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Internships 2017

The Mayor’s Office on African Affairs is recruiting interns for Internship 2017. OAA’s Internship program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate, graduate students, and young professionals who are seeking to engage in public service and serve the District’s diverse African communities. Each year, OAA attracts dynamic interns who represent the diversity of the African community to support the overall mission of Mayor Muriel Bowser. Through this program, interns interface with various sectors of District government, community- and faith-based organizations, businesses and other stakeholders thereby enhancing their leadership skills, and professional experiences. Beyond their individual work assignments, OAA interns share responsibility for the agency’s administrative tasks, providing staff support and participating in program implementation and activities.

The following intern positions are available:

Communications Intern - The Communications Intern will provide assistance in carrying out the agency’s internal as well as external communication plans. The Communications Intern will provide support in writing, editing, and general communications tasks. The candidate must be a highly detail oriented individual with great communication skills, and a solid understanding of social media.

Special Assistant Intern - The Special Assistant Intern will work directly with OAA’s Director to provide general administrative support. The intern will be in charge of managing and maintaining the Executive Director’s schedule, and will work to support the Director on special projects. This position requires a highly organized individual with strong problem-solving and multi-tasking skills. 

Interns are selected on a competitive basis. The following are minimum qualifications:

Superior knowledge of African immigrant issues;
A passion for public service and a commitment to serve the District’s diverse African communities;
Strong written and oral communication skills as well as excellent organizational and computer abilities;
Flexibility to work a minimum of 32 hours per week and attend occasional evening and weekend events
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision
Completion of graduate studies
Outgoing, great public speaking skills, and professional demeanor
Highly desired attributes:

Highly desired attributes:


  • Bilingual or multilingual interns strongly preferred (especially Amharic, French, and Arabic);
  • Strong community ties with groups, organizations and institutions working on Africa-related issues;
  • Good working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs, social media, and visual media.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, a short writing sample (2-3 pages maximum), and resume to [email protected] stating which position you wish to apply for in the subject line. In your cover letter, be sure to include how many hours you’re available to work and your desired start and end dates.