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The Embassy employees local staff and support staff. The Embassy is not seeking to fill any positions at this time.

For open positions in the Afghan civil service (open to Afghan nationals residing in-country or abroad), please see the Afghan Civil Service Commission.

INTERNSHIPS

NOTE: We are no longer accepting internship applications for Summer 2009.

The Embassy of Afghanistan is looking for qualified candidates to fill key unpaid internship positions for the fall, spring and summer semesters.  We try to match applicants to their particular area of interest. Currently, the Embassy offers the following positions: Commercial and Trade (Communications and Economic Affairs), Information Technology, Legislative Affairs, Media Relations, Political Affairs and Social Institutions.  Internship positions are certain to be a worthwhile learning experience that will allow the selected candidate to see, first-hand, the role of the U.S. government in the ongoing reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and the region.

All internships will have an administrative component. While efforts will be made to ensure that the intern has a fulfilling, challenging experience, there will be routine filing, data entry and photocopying as necessary.  Further responsibilities will be tailored to the individual interests of the intern and may encompass other departments in the Embassy.

The Embassy of Afghanistan has a newly developed internship program with up to 10 part-time participants during the fall and spring semesters and up to 10 full-time interns during the summer. All internship positions are unpaid. Depending on the university, an opportunity to earn college credit may be available.

Please print page 1 and page 2 of the internship application. Carefully fill in the information and email it to the Embassy of Afghanistan, along with the requested materials that are mentioned directly on the application, such as your essays, school transcripts resume and letter of recommendation.

We advise that you email your application (rather than faxing) to the Embassy, and should you have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Riga Sadeq at sadeq@embassyofafghanistan.org or call 202-292-4299.

Internship Application Forms: Internship Application

COMMUNICATIONS – Commercial & Trade Department

The Communications Intern position is an integral part of the Economic, Trade & Investment Department’s communications strategy focusing on publicity in US media, Afghan Diaspora media, and the general public including Afghan-American communities. S/he is responsible for the department’s publicity & media affairs.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintaining relationships with media outlets and publications that may cover economic, trade or investment issues related to Afghanistan in coordination with Media and Public Relations Department
  • Overseeing organization of monthly ‘Afghanistan Business Dialogue’ Events in collaboration with the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Compiling and updating trade, investment promotion, and travel and tourism marketing materials such as Business and Investment Resource Packets, Resource Lists and brochures
  • Uploading new information as approved by Commercial Attaché and improving content of Afghanistan Business Gateways
  • Writing and editing articles on business, trade and investment issues for Embassy newsletter in collaboration with Department staff and Media and Public Affairs Department
  • Maintaining content for Embassy website pertaining to Departmental duties in coordination with Media and Public Affairs Department
  • Disseminating news for Embassy staff and relevant public distribution lists on latest business and investment news concerning Afghanistan
  • Helping to coordinate investor conferences, trade shows, and foreign visits being organized by the Department
  • Maintaining Departmental Calendar of Events
  • Scheduling meetings and appointments for Department staff
  • Seeking speaking opportunities for Department staff
  • Researching background information on companies/organizations/individuals meeting with Department staff and providing summary at least one day prior to meeting date
  • Assisting in the completion of Meeting Summaries, memoranda, thank-you letters, Briefing Reports, Trip Reports, and other documents requested by Commercial Attaché
  • Completing other tasks assigned by the Commercial Attaché and working towards the successful operation of the Department’s functions

Knowledge and Skills

  • B.A. in Communications, Media, Journalism or a related field; M.A. preferred
  • Superior spoken and written communications skills in English; spoken Dari and/or Pashto preferred
  • Knowledge of Afghanistan, economic development issues and international affairs
  • Relevant work experience in media (print or broadcast) or public relations
  • Excellent computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Internet, and web development

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS – Commercial & Trade Department

The Economic Affairs Intern is responsible for monitoring, compiling and analyzing information pertaining to trade and economic development in Afghanistan.  The specific duties of the Economic Affairs Intern include the following:

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collecting economic data and reports by the Afghan government, donors, institutions such as The World Bank, IMF, UNIDO, UNCTAD and others
  • Monitoring monthly and annual reports from government agencies, multilateral institutions, international organizations, nonprofit organizations and any other data source which may convey pertinent information
  • Producing written analysis of relevant reports to share with Embassy staff;
  • Maintaining contact with agencies and organizations that work on economic issues, including agencies of the Afghan and U.S. governments, multilateral institutions, think-tanks, foundations and nonprofit organizations
  • Researching feasibility and market assessment studies by relevant government agencies, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations and others and preparing useful summaries for Embassy staff
  • Producing market & sector analysis reports for investment promotion purposes or for Congressional appropriations advocacy
  • Producing statistical charts, graphs and other visual representations of economic data for use by the Department in marketing materials and promotional events
  • Completing other tasks assigned by the Commercial Attaché and working towards the successful operation of the Department’s functions

Knowledge and Skills

  • B.A. in Economics, Business or a related field; M.A. preferred
  • Superior spoken and written communications skills in English
  • Knowledge of Afghanistan, economic development issues and international affairs
  • Relevant experience in research
  • Excellent computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Internet

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
The IT intern with the Embassy of Afghanistan is responsible for maintaining and updating the current IT system in the Embassy of Afghanistan.  The IT intern will work closely with staff to ensure that computers, phone and internet are functioning appropriately.  The IT intern will also work closely with the Embassy’s Media Officer to maintain and update the Embassy website.

General Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage all workstations, Embassy server, printers and phone system.
  • Managing the Embassy e-mail system using MS Outlook or other e-mail technologies.
  • Responsible for assisting departments to update the Embassy website in close coordination with the Media Officer.
  • Ensure that the networking and security for the Embassy server are updated and intact.
  • Work with vendors from where the Embassy purchase or leases equipment, software or services from in order to trouble shoot or change service levels.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Must have at least 2-3 years real world experience in IT infrastructure – either public, non-profit, or academic institutions.
  • Must be able to learn new technologies and improve the IT infrastructure of the Embassy.
  • Must have excellent English written and oral communication skills.

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor developments related to Afghanistan in Congress on a regular basis and provide analytical reports to the Ambassador and Embassy staff
  • Attend Congressional hearings and events on behalf of the Embassy and draft reports
  • Draft memoranda at the Ambassador’s request regarding issues related to Afghanistan
  • Participate in meetings related to Congressional relations
  • Draft letters intended for Congressional staffers and representatives on a variety of issues
  • Research and compile information to convey to Congress regarding Afghanistan’s needs
  • Develop and maintain a database of Congressional representatives, staffers, and related contacts
  • Complete other assignments as requested by the Embassy’s Political Department

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced dynamic environment to meet deadlines
  • Preferably M.A. candidate

MEDIA RELATIONS

The Media Relations Intern supports the Director of Media Relations in all of his/her administrative responsibilities. Further, the intern assists Media Relations Officer in logistical coordination, research, monitoring the national media for coverage of Afghanistan, and writing content for the Embassy newsletter and website. S/he also maintains the Department’s contact information databases both for the media and the public, while ensuring that the newsletter is widely distributed. Further responsibilities will be tailored to the individual interests of the intern and may encompass other departments in the Embassy. Other duties include:

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Drafting media monitoring reports on coverage of Afghanistan in top-tier U.S. media
  • Assisting in drafting press statements of the Embassy and coordinating interview requests for the President and Cabinet Ministers with Kabul and U.S. counterparts
  • Representing the Department at the Embassy events to assist and build relations with the reporters, as well as supervising logistics for press breakfasts and other Embassy events
  • Organizing and taking minutes of the monthly internal press meeting with the Ambassador and other senior Embassy officials
  • Assisting in compiling data and drafting The Embassy of Afghanistan website and newsletter
  • Maintaining records of incoming and outgoing media correspondence including those of the Ambassador and other Embassy officials

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced dynamic environment to meet deadlines
  • Preferably M.A. candidate

POLITICAL AFFAIRS

The Political Department advocates for the GoA’s priority policy issues and keeps Afghanistan in the political spotlight through effective public diplomacy.  The Department deals with various political and security institutions of the U.S. Administration and Congress, while maintaining relations with the Washington-based diplomatic community, key think tanks, nongovernmental organizations, and multilateral institutions. The Political Intern is responsible for providing professional support in monitoring, researching, writing reports and correspondence for the Ambassador and staff of the Political Department. 

General Duties & Responsibilities

  • Monitoring developments relating to Afghanistan with respect to political, security and development affairs and providing analytical reports to the Ambassador and Embassy staff
  • Attending events relating to political developments in Afghanistan, on behalf of the Embassy and drafting reports
  • Drafting memoranda at the Ambassador’s and the department’s  request regarding issues related to Afghanistan
  • Participating in meetings involving political and security issues
  • Researching and compiling information on Afghanistan’s political developments, the newly-elected Parliament, the situation and process of security sector reform in Afghanistan, GOA and international community’s CN initiatives
  • Developing and maintaining contacts database for the Political Department
  • Summarizing research reports on Afghanistan
  • Drafting Ambassadorial correspondence
  • Maintaining the Department filing system

Knowledge and Skills

  • Student pursuing B.A. or higher level degree in International Relations, Political Science, Law, Government or related field 
  • Superior spoken and written communications skills in English; spoken Dari and/or Pashto preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of Afghanistan and domestic U.S. politics
  • Relevant work experience in political affairs preferred
  • Excellent computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Internet.

 

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