SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2019 INTERN
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a U.S. government agency that provides assistance to support economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries demonstrating a commitment to just and democratic governance, economic freedom, and investments in people. The $550 million MCC Compact in Senegal is a single-sector program designed secure quality electricity supply for the growing demand in Senegal. Three Compact projects seek to improve the quantity and quality of electricity for grid-connected customers; provide electricity to potential customers in rural area and strengthen the enabling environment for sustainable power sector performance. The five-year Compact with the Government of Senegal is expected to be signed in December 2018 and will be in the project set-up phase throughout 2019. For more information on the Compact, please visit the MCC website at www.mcc.gov.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
This summer intern position is located in the office of the Resident Country Mission (RCM) of the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Dakar, Senegal. The summer intern will assist the RCM in supporting the Government of Senegal in their establishment, on-boarding and standing up of the implementing entity, Millennium Challenge Account-Senegal (MCA-Senegal), expected to be staffed from January to April of 2020 and moved to permanent offices in May 2020.
The intern will support the RCM and MCA in establishing a communications strategy, specifically related to social media, entry-into-force events and US Embassy July 4th event, and in setting up the project management and project communications procedures and protocols with the newly established MCA. As a member of the RCM the intern will report to the Resident Country Director or the Deputy. The focus of the internship program will be to support the compact project management and start-up preparations, with particular focus on MCC communications, project management and special projects as they arise. The intern will prepare a final presentation for MCA and MCC on the internship experience, recommendations, and next steps. The analysis and reflection can focus on areas such as procurement management, project management and sustainability, communications and relationships with stakeholders, etc. The intern will need to leverage both their personal and professional skills in the Senegal environment throughout the 10-week internship. As a part of the official USG team in Dakar, the intern will be expected to follow guidance from the Ambassador and American Embassy/Dakar, especially for security, applicable to all USG personnel serving at post. The intern will provide weekly briefings to the RCM on internship progress and challenges and will participate in a variety of official Mission events.
The internship should be a minimum of ten weeks between June and August of 20202 (exact dates to be agreed upon by intern and RCM). The intern is expected to be in Dakar for the duration of the internship. Please note that this is an unpaid position; however, there may be an opportunity for Embassy-provided housing at no cost. Any costs incurred for official project travel in country will be covered by MCC.
You must be a U.S. citizen in order to apply. Upon selection, you will be required to submit to a security background investigation. Please submit a resume and cover letter stipulating your experience, area of study, and general interest information about the country for which you are applying to Dan Callahan at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Senegal Compact please visit the MCC website (www.mcc.gov). Deadline for submission is Friday, October 11, 2019.