International Development Internship - Spring 2023 Associates

United States
Student (College)

Job Summary

The Kaizen Company (Kaizen) is an international development consulting firm and an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. As a USAID implementing partner, we aspire to transform the nature and impact of international development and work to strengthen organizations and institutions through innovative approaches to organizational development, reform, and change. Kaizen is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate students to join our dynamic team as Associates (interns) for Spring 2023. Associates are given the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to all aspects of Kaizen’s work and seamlessly integrate in our collegial culture. Kaizen Associates are important members of our teams with room to grow in an initiative-driven workspace.  


This internship is best suited for undergraduate or graduate students interested in entering the field of international development. The internship comes with a modest stipend. It is expected that the selected Associate will work a minimum of 20 hours per week, beginning on or about January 9th through on or about May 12th. Associates will have the opportunity to work remotely, from any virtual location with reliable internet.  


Internship opportunities are available in the following areas:  

  • Project Management   
  • Human Resources  


Associate Program Requirements:  

  • Enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program for Spring 2023  
  • Authorized to work in the U.S. 
  • Able to work Eastern Time (EST)  

The ideal Associate Program Candidate: 

  • Is interested in entering the field of international development. 
  • Has strong attention to detail. 
  • Can prioritize and manage competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Has strong research skills. 
  • Has previous professional experience, ideally working in consulting, management, organizational reform, research, or international development. 



Kaizen is hiring highly motivated early career professionals who are looking to create social impact in a fast-paced and rewarding work environment.


Specific Responsibilities and Duties are detailed below:  


Project Management  

  • Engage with approaches to complex international development issues. 
  • Provide administrative, financial, and logistical support to Kaizen’s USAID-funded programs. 
  • Contribute to the research and development of new and innovative service offerings. 
  • Learn the basic principles of donor project management through on-the-job and formal training related to Kaizen’s contracts funded by USAID  
  • Apply and test strategic thinking to the development of systems and processes in a rapidly growing company. 
  • Support corporate strategic objectives and participate in thematic working groups. 
  • Support monthly invoicing and documentation, adhering to FAR, AIDAR, and company standards. 
  • Review and copyedit project deliverables to ensure suitability for submission to the client. 
  • Support recruitment efforts, including short listing, screening, and evaluating candidates for hire. 
  • Participate, and sometimes lead, meetings with project teams. 
  • Support and ensure compliance of procurement, including drafting Requests for Proposal, consultant agreements, and other contracts. 

Human Resources 

  • Gain practical understanding of human resources processes through participation in many aspects of Kaizens corporate strategy including staff care, gender and inclusion, and information technology development.  
  • Assist with process improvement initiatives. 
  • Update new hire documents and materials as needed. 
  • Support Human Resources and Gender and Inclusion team in developing and implementing projects and events for the wider Kaizen team.  
  • Contribute to the research and development of best HR practices and industry issues.  
  • Support corporate strategic objectives and participate in thematic working groups. 
  • Provide administrative support for Kaizen’s HR Coordinator. 

For candidates applying for positions based in Kaizen's office in Washington, DC, we utilize to mitigate bias in the recruitment process. Upon submitting an application, candidates will receive an email from, prompting them to go through the anonymous screening. In order to be considered for a role, candidates must respond to and proceed with the application. We do not currently use for project positions outside of the United States.

At Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. Kaizen is an equal opportunity employer.


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