Local recruitment: Policy & Advocacy Internship


New York, NY, USA 🇺🇸

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

The fact that 1 in 10 people in the world today doesn’t have clean water is unacceptable, and we need your help to change that.

WaterAid started in 1981 because no non-profit like it existed.  As the #1 international nonprofit exclusively focused on bringing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education (WASH) to the children and families who need it most. Our global WASH programs, led and maintained by the communities where we work, aren’t a quick fix. We strive for long-term access to WASH that truly transforms people’s lives.

WaterAid is seeking an Intern to join WaterAid America’s (WAA) Policy & Advocacy team, which works to influence U.S. policy and practice to ensure that water, hygiene, and sanitation’s vital role in reducing poverty is recognized.  The Intern will help advance WaterAid’s policy and advocacy objectives by working on existing grants and new funding opportunities, contributing research and administrative support, as needed.  Reporting to the Policy & Advocacy Business Specialist, the Policy & Advocacy Intern directly contributes to WaterAid’s mission by assisting with:

  • Researching prospects/opportunities for policy and advocacy grant funding; 
  • Documenting case studies from WAA grants and country programs to use for US policy and advocacy and learning and knowledge sharing; 
  • Supporting grant planning, monitoring and reporting by attending meetings, monitoring general communications through Yammer and emails, and taking and compiling notes; 
  • Supporting policy and advocacy event coordination and planning, including logistics, research around key moments including the UN Water Conference; 
  • Assisting in grant reporting, including inputs into trackers and drafting and line editing reports; 
  • Assisting with developing advocacy and policy materials, including but not limited to communications deliverables for advocacy and donor outreach; 

What you can expect from your time with us

  • An understanding of U.S. policy and advocacy landscape with relation to international development. 
  • Hands-on experience applying fundraising principles at one of the world’s top international non-profits
  • Foundational understanding of U.S. foreign assistance and how U.S. Congress and federal agencies work and advance U.S. policy.
  • A strong understanding of global development and water, sanitation, and hygiene issues
  • Mentorship to develop professionally from welcoming and accomplished colleagues

What we expect from you

  • At least 15 hrs/week for at least 12 weeks beginning January 23, 2023 (days/ hours flexible)
  • Professional and personable demeanor
  • Ability to model and champion WaterAid’s values; exercise discretion, sound judgement and maintain confidentiality; and ensure the safeguarding of organizational assets.
  • Excellent research, written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to complete tasks independently (remotely) and work well on a team
  • Are a strategic, creative, and analytical thinker and doer
  • Have a sharp attention for detail and superb organizational skills
  • Genuine interest in the non-profit sector, relationship building, and international development
  • A willingness to take initiative, an aptitude for learning, and a desire to grow

Equal Opportunity Employer

We celebrate, support, and thrive on diversity and difference for the benefit of our employees, our mission, and the communities we serve.  WaterAid is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.  We value diverse experiences and will also consider qualified applications from those who have had prior contact with the criminal legal system in accordance with the NYC Commission on Human Rights’ Guidance on the Fair Chance Act 

WaterAid is committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of all individuals, including the people in communities in which we work, staff, volunteers, contractors, and partners. Any form of abuse is not tolerated.  


Please submit your resume and a cover letter that links your studies or experience to this Internship opportunity, and articulates what you hope to learn or achieve through the Internship.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.   Candidates shortlisted for interviewing will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date for applications.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the US.




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