Liberia Visual Design Internship

  • March 6 deadline

  • 10–12 week residencies; Starting Summer 2015

  • One in-country visual design position available

  • Basic in-country expenses paid

  • Position will be filled on a rolling-basis


The Accountability Lab and the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement have partnered to create opportunities for visual communication students in Liberia and Nepal. Aa a part of that collaboration we are announcing the Summer 2015 Visual Design and Multimedia Internships.



The Accountability Lab Visual Design Internship

The Accountability Lab empowers citizens in developing countries to build creative tools for integrity and anti-corruption in their communities. The team provides training, mentorship, networks, management support and seed funding for the development of low-cost, high-impact ideas for positive change. By enabling people to use information and knowledge to hold their governments responsible, the Lab is finding innovative ways to unlock the rich potential for political and economic development around the world.

In Liberia, the team works to bolster accountability and empower youth through a variety of innovative programs, including a strong focus on the arts – music, film, painting, comics, etc. While this position will work across the Accountability Lab’s portfolio in Liberia, it is anticipated that the projects centering on film, alternative dispute resolution, and citizen journalism will be the focal point of the interns’ work. Limited travel outside of Monrovia is possible.

The Lab also strives to reinvent the way that organizations can function through radical transparencyoral reporting that fits the context, creative outreach campaigns, and alternative revenue models. The Lab is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in the OpenGov Hub in Washington DC, with a local office at the University of Liberia Capitol Hill campus in Monrovia. The team will include a small team of local staff and volunteers, one international staff member, and two student residents. In 2014, the Lab received recognition from the USAID Ebola Grand Challenge for its creative approach in tackling Ebola and received significant support from international donors to scale up and deepen ongoing projects.


Summer Residents

The Accountability Lab is recruiting a “resident” design expert for Monrovia, Liberia for May-August 2015 to assist staff with the following tasks:

  • Leading the development and maintenance of Accountability Lab websites and social media forums as well as websites and social media forums dedicated to specific Accountability Lab projects in Liberia;
  • Support for program management and implementation, and the development of systems (particularly relating to Communications infrastructure);
  • Writing and editing assistance for a variety of outputs; primarily website and social media content but also including reports, articles and program documents;
  • Research for funding opportunities; outreach to existing contacts, and the development of potential partnerships;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with Lab partners and key organizations and individuals working on accountability issues, freedom of information, and media in Liberia;
  • Collaboration with the resident multi-media intern to Market the Lab’s electronic media presence in Liberia and internationally;
  • Training staff and partners on the maintenance of websites and social media outlets;
  • Developing a plan for the Lab’s electronic media presence as well as for its partners;
  • Other tasks as required.



The Accountability Lab is a young organization with limited resources so the fellow will need to be highly adaptable, self-motivated and able to multi-task. Beyond this, candidates for the position should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Fluency in English with excellent research, writing and editing skills;
  • A graduate student or advanced undergraduate;
  • An understanding of accountability issues on a local, national level and global level;
  • Work experience with a particular focus on international development, governance, institutional reform and social change;
  • Demonstrated ability to build networks and conduct outreach around development issues both on the ground and online;
  • Experience designing and administering online and social media platforms.


Ideally, candidates should also be able to indicate that they possess some of the following:

  • An ability to work independently and within a small, flexible but rapidly evolving organization;
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, including use of traditional and social media;
  • Superb relationship-building and management skills;
  • Photography skills;
  • A previous relevant internship or working experience;
  • Previous experience in Africa.


Interns must be available for a minimum of eight weeks with longer durations preferred.



This residency presents an exciting opportunity to gain hands-on, ground-level experience helping a dynamic and innovative nonprofit grow. While our funds are limited, we believe that fellows should not have to work for free. The Lab will cover work related travel and accommodation costs and provide a modest stipend that will also cover food expenses. However, the resident will need to mobilize additional financing to support costs such as air travel to Liberia.


Next Steps

Learn more about the Lab on the websiteFacebook, and Twitter. To inquire about applying, please send a cover letter and resumé to Center Director Ken Harper via the form below. Please specify your previous experience designing and maintaining online tools. The position will be filled on a rolling-basis.

Required Submission Elements

  • Cover letter
  • Resume


Photo by Morgana Wingard