience through engagement in both technical and operational roles within the company. Some specific areas for skill development include:
● Policy analysis
● Political economy analysis
● Report writing
● Statistical data analysis
● Project initiation, implementation and closure
● Client and consultant management
● Budget management
● Project logistics management
● Digital communications (Twitter, LinkedIn etc.)
● Graphic design for digital platforms
● Proposal writing
You will have the opportunity to attend both internal and external training courses, workshops, and technical learnings sessions on a range of topics, from “How to write an effective news article” to “The role of shock-responsive social protection amid the COVID-19 crisis”.
COVID-19 permitting, you may also have the chance to work with our Management Information Systems (MIS) team at the Development Pathways Kenya office (Nairobi).
The successful candidate will rotate between the following teams for the first three months of the internship to get a ‘taster’ of what each does:
● Social Policy
● Programme Management
● Social and Economic Analysis
● Business Development
During this time, you will support each of the teams by engaging in various tasks that will broaden your understanding of our position within the international development sector: from learning to draft policy briefs that provide analytical support, partnerships scoping, reviewing client contracts or writing news articles.
The individual will then choose a preferred area/team to work with for the remainder of the programme, where they will be given longer-term and more challenging work under guidance, allowing for both personal and professional growth.
You will report to a designated senior member of your chosen team.
● Black professional – must have graduated from university (undergraduate or Master’s) within 3 years of applying;
● A university degree in a relevant area such as: International Development, International Relations, Economics, Social Policy, Anthropology etc.;
● Less than one year of relevant professional experience;
● A demonstrable interest in International Development;
● Professional fluency in written and spoken English, and good written and verbal communication skills;
● Analytical skills;
● Excellent attention to detail;
● Excellent organisational skills with the capacity to work both within a team and independently;
● Outstanding time management skills, with the ability to work under pressure;
● Be proactive, with a positive can-do attitude.
Please note that this position is only open to those who have the right to reside and undertake an internship in the UK. Development Pathways will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
The successful candidate would receive the following:
● Company laptop to use during the internship
● Free tickets to Diasporic Development events
● Mentorship and networking with the Diasporic Development community
How to Apply:
We invite interested candidates, who meet the requirements, to email their applications.
Applications should include:
- A Curriculum Vitae (CV) specifying your qualifications and relevant work experience;
- A cover letter explaining why you are applying for this programme, and how your recent relevant experience and skills meet the requirements. We encourage applicants to express a particular area/team of interest (teams as referred to under ‘Programme Structure’).
- Closing date for applications for this internship will be 7th December 2020.
Due to the high number of applications expected, unfortunately only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.