Internship Opportunit​ies at OneVillage Partners

OneVillage Partners is a Minneapolis-based international NGO working in economic and community development in rural Sierra Leone. We take a grassroots, village-led approach to development, with the goal of creating a holistic and replicable model to sustainably improve quality of life in southeast Sierra Leone. More information at and
HR Coordinator Intern
Position Description:
Working 10-15 hours per week, the HR Coordinator supports OneVillage Partners’ staffing and operations by managing the following duties:
• Recommends and assists in the development and implementation of institutional human resource policies, rules, procedures and programs.

• Designs training materials for new staff and helps facilitate new-hire orientation, both for staff based in the US and those in Sierra Leone.
• Publish a staff handbook and any required forms dealing with policies concerning staff.
• Defines meaningful positions, eligibility requirements, and job descriptions.
• Assists in recruiting and evaluating applicants for intern positions. Post any open positions, review resumes and set up interviews, and updating information on all recruiting websites.
• Conduct routine administrative tasks, such as maintaining vacation leave balances, performing background checks, checking references, maintaining staff bios, and assisting with exit interviews.
• Maintains personnel files and files of resumes, letters of interest and applications.
• Other duties as assigned.
• B.A. degree preferred
• Administrative and management experience preferred; specifically, effective, proven personnel management experience and systems development
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills and excellence in developing and maintaining strong relationships
• Strong computer skills, especially with Microsoft Office
• Strong ability to work independently
• Energy, enthusiasm, and innovation in problem solving
• Knowledge of practices and standards of human resource administration preferred

Competitive candidates must be able to commit to the position for at least one year.
Application Process:
Please submit cover letter and resume to
Applications will be considered as they are received, and will be accepted until the position is filled.
Development and Fundraising Intern
Position Description:
Young, exciting international nonprofit seeks energetic, entrepreneurial, and passionate candidate for an unpaid, part-time staff position as Fundraising and Development Associate in Minneapolis. This position will work remotely, reporting to and meeting regularly with OVP Director of Development. Intern will also work with Executive Director and Communications team. Seeking longer-term commitment (ideally one year+), approximately 15-20 hours per week.
Learning opportunities:
1. Valuable professional experience and opportunity for high level of ownership and responsibility with a small, innovative, international nonprofit
2. Gain skills in and insight into strategic development planning, executing fundraising strategies, researching and interfacing with donor and foundation prospects, and grant research and proposal writing.
3. Network with OVP Board and Committee Members, staff, and other volunteers/interns
1. Donor cultivation: prepare donor meetings and implement outreach strategy; capture information from the Director’s donor and prospect conversations, meetings and emails in database; research potential donors; draft and send letters of acknowledgment and other correspondences to donors
2. Database management: Maintain, update, further refine, and cull reports from donor database
3. Grant writing: research, draft, refine and send grant proposals to targeted grantmaking institutions (identified by the intern and approved by the supervisor)
4. Administration: maintain fundraising files; attend and record minutes at development committee meetings, as needed
5. Online engagement: assist with email marketing content and management; assist in website, blog, and social media management as pertains to fundraising
6. Events: plan and support special events, as needed;
Preferred Qualifications:
1. Student or professional with background in fundraising, marketing, grantwriting, PR/Communications, and/or other relevant field(s)
2. Passion for and background in African development
3. Outstanding oral and written communication skills
4. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, excellent interpersonal skills;
5. Ability to multitask and remain flexible in a changing work environment
6. Excellent attention to detail
7. Self-motivated, energetic and hardworking
Preferred Technical Capacities:
1. Donor Perfect
2. Word Press
3. GuideStar (foundation research)
4. GrantStation (prospect research)
5. Social media outlets
6. Adobe Creative Suite
7. Web development tools (HTML, Javascript, CSS, ColdFusion)
8. Microsoft Office
9. Constant Contact