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About Our Internships
Internships with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia provide college and graduate level students with experience in international affairs student programming, speaker events, travel programming, membership management, and development. Tasks will include (but are not limited to) research, planning and development of programs, events, and tours, on-site assistance for student and public programs, digital communications and social media support, attendance at staff meetings, support for donor and member relations, and other administrative support as needed.
Internships with the Council require excellent written and verbal communication skills, time management, strong research skills, and a high level of professional etiquette when interacting with both Council staff, volunteers, and constituents (students, members, Board, etc.). Candidates must have a strong proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Basic knowledge of social media platforms and management tools (i.e. Hootsuite, HeyOrca!, Sendible) and Canva is preferred. Special consideration may be given to students with experience in Model United Nations, debate, and/or Mock Trial.
Students who can commit to 2 full semesters (fall and spring) will be given special consideration.
Current Internship Openings
Hours: Part-time (minimum 15 – 20 hours per week)
Stipend/Class Credit: We are willing to work with your educational institution to provide academic credit, if requested.
Dates: Minimum 10 weeks in Summer, Fall, or Spring terms. 2 full semesters commitment preferred.
Description: Are you interested in foreign policy? Global change? Social entrepreneurship? World media? International security? The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program connecting current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields with their U.S. peers. IVLP interns work closely with the international exchange team to support program meetings and events across Philadelphia. Interns experience and support projects that facilitate honest dialogue, navigate global topics, and connect with leaders in the region. Specific activities may include:
- Supporting itinerary development and logistical planning for guests from the US Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program.
- Conducting research to identify programming resources and maintain visitors’ information in our database.
- Preparing cultural activities for guests.
- Helping us prepare for networking receptions and additional special events to welcome the international community.
- Escorting international delegations to meetings.
- Preparing information to acquaint international guests with Philadelphia.
Qualifications & Skills:
Successful applicants are detail-oriented, reliable, and professional. Strong interpersonal skills and an interest in international relations are a plus. Students who can commit to 2 full semesters (fall and spring) will be given special consideration.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, time management, and strong research skills.
- A high level of professional etiquette and ability to respect different cultures and customs.
- A strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Basic knowledge of social media platforms and Canva is preferred
Please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Professional Exchanges Internship.’ Please describe in your cover letter why you are interested, what you hope to gain out of the internship experience, and the dates you are seeking to intern. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with start dates in September, January and May and/or the Drexel University Co-op schedule.
Update January 2024: Please note that Spring 2024 internship opportunities have been filled at this time. We are accepting applications for Summer 2024 and beyond. Summer 2024 applications are due by March 8, 2024.