SWFF TA Facility Seeks 2019 Fall Semester Virtual Intern

Washington, DC — The Securing Water for Food (SWFF) Technical Assistance Facility, a global, government-funded incubator-accelerator that serves SWFF innovators, seeks candidates for its 2019 Fall Semester Virtual Internship, a position that provides a valuable, real-world experience and the opportunity to contribute to a program that is impacting the lives of millions in emerging market economies.


Applicants must have an interest in international development, superior writing and editing skills, the ability to work virtually and independently, and a passion for the Securing Water for Food mission. We seek students in the advanced stages of academic training with a GPA 3.0 or higher, an outstanding work ethic and attitude, and writing samples. Experience with WordPress necessary. Duties involve:

  • Providing support to a variety of SWFF TA Facility projects
  • Conducting research to support special projects and publications
  • Writing and editing project documents
  • Providing ongoing updates to the SWFF website
  • Providing inputs for a variety of program and funding partner communication channels
  • Working with and directly supporting the SWFF TA Facility Chief of Party
  • Performing other general support duties, as assigned


Since 2013, US Agency for International Development (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 in the Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development program.

SWFF harnesses the forces of science and technology to develop solutions to water scarcity.

Over the last five years, the program has provided critical acceleration support through the Securing Water for Food Technical Assistance Facility to promote businesses and enterprises that own these ag-water technologies and solutions that enable the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution.

Securing Water for Food 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 that these 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 ag-water technologies into the hands of people that need them most – thus offering a unique value proposition.


Virtual Internship Timeframe: September 2019 – December 2019 (actual start and end dates determined by and with the student hired for this position)

Hours: 15 hours/week (minimum)

Stipend Terms: $1,000 (October payment – $500 and December payment – $500).

Note: There may be an option to extend this internship for two semesters.

Submission Deadline: August 27, 2019

Submission Requirements: Short email cover letter describing your work style, current resume, and a recent writing sample.

Questions: dvincentroa@thekaizencompany.com


Submit application: dvincentroa@thekaizencompany.com
Dr. Donna Vincent Roa, ABC, CDPM
Chief of Party | Securing Water for Food Technical Assistance Facility