Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
As an organization that celebrates and promotes diversity and inclusion, and which is committed to the ongoing work of racial equity and anti-racism, we welcome applicants of all backgrounds.
Young people in developing countries and fragile states need leadership and life skills, employability, entrepreneurship, and other critical skills and support to secure livelihoods and become active citizens and change agents in their communities. Too many young people have experienced war, violence and trauma and face poverty, food insecurity and marginalization, in addition to stigma and discrimination. These factors are compounded by the absence of productive connections to social mobility networks and institutions. Sadly, the numbers of Opportunity Youth (OY) - marginalized young women and men - have significantly increased with the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the Agency Strategy Vision 2030, CRS aims to scale youth livelihoods and leadership. Our vision is to transform employment and entrepreneurship systems to be more responsive to the needs of young people, thereby resulting in sustained impact on the lives and livelihoods of 5 million opportunity youth. CRS strives to reach OY on a large scale by permanently changing the systems that serve them. CRS will accomplish this through a two-pronged strategy of building a strong foundation by strengthening youth approaches and models for impactful programming and applying systems thinking for scale and influence.
This internship seeks a current graduate student interested in obtaining work experience that aligns with his/her studies in International Development, Management or Policy and/or to fulfill requirements for an academic course or degree.
Contribute to capacity strengthening of CRS staff and partners globally through training and cross-learning exchanges and contribute to the development and dissemination of tools and evidence to enhance youth programming.
Learning Components include:
- Deepened understanding of youth programming and best practices
- Deepened understanding of the youth development ecosystem
- Improved research and learning related to evidence-based youth programming
The intern will perform key tasks in the following areas:
Training and Events Support: The Youth team is currently rolling out Positive Youth Development training for staff and partners globally and will host another Training of Trainers to certify future facilitators. The intern will provide technical and logistics support with registration, behind-the-scenes technical assistance during training sessions, communications with participants regarding asynchronous learning, and distribution and analysis of daily and final evaluations. The intern will also assist with logistics around translations into other languages and posting to CRS Learns for badges and certification. The intern will also assist with other trainings and events, as needed.
Tools and Resources: The intern will support the development, review and dissemination of tools and resources to assist country programs to deliver quality youth programming. This includes supporting the consultants leading the development of tools such as frameworks, toolkits and competency models focusing on life skills, entrepreneurship and youth workforce development. This also includes liaising with country program staff and participants, managing Microsoft Teams channels that will house these documents, and disseminating final products.
Research and Learning: The intern will assist the Youth team to advance SCP6 intersectionality and integration across program sectors. Tasks may include documenting projects with strong youth engagement across sectors, supporting the SCP6 Learning Agenda and potentially other research or evaluations with SCP1: Just and Peaceful Societies and the Microfinance team. Thus, the intern will work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Senior Technical Advisor and support research to build our evidence base. Activities may include literature reviews, refining research questions and methodology and engaging in interviews and/or analysis. The intern may also contribute to efforts to strengthen youth programming and strategy such as support the development of guides and tools, or the tracking of results related to the youth platform’s two global indicators on skills development and employment.
Communications: The intern will assist the Technical Advisor to roll out the Youth Communications Strategy, with support from the CRS Marketing and Communications Team. The intern will also support aspects of the Communications Strategy, including internal and external communication channels such as Sharepoint, crs.org, Teams, Yammer, and CRS Social Media.
Other: Assist with the Youth Community of Practice and Technical Working Group bi-monthly calls, support the planning of the CRS Equality, Integration and Peacebuilding (EQUIP) retreat and events such as International Youth Day, and participate in team and department calls.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Youth Technical Director, Senior/Regional Technical Advisors, Technical Advisors, EQUIP team members, Communications and Marketing Staff, IDEA staff, Youth Community of Practice and Technical Working Group members including Youth Focal Points.
External: University, faith-based partners, and consultants.
Agency Behavioral Competencies:
These are rooted in the mission, values and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
- Accountability and Stewardship
- Relationship Building
- Develops Talent
- Continuous Improvement/ Innovation
- Strategic Mindset
- Master’s degree (candidate) in International Development, Management or Policy Studies.
- Good knowledge of concepts, approaches, and best practices in the field of international development. Youth development and youth programming knowledge desired.
- Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and web-based communications platforms (Zoom, Teams, Webex).
- Strong English writing, reading and communication skills. Experience facilitating training a plus.
- Strong research and analytical skills.
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to juggle multiple tasks.
- Ability to work independently when provided with clear directions and with a team.
- Ability to coordinate and collaborate with stakeholders across CRS (at headquarters, regional and country program levels).
- Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented.
- Project management experience and/or one year working overseas desired.
- Spanish or French language skills desired.
The intern shall work outside the CRS office, working remotely from his/her home or school campus. No travel is planned, whether overseas or domestic. Meetings and discussions with CRS staff can be conducted telephonically or using web-based telecommunication software.