CNFA Reviews

Updated June 4, 2015
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  1. Fantastic Internship Program in International Development

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Global Programs Support in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Global Programs Support in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CNFA as an intern

    Pros

    As the Global Program Support intern, I was exposed to many different aspects of international development and program management. First of all, the people at CNFA were amazing. Almost everyone in the office was smart and hardworking, and people truly wanted to see me succeed. While the pay was very good for a D.C. internship, the real benefits were in the experience I gained. After a short buffer period, Program Officers began to give me serious responsibility and tasks that were both interesting and challenging. The type of work I did was not always glamorous, but it was the type of experience that got me multiple full-time offers afterwards. I highly recommend this internship for anyone who wants to pursue a career in international development, or simply gain exposure to on-the-ground work in international relations.

    Cons

    Allow interns to travel to projects abroad. While liability issues may prevent it from being possible, this would be an amazing opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    1- Keep focusing on making employees happy-- it inspires everyone to work that much harder! 2- Maintain the high-energy, high-morale atmosphere that currently exists after all the recent new business wins.


  2. Respected agricultural development NGO in DC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CNFA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    For the most part, very smart and dedicated team of professionals who are skilled and knowledgeable about private sector oriented international agricultural development initiatives.

    Cons

    There used to be high staff turnover due to dissatisfaction with senior management, but senior managers have recently changed.


  3. Global Program Support Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Global Programs Support in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Global Programs Support in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CNFA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great paid internship opportunity for young professionals interested in international development, especially in agriculture. This particular internship, working with the Farmer-to-Farmer program, had a good ebb and flow of work and a variety of different tasks. CNFA itself is going through a transition period with some new executive management and the shift seems to be in a positive direction.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of training and much of what you asked to do you may have to pick up as you go, at least for the first four-six weeks. You will spend a good chunk of time doing more clerical/administrative duties, although this tends to balance well with more meaningful work.

    Advice to Management

    Consider raising internship pay to meet minimum wage, even if still distributed at a biweekly stipend. Maintain company wellness programming. Upgrade intern/front desk computers and figure out what to do with old files/papers/documents in the intern area.


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  5. Operations & Compliance Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Operations and Compliance in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Operations and Compliance in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CNFA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decently paid internship with paid vacation days, which is non-existent in most programs. Many of the employees are kind and friendly, and willing to provide assistance and learning opportunities if you ask and they are able.

    Cons

    The Operations and Compliance internship is the least rewarding of those offered at CNFA. The position essentially boils down to a data entry position. You will copy information from an Excel spreadsheet and enter it into very specific, very uncommon accounting software. Your only other major duty will be to file receipts and invoices in an archaic filing system. I also often ran personal errands for one VP. There is no training offered, you will not learn accounting practices or standards, there are no other learning experiences provided, or room for personal growth. Because of this the office should hire an employee for this position, but it is cheaper to simply hire a new intern every couple of months. While the internship is paid, the pay is based on a monthly rate, not per hour, interns here (as most places) are paid less than minimum wage in DC. you will usually be paid $750 for and 88 hour pay period. Some members of staff were rude, condescending, unhelpful, and occasionally demeaning. Most members of executive staff have little respect or concern for the interns.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a data entry specialist or revamp the internship program. Your interns are walking away from these positions disillusioned, and with (in the case of the OC internship) no new skills or relevant experience.


  6. Global Programs Support

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    Former Contractor - Global Program Support in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Global Program Support in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at CNFA as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good experience, the organization treats you like a real employee and gives you responsibilities beyond that of an intern

    Cons

    can be stressful at times


  7. Two internships: Global Program Support and New Business

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - New Business Development Intern and Global Program Support Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - New Business Development Intern and Global Program Support Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CNFA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really great experiences. It's a double edged sword because they are way underpaying you as an intern to do the work of an entry level employee, but it's excellent experience that will jumpstart your career. Young enthusiastic staff. Really smart and high energy. Interesting work with a lot of research and writing. If they like you, there's a good chance of getting hired full time. Lots of young staff in project management roles.

    Cons

    High turnover. Internships are paid, but you're often required to work extra hours and do the work of an actual employee. Lots of favoritism and the staff is very loosely managed which leads to things getting a little out of control.


  8. Great projects, not great HQ management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Development Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CNFA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great projects and opportunities. Must be a self starter to succeed.

    Cons

    Too competitive for a non-profit

    Advice to Management

    Mentorship for entry level



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