Careers & Internships

Working at Wacif

Employment at Wacif is more than just a job.
It’s a mission.

Wacif is always looking for great people who share our commitment to economic opportunity, our entrepreneurial spirit, and our focus on results.

Current Openings

Community Investment Internship Program

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Priority evaluations begin on the dates listed below. Internship start and end dates are flexible pending availability.

  • For Summer Internships: Applications will be reviewed beginning April 1st each year.
  • For Fall Internships: Applications will be reviewed beginning July 15th each year.
  • For Spring Internships: Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15th each year.

Market Analysis & Industry Research

Market Analysis & Industry Research Internship

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Market Analysis & Industry Research Intern will conduct analysis and research critical to operational, programmatic, and lending operations, and be exposed to a range of issues affecting community and economic development, nonprofits, small business and lending.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct national, state, and local best practice and policy research on issues related to predatory small business lending, food equity and ecosystem development, and equity and inclusion
  • Apply and adapt research findings to program and initiative development
  • Research demographic and economic data on the Washington, DC metropolitan area and inform program strategy through findings
  • Serve as a member of Wacif’s internal Impact Team, and gather and analyze financial and loan data to track Wacif performance and impact
  • Research CDFI industry performance indicators and Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) industry standards

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students, with excellent written and oral communications skills, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to locate, download, clean and analyze data
  • Independent worker, and self-starter with problem solving skills, and able to produce results in a timely manner
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems, and gather and analyze information skillfully
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and databases
  • Access to personal laptop

BENEFITS:

  • Part-time and full-time opportunities available
  • Academic credit and transportation stipend
  • Meaningful work, and a deeper understanding of Washington, D.C.’s small business community
  • Connections and ability to build a professional network with local business owners, local government officials, and other professionals
  • Attend important meetings with key government, policy, and business stakeholders
  • Have a greater understanding of opportunity finance, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry, and impact investing
  • Become well-versed in DC’s economic indicators & trends

HOW TO APPLY:

This is an unpaid internship. To apply, submit your cover letter detailing your interest in the position, a short writing sample, and a resume to opportunity@wacif.org with “Market Analysis & Industry Research Intern” in the subject. No phone calls please.

Social Media & Communications

Social Media & Communications Intern

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Social Media & Communications Intern will assist with e-communications, marketing, public relations, social media, research, and media research to promote Wacif, its impact, events, and increase awareness of issues impacting areas of small business development in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Perform social media tasks (making updates, tracking followers, keeping lists up-to-date)
  • Assist in managing and developing media campaigns, and track website and social media numbers
  • Write copy for press releases, op-eds, blog posts, newsletter articles, web site, and other marketing pieces
  • Produce multimedia content for and engagement on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn), including photos and videos
  • Support communications team in publicizing Wacif’s key programs and events
  • Research small business development issues for communications pieces
  • Develop relationships with bloggers and press

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students, with excellent written and oral communications skills, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated an in-depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms and their respective participants and how they can be deployed in different scenarios
  • Social media savvy and marketing experience; and knowledge and experience blogging
  • Independent worker, and self-starter with problem solving skills, and able to produce results in a timely manner
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems, and gather and analyze information skillfully
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and databases
  • Access to personal laptop

BENEFITS:

  • Part-time and full-time opportunities available
  • Academic credit and transportation stipend
  • Meaningful work, and a deeper understanding of Washington, D.C.’s small business community
  • Connections and ability to build a professional network with local business owners, local government officials, and other professionals
  • Attend important meetings with key government, policy, and business stakeholders
  • Have a greater understanding of opportunity finance, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry, and impact investing
  • Become well-versed in DC’s economic indicators & trends

HOW TO APPLY:

This is an unpaid internship. To apply, submit your cover letter detailing your interest in the position, a short writing sample, and a resume to opportunity@wacif.org with “Social Media & Communications Intern” in the subject. No phone calls please.

Performance & Impact

Performance & Investment Impact Internship

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Performance & Investment Impact Intern will lead a project to research and analyze the impact of Wacif’s 30 years of community investment in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Fellow will conduct research and analyze impact of past real estate and affordable housing projects, small businesses, and other investments.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct qualitative research on historical Wacif projects
  • Collect, clean, and prepare performance data for analysis
  • Analyze historical financial and loan data to evaluate impact
  • Conduct field research to identify projects
  • Develop impact assessment and narrative, including photos and videos, for investments
  • Develop publications that share research and impact analysis

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students, with excellent written and oral communications skills, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to locate, download, and clean data
  • Independent worker, and self-starter with problem solving skills, and able to produce results in a timely manner
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems, and gather and analyze information skillfully
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and databases
  • Access to personal laptop

BENEFITS:

  • Part-time and full-time opportunities available
  • Academic credit and transportation stipend
  • Meaningful work, and a deeper understanding of Washington, D.C.’s small business community
  • Connections and ability to build a professional network with local business owners, local government officials, and other professionals
  • Attend important meetings with key government, policy, and business stakeholders
  • Have a greater understanding of opportunity finance, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry, and impact investing
  • Become well-versed in DC’s economic indicators & trends

HOW TO APPLY:

This is an unpaid internship. To apply, submit your cover letter detailing your interest in the position, a short writing sample, and a resume to opportunity@wacif.org with “Performance & Investment Impact Intern” in the subject. No phone calls please.

Wacif is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a multiplicity of backgrounds and perspectives are a strength and seek to recruit and develop a diverse, highly committed, skilled and collaborative staff.

Investment & Fundraising

Impact Investment & Fundraising Internship

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Impact Investment & Fundraising Intern will support the advancement of Wacif’s impact investment program and fundraising efforts. The Intern will work on neighborhood invest local strategy, and identify strategies to raise capital and development partnerships.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Perform social media tasks (making updates, tracking followers, keeping lists up-to-date)
  • Assist in managing and developing media campaigns, and track website and social media numbers
  • Write copy for press releases, op-eds, blog posts, newsletter articles, web site, and other marketing pieces
  • Produce multimedia content for and engagement on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn), including photos and videos
  • Support communications team in publicizing Wacif’s key programs and events
  • Research small business development issues for communications pieces
  • Develop relationships with bloggers and press

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students, with excellent written and oral communications skills, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated an in-depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms and their respective participants and how they can be deployed in different scenarios
  • Social media savvy and marketing experience; and knowledge and experience blogging
  • Independent worker, and self-starter with problem solving skills, and able to produce results in a timely manner
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems, and gather and analyze information skillfully
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and databases
  • Access to personal laptop

BENEFITS:

  • Part-time and full-time opportunities available
  • Academic credit and transportation stipend
  • Meaningful work, and a deeper understanding of Washington, D.C.’s small business community
  • Connections and ability to build a professional network with local business owners, local government officials, and other professionals
  • Attend important meetings with key government, policy, and business stakeholders
  • Have a greater understanding of opportunity finance, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry, and impact investing
  • Become well-versed in DC’s economic indicators & trends

HOW TO APPLY:

This is an unpaid internship. To apply, submit your cover letter detailing your interest in the position, a short writing sample, and a resume to opportunity@wacif.org with “Impact Investment & Fundraising Intern” in the subject. No phone calls please.

Wacif is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military/veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.