INTERN (unpaid) - Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) Discovery & Test

Washington D.C.
Apr 10, 2017
Apr 24, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

This vacancy has an application limit and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. Any complete application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered.

You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application, should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached. Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.

This internship is located in the U.S. Global Development Lab on the Discover and Test team within the Center for Development Innovations (CDI). This team focuses on identifying, testing and advancing innovative, evidence-based, cost-effective development
solutions. The flagship program that this Division leads, Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), is an open innovation program designed to find breakthrough innovations, minimize risk,and maximize impact through staged financing (inspired by a venture capital model), rigorous testing of impact and cost-effectiveness, and scaling of proven innovations through the public and private sectors. DIV accepts proposals year-round from innovators anywhere, in any sector, centered on evidence-based, cost-effective solutions with the ability to reach scale. Since its founding in 2010, DIV has made nearly 170 awards totaling over $90M in over 40 countries, and has been widely-recognized as a highly-innovative program within the U.S. Government and the international development community. For more information on DIV or its portfolio organizations, visit

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  • Must be enrolled in a qualifying academic program
  • US Citizenship
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • GPA - 3.0 & above graduate level; In good academic standing
  • Males born after 12/31/59, must be registered with Selective Service
  • Must be able to Pass a background check
  • The Discover and Test (D&T) team of the U.S. Global Development Lab's Center for Development Innovation at USAID seeks an intern to support priority projects related to the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) Program, which is led by the Discover and Test team. The intern(s) will support DIV in the following : Conduct retrospective impact reviews of "closed" grants, as grants close, using the methodology developed by the D&T team, to contribute to the ongoing analysis of the DIV portfolio that the D&T team conducts; Develop a methodology for and conduct an analysis on the nearly 8,000 applicants who have not won DIV grants, including organizational and innovation characteristics and application review scores and comments; Support an innovative new partnership with external organizations and USAID Missions that are using household cash-based grants to benchmark the effectiveness of USAID programming. Activities will include collating and generating content to engage a community of practice at USAID around this topic; Support development, piloting and refinement of a tool for grantees to assess the cost-effectiveness of their innovation. Activities will include refining the tool in Excel, interviewing grantees that are piloting the use of it, incorporating grantee feedback on the tool, refining user guides to use with the tool, identifying ways that data collected with this tool can inform DIV operations. (e.g., selections process, service offerings to grantees) and engaging with others in the evidence-focused innovation community on this tool, Contribute to the "thought leadership" of the D&T team, drawing on lessons learned from the DIV program since its founding in 2010. Likely focus topics include: lessons learned from "failures", cost-effectiveness and sustainability; Develop and pursue ideas for additional data analysis using data from the DIV portfolio from which we could potentially learn valuable lessons and gain important insights about what enables an evidence-backed innovation to scale.

    • Must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a qualifying educational institution.
    • Strong MS Excel and google sheets skills required
    • Strong econometrics skills; able to read, digest and analyze economic papers
    • Detail oriented with good writing and communication skills
    • Experience or interest in international development preferred
    • Experience or interest in innovation programming preferred
    • Experience working in an office environment preferred

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