Human Resources Internship

Category Internships

Location Washington, DC

Summary

The Organization

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 380 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 43 offices in 26 countries, including in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.  The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff who loves their work.  You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.

 

Summary of Position

SFCG is seeking interns on a rolling basis (with immediate openings) to learn about Human Resources in a practical environment as a supplement to their studies. Interns will be involved in supporting an active, internationally-focused, non-profit organization in many different facets of HR. Interns will be able to gain wide exposure to recruiting, employee relations, benefits administration, training and meeting coordination, audits, and other projects as they occur day to day in the department.

 

Work Environment

Search for Common Ground has a great work environment with a mission of peace-building in the world, hard-working and friendly co-workers, team-building opportunities, and involvement in staff events. Our organization is widely recognized as one of the most impactful organizations in the field of peace and conflict resolution.



Responsibilities

Intern duties are wide-ranging and may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assisting in the recruitment of employees for various positions.
  • Conducting background and reference checks, and maintaining new hiring information.
  • Developing and updating job descriptions on the intranet.
  • Updating and Managing the HR website and HR employment inbox.
  • Developing HR Training programs for staff.
  • Developing and/updating HR policies
  • Completing employment verification requests.
  • Updating and filing confidential HR files and records.
  • Miscellaneous clerical work (faxing, mailing, printing, database entry, etc.).
  • Provide front desk back-up support through greeting visitors, answering calls and receiving packages. (For this service you will be remunerated if eligible to work in the US.)

 

As internship descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.



Minimum Qualifications
  • A junior, senior, or graduate student, majoring in Human Resources, Organizational Psychology, Business, or a related field.
  • Strong, hard-working work ethic.
  • Mature, pleasant and honest manner with a high degree of professional and personal ethics and highly confidential.
  • Positive customer service attitude
  • French language skills a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills with a proactive style and the ability to meet deadlines, both as instructed and self-imposed
  • Self-starting, enthusiastic and flexible approach to the organization
  • Strong people and presentation skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to learn and implement tasks quickly
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent and professional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Computer proficiency and experience with Internet research
  • Highly developed research and problem-solving ability
  • Desire to work in a non-profit setting
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively and independently in a team environment, with the ability to respond rapidly to changes, yet remain focused on the priorities


To Apply

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to employment@sfcg.org or fax to 001 (202) 232-6718. Please clearly state the title: HR Intern in the subject line. Please note where you found this posting. No phone calls please. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. Please see our web site www.sfcg.org for more details of our work.

Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. In your cover letter, please clearly state why our program is of interest to you, what you can bring to the organization, and what experience you hope to gain from the internship. Also, include the dates of your availability and the number of hours per week to which you can commit. Candidates who can intern a minimum of 24 hours per week are preferred. While we will make this a very rewarding internship experience for you, note this is an unpaid internship.

NOTE: Local Washington, DC Metro Area (DC, MD or VA) Candidates preferred relocation costs not covered.