Washington, DC

Below you'll find the Washington, DC opportunities for Summer 2020.  If you have any questions about our listings, please contact us at publicservice@fas.harvard.edu!

2020 Washington DC Listings

Coaches Across Continents - Summer Fellow

Coaches Across Continents is a global leader in Education Outside the Classroom. Community based organizations from 95 countries have requested partnerships with Coaches Across Continents, enabling them to utilize our year-round strategic resources to Design, Develop, and Implement sustainable sport for Social Impact programs and focus on local issues such as: female empowerment, including gender equity; conflict prevention, including social inclusion; health and wellness, including HIV/AIDS behavior change; child rights; vital life skills; and fun. Our key to success is a unique Self-Directed Learning model that educates people to identify, address, and solve problems specific to their communities. We mentor organizations and empower communities to question harmful traditional, cultural, and religious practices; responsibly choose their own futures; and create sustainable change.

This exciting fellowship with the global leaders in Education Outside the Classroom provides candidates with the opportunity to take an active role in a growing field which creates social change in 45 countries. Coaches Across Continents have won 21 awards, is the official social responsibility partner of the Asian Football Confederation, and impacts 14 million youth through a partnership with Nike.

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Government Accountability Project - Summer Fellow

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) was created in 1977 at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in response to several whistleblowers, such as Daniel Ellsberg, who came to IPS about White House, FBI and Pentagon scandals. Since that time, GAP has served as a lifeline to employees of conscience and has helped them release critical information that serves the public interest and the common good. Our mission is to ensure government and corporate accountability by advancing occupational free speech, defending whistleblowers and presenting their verified concerns to appropriate officials, groups, or journalists. GAP has become not only the most prominent whistleblower support organization, but also an important government and corporate accountability organization both domestically and internationally. Our change-oriented methodology includes representing whistleblowers, creating an advocacy agenda surrounding their substantiated concerns, and developing, then implementing, broad whistleblower protection policy reforms with extraordinary reach, throughout the nation and around the world. Over the span of almost 40 years we have advised well over 7,000 whistleblowers -- over one thousand of whom blew the whistle on issues of critical significance to the environment and food safety issues. Working with the media, public interest allies, and public officials, GAP and our clients have achieved numerous highly public results.

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Habitat for Humanity - Summer Fellow

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in nearly 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. Habitat for Humanity operates with a network of over 1,400 US affiliates and 70 countries globally.

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Lawyers Without Borders - Summer Fellow

LWOB is an international NGO. LWOB's objective is to protect the integrity of legal process globally and, through pro bono service of lawyers from around the world, improve access to justice, particularly among the underserved. LWOB programs are conducted with substantial participation of a corps of international pro bono lawyers and judges with diverse skill sets applied to community outreach and justice sector training. Subjects of LWOB programming have included free and fair elections, corruption, human trafficking, conflict resolution, wildlife crime, inheritance and succession rights, and gender based violence. The current foci of LWOB programs include child labor, human rights, wildlife crime, and human trafficking.

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LIFT - Summer Fellow

LIFT's mission is to empower families to break the cycle of poverty. Our vision is to provide all children with opportunities to thrive.

LIFT is dedicated to working with – not just for – low-income families to design, implement and evaluate scalable solutions to intergenerational poverty. Our work is driven by our core theory of change: to achieve lasting impact, we believe we must strengthen our members’ personal, social, and financial foundations of well-being.

*Personal Foundations: LIFT works to strengthen parents’ health (both physical and mental), resilience, confidence and self-efficacy. By empowering parents to develop these traits during their children’s earliest years, LIFT supports the development of high-quality relationships between parents and children, thus mitigating the negative impact of toxic stress, a major risk factor for lifelong health and social problems.

*Social Foundations: LIFT works to bolster the healthy relationships formed among people and between people and institutions. In so doing, we promote trust and belonging in our communities, creating a buffer of support around families.

*Financial Foundations: LIFT empowers parents to meet their families’ basic needs, obtain higher education, secure family-sustaining employment and develop critical capabilities that promote long-term economic security. As parents lead their families to more stable ground, they combat the negative impacts of chronic scarcity and have the bandwidth to focus on important but non-urgent activities – like reading to and playing with their children – that contribute significantly to their children’s development.

Today, LIFT’s work is focused on parents and caregivers of young children because we know the early years are the most critical in determining lifelong health, happiness and success. We are located in four major, metropolitan areas (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC) and seek an intern at our national headquarters to help bring our program to the next level.

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Save the Children

Save the Children’s global health programs​ are dedicated to ensuring that the world’s most vulnerable mothers and children have a healthy start, with access to and use of high impact, evidence-based services and adopting healthy behavior—now, in times of crisis and in the future. In collaboration with host countries and leading global development organizations, the Department of Global Health (DGH) addresses the unique and complex causes of maternal, newborn and childhood illness, death and malnutrition, to ensure that children in resource poor and emergency situations not only survive—but thrive. Informed by our global presence, DGH develops pioneering, comprehensive strategies to strengthen systems and programs that deliver effective, lifesaving interventions with lasting local and global impact, to transform children’s lives to become productive, engaged citizens.

Within the Department of Global Health (DGH), we have developed a global community of practice around the concept of Resilient Systems for Health (ReSyst), which works in a cross-cutting manner with ‘technical’ teams (newborn, nutrition, HIV, etc.). ReSyst has leaders in Washington DC, London, and in countries.

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI). The primary affiliation is with HGHI, so HGHI will be the point of contact during the application and internship onboarding process. The intern selected for this internship will have the obligations and benefits of an intern in both programs. For more information, please visit https://ghhp.fas.harvard.edu/23-save-children-washington-dc, and questions can be directed to emily_maguire@harvard.edu.



Special Olympics DC - Summer Fellow

Special Olympics District of Columbia is the sole provider of year-round sports, health, and inclusion programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and closely related developmental disabilities. These programs are essential in helping participants lead healthier lives and develop valuable skills that help them succeed in school and become self-advocates. All services are provided for free to nearly 2,000 athletes: 12 sports, 3 major competitions, and health and inclusion programs. The Healthy Athletes program provides free medical, dental, and vision screenings to athletes without sufficient healthcare. Our Unified Champion Schools program seeks to create inclusive sports, clubs and activities in DC Public Schools to reduce bullying and improve the school climate for all students.

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The Good Food Institute - Summer Fellow

The Good Food Institute (GFI) is at the forefront of the movement to use food technology and markets to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, from climate change and global hunger to antibiotic resistance and the exploitation of billions of animals annually.We work with scientists, investors, and entrepreneurs to make groundbreaking good food a reality. We focus on clean meat and plant-based alternatives to animal products—foods that are more delicious, safer to eat, and better for the planet than their outdated counterparts.

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