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Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Intern (Summer Session)-Washington DC.

Organization: United Nations Foundation

Position Title: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Intern (Summer Session)

Location: Washington DC.

Hours and Compensation: Unpaid

Application Deadline: March 20, 2014



The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership that seeks to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance utilizes a market-based approach and seeks to mobilize high-level national and donor commitments toward the goal of universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels. Its ambitious but achievable goal is to foster the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels in 100 million households by 2020.

The Alliance is at a critical juncture in our efforts as we transition from Phase 1 of our strategy where we have launched our global efforts and operations in-country to phase 2 where we intend to scale-up our engagement towards meeting our 100 by 20 goals. The intern will learn from and contribute to this transition, while also contributing to the Alliance.


  • Support general Alliance activities, including the planning of our major events, assisting with the implementation of communication strategies, supporting partnership relations, writing and pulling together background information.
  • Support the Alliance’s transition to Phase 2. Specifically, the intern will assist with benchmarking of similar initiatives for applicable lessons learned and play a critical support role in development of case studies, presentations and market sizing for Phase 2.
  • Participate in team meetings and learn about the general governance and function of the Global Alliance.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidate must be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or must be a recent graduate (within 8 months of graduation) of a college or university with a demonstrated interest in the UN and international development.
  • Candidates should be graduate students or high-achieving undergraduate students (or recent graduates of the same standards).
  • Candidates in the midst of an MBA program and experience with social enterprise encouraged to apply.
  • Candidate should demonstrate an interest in public-private partnerships and taking a market-based approach to achieving development objectives.
  • Candidate must have strong research, analysis and presentation skills.
  • Candidate must have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Candidate should have the ability to take initiative and be a self-starter.
  • Candidates should be able to carry out this full-time internship. Candidates that cannot commit to 40 hours a week may be considered.

Benefits & Compensation

The United Nations Foundation offers unpaid semester-long full and part-time internships during the following:

  • *Fall: September-December
  • *Spring: January-April
  • *Summer: May-August
  • Please note that actual internship dates may vary slightly.
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