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NGO Administrative Intern - Summer 2020

CARDINAL INTERNSHIP: Siem Reap, Cambodia, with time spent both in Phnom Penh and Vietnam or Singapore. Sue Guiney '77, Founder/CEO, Writing Through, accepted two Wes students this past summer. Sue is a dynamic Wes alum (published author, among other things). This is an excellent learning experience re: NGOs, startup nonprofits, and international work, plus an opportunity for solid mentorship. Consider applying for the Wes Summer Grant to finance this! NOTE: Writing Through MIGHT add a $1,000.00 stipend to offset travel and expenses; if so, this posting will be updated.

For additional information about the program and summer position, you can email Sue at:

NOTE: Sue reviews applications on a rolling basis. A writing sample may be requested after the initial interviews. Offers could be made prior to deadline. Start and end dates are flexible.

APPLY THROUGH HANDSHAKE with your approved resume and a cover letter, addressed to Ms. Jess Blackledge, Assistant Director.

Note: funding for this opportunity through the Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant is possible, but not guaranteed. Otherwise, this is a volunteer position with no housing provided. The employer can help you secure inexpensive housing (see below).


Start Date: early June 2020
Completion Date: mid to late August 2020
Host City: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Visa Requirement: 1 month tourist visa ($35), to be renewed after leaving the country and re-entry
Accommodation: Guest House, to be chosen with the advice of Writing Through

This internship includes both remote work and travel.

1. Remote work from home, early June for about 2 weeks: At home, pre-travel readings provided by Writing Through – history of region, present economic and political situations, analyses of various educational systems, background about Writing Through, administrative aspects of running an international Non-Governmental Organization (ie, NGO, charity), reports from previous interns.

2. Six weeks of travel: Using Siem Reap, Cambodia as a base, interns will also spend one week in Phnom Penh, Cambodia plus about one week in Hanoi, Vietnam. Interns will use this time to immerse themselves in the NGO culture of the countries, shadow at least one Writing Through workshop, meet with Writing Through partners and volunteers, assist in-country Assistant Director or Coordinator with administrative tasks. Additional travel throughout more remote regions of Cambodia is also possible, time permitting.

3. Remote work from home: Two to three weeks after returning from travels, writing up projects and reports as decided upon in advance, under the supervision of Sue Guiney.

Potential Projects:

I. Monitoring and Evaluation: The intern will build on present monitoring and evaluation strategies, helping to update databases, create new forms of evaluation as necessary, and implement changes. This work will be supervised by Writing Through’s staff in Siem Reap. In this way, the intern will develop not only necessary materials for Writing Through, but also an understanding of this vital aspect of non-profit work.

II. Branding and Fundraising Strategy: Writing Through already has used a variety of media outlets such as social media, video, magazine articles. With an eye towards how our brand can be further developed in each country where we work, a strategy for further public information outlets will be developed, including finding specific venues and pitching possible articles/interviews etc. The intern will also look into the development of monthly podcasts. He/she will create a schedule of monthly activities aiming to increase our visibility. At least one article will be written for publication in a targeted magazine or news outlet.
The Intern(s) will also build on the work done by the previous summer’s intern and research possible new funding sources, create a timeline for a fundraising strategy with the assistance of the Writing Through management team, and write at least one potential fundraising proposal.

By combining these two efforts, the interns will learn the basics of fundraising and how it sits at the center of all NGO work.

III. Workshop Shadowing: Each intern will shadow at least one full-length workshop where they will experience, first hand, the pedagogical techniques employed by Writing Through. They will assist the Facilitator with the creation of the workshop magazine and the Big Event presentations. In this way, they will also learn how to become future Facilitators themselves, if desired.

IV. Partner Overview : Interns will visit various Partner NGOs and organizations and, in that way, see first hand the different ways that these organizations work, and how Writing Through adapts itself to their needs. They will also look for other partnering opportunities either through direct contact or via internet searches of local organizations.


Each intern will be responsible for one of the above projects numbered I or II, although they will help each other and work on each project together. It is assumed that the interns will have a certain amount of autonomy in their work, although they will be supervised during the week by Jess Blackledge, Writing Through’s Assistant Director. Sue Guiney, the Writing Through Founder and CEO, will check in with the interns every few weeks via Skype calls from the US. Once back at home and working on their written projects, Sue will supervise them once a week, giving deadlines and feedback. Final reports and projects will be completed and turned in to both Sue and Jess before the start of the new academic year.

Provisional Budget per intern:

While not guaranteed, students are encouraged to apply for a Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant for funding. Interns will also be asked to create their own crowdfunding campaign asking their own network for help in supporting this experience. A small amount of additional financial support from Writing Through may be available.

Cambodia Tourist Visa:  ($35 x 2) = $70
Vietnam Tourist Visa: $25
Round trip airfare to Siem Reap (approximately): $1,000
Daily accommodation   (approx. $10/day): $450
Per diem (food, bike rental, etc): $800
Approximate Total:  $2,345