SWFF TA Facility Seeks Social Impact Storytelling Virtual Intern

Washington, DC — The Securing Water for Food (SWFF) Technical Assistance Facility, a global, enterprise incubator-accelerator that serves SWFF innovators, seeks applications from senior and masters level students for its Social Impact Storytelling Virtual Internship.

The position, which includes an all-expense paid trip to Stockholm World Water Week in August, provides a valuable, real-world experience and the opportunity to interact with innovators who are impacting the lives of millions. The selected candidate is expected to:

  • Interview SWFF innovators for feature stories
  • Write 2-3 feature stories per month for the SWFF “In the News” blog
  • Provide ongoing updates to the SWFF website
  • Work on innovator communication-related projects
  • Provide inputs into a variety of SWFF program and USAID communication channels
  • Work with and support the SWFF TA Facility Chief of Party
  • Other duties, as assigned


Applicants must have superior writing and editing skills, the ability to work virtually and independently, a passion for the Securing Water for Food mission, and a strong interest in social impact storytelling. We seek students in the advanced stages of academic training (e.g., senior or masters level journalism majors, communication majors, or writing majors) with a GPA 3.0 or higher with outstanding writing samples.

The Context

Since 2013, USAID, Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Government of South Africa, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands have invested $34 million and provided critical acceleration support to promote solutions that enable the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution.

SWFF harnesses the forces of science and technology to develop solutions to water scarcity. At the same time, we’re harnessing the forces of the market – the businesses that can actually implement these solutions – to make sure the solutions get to the people. This is an enormous challenge, and with this challenge comes an enormous opportunity.

SWFF is meant to be additive to ongoing global water initiatives efforts by focusing on prototypes, products, and business models that promote economic growth and community stability. We believe that by investing in water technologies and business models, we can stimulate new innovation, reach untapped markets, and get water technologies into the hands of people that need them most – thus offering a unique value proposition.

Application details are below.

Virtual Internship Timeframe: January 2018 – August 31, 2018

Hours Per Week: 28 hours

Stipend/Payment Terms: May payment – $900 and August payment – $700.

Special Note: The selected candidate is expected to join and support the Securing Water for Food delegation and activities at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden August 26 – August 31, 2018. All expenses for this trip (e.g., flight, hotel, per diem) will be paid by the program. This event also marks the 5th Anniversary of the Securing Water for Food Program and will be a convening of current and select SWFF alumni.

Submission Requirements: Resume and two writing samples.

Submission Deadline: January 16, 2018

Questions: dvincentroa@thekaizencompany.com

Submit Application Materials by Email To:
Dr. Donna Vincent Roa, ABC, CDPM
Chief of Party
Securing Water for Food Technical Assistance Facility
1875 Connecticut Avenue, 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20009