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Internships & Volunteering

Internship & Volunteering Opportunities

Relief International offers exceptional opportunities for internships. As a volunteer or intern you will be able to take what you’ve learned in university and use it to make a practical contribution towards our mission.

Opportunities range from paid to unpaid head office and international internships, including positions at entry, junior, and senior levels. All internships require a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week for a minimum period of 3 months. Hands-on learning experiences are available in: program research and development, operational support, fundraising, public relations, graphics, web design, information technology, administration, accounting, human resources and logistics, and other areas.

Open Positions - Internships & Volunteering (US/UK)


All Locations
South Sudan
UK - London
USA - Los Angeles, CA
USA - Washington, DC

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Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Intern



The MEAL intern will support the global MEAL team with processing and optimizing the agency-wide global indicator system for measuring people reached across RI’s key sectors and countries of operation.

Your role will include

  • Learning and implementing RI’s monitoring system for tracking global people reached and quarterly indicator data for Q3 2021.
  • Proposing ideas for process optimization while upholding data integrity and accuracy (e.g. managing challenges relating to double counting)
  • Contributing to other MEAL-related tasks and initiatives as needed


  • Learn and review RI MEAL standard operating procedures (SOPs) for collecting and processing quarterly global indicators
  • Engage with MEAL staff in RI’s countries of operation for coordinating data collection and verification
  • Apply best practices for estimating unique people reached by RI programs in Q3 2021
  • Conduct basic data analysis and summarize trends and findings in internal documents for publication on RI Connect (intranet)
  • Contribute ideas for optimizing the existing SOPs and other processes pertaining to quarterly global indicators; draft updates to procedures as needed
  • Support MEAL Sr. Officer and MEAL Global Director with other initiatives as needed and depending on the intern’s time and interests

What you will gain from the internship

  • Exposure to monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning practices for international development and humanitarian programs
  • Engage with dynamic, international teams across Africa, Asia and the Middle East
  • Learn data management and analysis skills, including data visualization and analysis with Power BI


  • Uphold and promote RI’s commitment to ensuring the safeguarding and safety of the vulnerable communities we serve


  • Current student or recent graduate with at least two years of post-secondary education; students pursuing a master’s degree are welcome to apply.
  • Strong work ethic and time management, especially for remote work settings
  • Bring an attention to detail and desire for data accuracy
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel; previous experience using/managing databases would be an advantage.
  • Excellent relationship management and communication skills, especially cross-cultural
  • An interest in and basic familiarity with the field of development and humanitarian assistance
  • Fluency in written and spoken English


RI Mission and Vision: 

RI partners with communities in fragile settings to save lives and build resilience, dignity, and long-term well-being. RI’s vision is that all communities in fragile settings can achieve long-term well-being.


We value:

  • Integrity – We are transparent and accountable in working with participants, partners, donors, Team Members, and the communities with which we work.
  • Adaptability – We embrace agility and innovative thinking, program approaches and ways of working.
  • Collaboration – We harness complementary expertise and networks to ensure that each issue, situation, or community gets the best solutions available.
  • Inclusivity – We embrace practices and policies that provide access to employment, opportunities, and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized.
  • Sustainability – We support communities to build their own long-term resilience and well-being throughout all our work.

How to apply.

  • To apply for this post, click on the “Apply” button in the job advert page
  • You will be asked to upload a CV and Cover Letter. The cover letter should be no more than 1 pages long and explain why you are interested in this post with Relief International and how your skills and experience make you a good fit.

Closing date. Please apply immediately, as we will be reviewing applicants on a rolling basis, therefore may withdraw the position for the job board closing date.

Due to limited resources, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Note to external agencies, we will not be accepting CVs from third parties.

Relief International is committed to protecting our staff and the communities we work with from abuse and harm including sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

All staff are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Recruitment to all roles in Relief International include a criminal records self-declaration, references and other pre-employment checks, which may include police and qualifications checks.


HR Intern: Support Refugee Application Process – Afghanistan


Position Summary.
To support RI with applications for the P2 program, ensuring the applications are correctly completed and logged via the US government portal

The US government has set up a special immigration program called “US Refugee Admissions Program Priority2” which enables Afghan nationals to apply for a US visa if they have worked for an International NGO that is or was in receipt of USAID funding for their programs in Afghanistan.  Relief International is supporting current and former staff in Afghanistan to submit an application through the P2 program.  Requests for support are being directed to the RI office in Afghanistan, where the Human Resources team will receive completed referral packages.  Once checked, these applications will be forwarded to the HR team at RI’s head office in the US, where they will be checked and verified, before they are submitted to the US government for consideration.


  • Liaise with the RI HR team in Afghanistan re applications to be referred to RI head office.
  • Check the applications that are received from the Afghan office and verify them against identity documents etc; and ensure none of the required elements are missing.
  • Once checked and verified, forward the applications to the RI CEO for signature.
  • Once signed, upload the application/referral documents into the US P2 program portal.
  • Maintain a spreadsheet of all applications uploaded.
  • Deal with any follow up queries, liaising with the RI HR team in Afghanistan.

What you will learn in the internship

  • How HR work to support the international program
  • Interact with key staff in the organisation and represent the HR team
  • Develop business understanding and ways of working


  • Uphold and promote RI’s commitment to ensuring the safeguarding and safety of the vulnerable communities we serve.


  • Speaks, reads and writes fluent Dari and Pashtu
  • Understanding the political and social context in Afghanistan
  • Analytical and methodical.
  • Creative and not hesitant to suggest challenges, solutions or pose questions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Highly organized with the ability to prioritize tasks for completion in a timely manner
  • Good organizational and administrative skills
  • Bring an attention to detail and quality
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Excellent IT skills, previous use of databases would be an advantage
  • Excellent relationship management skills
  • Ability to communicate in all forms (written, verbal, negotiation, presentation skills, etc.)

Position Summary: 

The HR / OD&T Intern will support the Human Resources – Organizational Development and Training Unit by performing administration and data analysis functions for the RI Academy LCMS. This internship will provide the Intern with experience in the five aspects of training; assessment, design, development, implementation and evaluation and provide experience managing a learning-content management system. Skills to be acquired include:

  • SmartSheet and Excel analytics and data representation
  • Design and development using Articulate 360 eLearning software
  • Analysis of various tool sets and ability to discriminate between them to determine best usage
  • Evaluation techniques and best practice
  • Analysis of various learning management system platforms

In addition the HR / OD&T Intern will monitor and maintain the Internship program, recruiting, interviewing, and helping in the selection process of interns for all US Based Global Support Office Departments as needed.  Skills to be acquired include:

  • Identifying value added skills in the content of a variety of resumes
  • Communication skills
  • Recruitment, selection and processing of new personnel

Relief International is looking for an intern to start as soon as possible. Please feel free to submit your resume and contact information at any point but keep in mind that we assign internships based on availability.

Position Responsibilities and Duties:

OD&T Support

  • Monitor the Learning Management System (LMS) and provide technical support for field HR Managers for tasks such as staff registration, enrollment and account closures.
  • Ensure the LMS roster is accurate by ensuring these processes are completed within a week of hire or separation from RI and by consulting with HR Managers world-wide.
  • Produce, analyze, and present training outcomes for quarterly progress reports.
  • Design and develop e-learning projects, user guides and resources, videos, and other development projects.
  • Help with special projects as needed.

Internship Program Administration and Support

  • Support the Internship Development Program by posting positions, screening applicants, setting interviews, maintaining status trackers, ensuring performance reviews are done in a timely manner, and other related activities.
  • Follow up with individual interns and their mentors to ensure that an effective learning experience is in place and that interns are happy with their experience.
  • Administer orientation and exit interviews with interns and maintain proper e-files on Box.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate students will be considered (prefer candidates working towards a degree in Human Resource Management, Organizational Development, Adult Education or Training, Research and Analysis or an equivalent study)
  • Some proficiency in Excel, understanding of databases and capable of adapting to complex applications/computer programs.
  • Analytical and methodical. Must be an independent thinker, creative and not hesitant to suggest challenges, solutions or pose questions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and experience with superior attention to detail.
  • Highly organized with the ability to prioritize tasks for completion in a timely manner and with attention to detail.
  • Dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.
  • Locate and define new process improvement opportunities
  • 20-30 hours a week; M-F varied schedule

Salary: Unpaid, possible academic credit available.


Human Resources Intern (Benefits and Payroll)



  • Assist with leave requests, and time sheet approvals
  • Work with supervisor on the tracking of employee leave time
  • Create benefit folder for new employees
  • Assist with the enrollment and termination of insurance coverage for staff
  • Preparing electronic ID cards of medical insurance for new employees
  • File time sheet and leave request forms
  • Assist with tracking of employee leave time
  • Help the HR team with special projects as needed.
  • Posting of Job Openings



  • Candidate must be Detail Oriented
  • Must have advanced MS Excel skills
  • Requires analytical thinking skills and time management
  • Must be cooperative
  • Know how to take initiative, and think creatively
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.
  • Strong ability to multi-task
  • Must be able to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Must be dependable and carry a professional demeanor
  • 15 hours minimum; M-F varied schedule
  • Professional demeanor
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


Salary: Unpaid


The Human Resources – Surge Roster Intern


The Human Resources – Surge Roster Intern, will gain hands-on experience in human resources processes and best practices. The Surge Roster objectives are to provide professionals to work for Relief International’s four sectors of international development – economic opportunity (livelihoods), education, health and WASH along with mainstreaming of protection, and when appropriate, cash transfer programming. It is critical to the mobilization not only of Development Programs but for the immediate mobilization of Emergency Response programs as well. This position will learn about the Development Sectors, and programming approaches as well as the competencies required to qualify for the Surge Roster. The intern will screen resumes and map competencies to current programming across 18+ countries, located in Africa, Middle East and Asia.


Instructional Design Intern


The Intern will support the Human Resources – Organizational Development and Training function by designing and developing training presentations, specifically e-Learning products. Intern will be responsible for ensuring that products are loaded onto the learning and content management system and will administer and maintain the system for the duration of the internship.   This experience will build a training product portfolio, enable the application of ISD theory and methodology and provide experience with the development and implementation of a LCMS. 

Relief International is looking for an intern to start as soon as possible. Please feel free to submit your resume and contact information at any point but keep in mind that we assign internships based on availability.

Position Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Use instructional design and development methodologies to create e-learning products.
  • Use authorware to produce interactive, motivational and engaging training products.
  • Support the implementation and administration of the LCMS.
  • Help with special projects as needed.

Qualifications & requirements:

  • An understanding of asynchronous delivery for global workforce
  • Familiarization with development authorware required (experience with Articulate, Captivate, Blackboard, Cornerstone on Demand preferred).
  • Familiarization with learning and content management systems.
  • Dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently, as well as part of a Team
  • 15 hours minimum; M-F varied schedule
  • Professional demeanor
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Second language desired

Salary: Unpaid


Legal Intern


Legal interns are crucial contributors to Relief International. This office is responsible for providing high quality, cost-efficient, legal and related services to our projects throughout the world.

The General Counsel (GC) offers challenging and diverse work assignments for legal interns. The GC handles a wide variety of legal issues including commercial co-ventures, nonprofit tax, contracts, employment and labor, corporate law, sanctions and overall risk management.

Position Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Conduct legal research and prepare legal memoranda, contracts, and other legal documents
  • Participate in meetings with international staff, legislative and regulatory meetings and other projects
  • Attend legal training offered through local opportunitie

IT Intern


Position responsibilities and duties include providing day-to-day technical support and guidance to local users, creating and maintaining email user accounts and groups, creating and maintaining user accounts and group policies in Active Directory, configuring and setting up workstations and laptops, as well as helping the IT manager and officer to research for new IT projects.

Bangladesh. Rachel Elkind/RI

Internships & Volunteering (International)

To apply for our international internships and volunteer positions, please fill out a general application form.