Landesa Internship and Fellowship Program

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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  • United States of America
  • Worldwide
Seattle, WA/ Wshington D.C.


The Landesa Internship and Fellowship Program is part of Landesa’s efforts to increase the build the network and broaden the base of students and professionals who possess the interest, knowledge, and skills to effectively strengthen land rights for women and men. Landesa’s Internship and Fellowship Program provides first-hand experience with various elements of our work. Landesa hosts a full-time 10-week summer internship in its Seattle office. The open application period for the summer internship program is October through February.


Landesa accepts applications for part-time fall, winter, and spring internships. If you are a student interested in applying for an internship, send a cover letter, CV or resume (including GPA or class ranking), and writing sample to indicating your preference for summer or academic semester. Internships are only available to currently enrolled students — Preference is given to students receiving academic credit or grant stipends.

The following are open part-time winter/spring internships (10 hours/week) for the duration of 10 weeks. If you are interested in one or more of the following, please mention your preference for internship position in your cover letter:


Business Development Intern – Seattle Office


  • Develop a brief to share with prospective clients that concisely describes Landesa’s service offerings and qualifications. Intern activities to support this include: Develop a concise statement of Landesa’s corporate engagement service offerings based on existing materials; Review and revise as needed Landesa’s existing past project descriptions of services provided to corporate clients; Design a short brief that highlights the above elements in a visually dynamic and clearly organized format.
  • Develop a database of past performance records into the unique templates required by donors like USAID, World Bank, and European Commission. Intern activities to support this include: Review existing past project statements describing Landesa’s projects, and work with the business development team to prioritize projects to transfer into standard donor templates; Compile information on Landesa’s past projects to generate draft past performance records in desired donor templates; while existing project descriptions exist, templates often require additional information that will require research into project proposals, financials, donor reports, and funding agreements; Write draft past performance records tailored to specific donor templates, strategically highlighting or “pitching” key features of projects to align with key thematic areas.

Research Intern – Seattle Office


  • Update, revise, and improve existing training presentation modules.  This would involve some desk research to identify newer published material on the topic for me to review as well as the creative work of creating more compelling PPTs and/or explore other presentation tools (Prezi, Powtoon, HaikuDeck, Google Slides, etc.) or other presentations to use during trainings.  Incorporate more and better graphics, photos, videos, etc. into the presentation materials.
  • Create training presentation modules on new topics including:

o   Land takings

o   Overview of the global land rights problem and Landesa’s approach to addressing the problem

o   Chapter 1 of OBR

o   Last chapter of OBR

o   Impacts of providing secure land rights (at both individual/family level and societal level)

o   Types of ownership: Do they matter?

o   Allocating new land to the landless vs Formalizing rights for informal occupants

o   Thinking in continuums rather than binaries

Public Sector Donor Intern – Washington DC Office


  • Create three donor specific program documents and one presentation to staff. Intern activities to support this includes: Conduct donor specific research; Conduct research on specific donors within the public sector funding sector, research programs, funding models, and requirements; Draft briefing papers on the types of donors applicable to Landesa and the types of programs areas they fund; Present at least one brown bag presentation, or other type of appropriate presentation format, on a donor and its program and how to access funding.
  • Complete Landesa’s registration in at least two multi-lateral and bi-lateral organizational donor registration systems. Intern activities to support this include: Exploring requirement needed; Working with the public sector team, lead in the registration of Landesa in the PADOR system; Explore the requirements to become accredited under the Green Climate Fund’s accreditation process; Conduct case study analysis of organizations like Landesa who have already gained accreditation; Lead in building the strategy within Landesa to gain accreditation; Research additional required registrations; Under the support of the public sector team, work to identify which other registrations would be beneficial for Landesa to undertake.


Additionally, Landesa considers externally funded fellowship opportunities on a case-by-case basis. Qualifications include a relevant post-graduate degree such as law or public policy, excellent research and writing skills, and a demonstrated interest in improving rights of women and the rural poor. Candidates must identify externally funded opportunities before submitting a fellowship application. Fellowship applications can be submitted to and should include a cover letter, CV or resume (including GPA or class ranking), and writing sample.

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Business Development Intern – Seattle Office 

Qualifications: International Development focus in studies – any sector; Can work independently on research/online tasks; At least 6 mo international experience is a plus – possibly Returned Peace Corps volunteer or study abroad experience; Experience working with international development donors, or an interest in gaining hands on experience with donors and their programs is a plus.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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