Internships

EMERGING GLOBAL LEADERS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Summer 2017 Application Deadline: April 3, 2017



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Former WAC-DC interns pose with H.E. Tebelelo Seretse, Ambassador of Botswana to the U.S.



The World Affairs Council – Washington, DC Internship Program


Emerging Global Leaders offers undergraduate and graduate students a 12-15 week professional and career development opportunity in Washington, DC. Through program planning, hands-on training and mentoring, and exposure to some of the most coveted places in our nation’s capital, the World Affairs Council – Washington, DC Internship Program offers a unique and invaluable experience for students from across the U.S.

Practical, professional experience: Interns apply for one of three tracks in the Emerging Global Leaders program – International Affairs, Global Education, or Global Communications – and are selected based on their knowledge, skill-set, and interest in the relative fields.

Leadership and mentor training: Aside from having an Internship Supervisor that assigns tasks, each intern has a separate Internship Mentor that gives them guidance about working in the 21st century office, career advice and counseling, and resume help.  In addition, the Internship Mentor encourages each Emerging Global Leader to take a leadership role in certain projects, and helps them meet their goals in them. This includes primary responsibility for the monthly Young Professional WorldQuest challenge competition.  Interns interact with other student leaders and young professionals from the United States and abroad.  They are offered opportunities to attend numerous programs at area think tanks, universities, and non-profit social and development organizations in Washington, DC, and gain a behind-the-scene look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, and international diplomacy.  In addition, each semester WAC-DC hosts several brown-bag lunches with area Young Professionals and career international affairs and global education leaders including ambassadors, Board members, and others.

Exposure to DC’s elite: At every one of WAC-DC’s programs, we make a point to set aside time for our interns to introduce themselves to each and every speaker, from cabinet members, to authors, to media personalities, we give our interns unique access (and a photo-op!) with every one of our speakers.

The World Affairs Council-Washington, DC’s Emerging Global Leaders Internship program is a content rich, demanding mix of learning and working experience in the national’s capital.  The three track areas enable students to focus on an area most closely aligned to their university studies and/or career goals, and provide real world experience with career development through participation in WAC-DC Global Education and International Affairs programs as well as special programs and opportunities made available to them by WAC-DC during their tenure.

WAC-DC will provide a $4.00 per diem local transportation stipend for each day interns are regularly scheduled to be in the office.



INTERNSHIPS


International Affairs Interns

The Council is seeking a individual to join our International Affairs Programs team. Interns will have an opportunity to work on research of speakers, learn how to host weekly events and all aspects of event management, and develop their own monthly WorldQuest programs.

Duties:
-Work with the International Affairs Director and International Programs Committee to advance the short and long term global programs strategy
-Research and identify potential programs, speakers, and agendas for public events
-Prepare and staff WAC-DC’s International Affairs programming and special events
-Write briefs for all Council events for electronic publication and membership mailings
-Assist staff with membership management through promotional outreach initiatives
-Other research and writing as assigned

Qualifications:
Pursuing degree (BA/MA) in relevant field; background or strong interest in international affairs; excellent written and oral communications skills; strong computer skills; ability to commit 30 hours per week including 4-6 evening and weekend events per month.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter to info@worldaffairsdc.org describing your qualifications and interest in international affairs and the Council; resume; brief writing sample; contact information for 4 references.  MUST include "International Affairs Internship Application Summer 2017" in the e-mail subject line. No phone calls please.



Global Communications and Marketing Intern

The Council is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our Global Communications team. Interns will have the opportunity to work on advancing the Council's digital, print and broadcast priorities as well as strategic marketing initiatives.

Duties:
-    Work with the Directors of International Affairs and Global Education, the Global Communications Committee, and Board representatives on organizational communications, cause marketing, and development priorities
-    Help to maintain and expand use of new social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, website, etc.) to promote the mission priorities
-    Advance the relationships with press/media contacts
-    Coordinate press/media coverage of WAC-DC events
-    Design promotional material for WAC-DC events
-    Provide the Global Education and International Affairs teams with communications support for their programs
-    Other research and writing as assigned

Qualifications: 
-Pursuing degree (BA/MA) in relevant field; background or strong interest in international affairs; excellent written and oral communications skills; strong computer skills; ability to commit 30 hours per week including 4-6 evening and weekend events per month.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter to info@worldaffairsdc.org describing your qualifications and interest in global communications and the Council; resume; brief writing sample; contact information for 4 references.  MUST include "Global Communications Internship Application Summer 2017" in the e-mail subject line. No phone calls please. 
 
Global Education Intern

The Council is seeking a talented individual to join our Global Education team. Interns will have the opportunity to work on resource research, program development and brainstorming, and working with high school students and educators. 

Duties:
-Work with the Global Education Director, Global Education Committee, and other Board representatives to help advance the short and long term global education program strategy and goals
-Research, identify, and help deliver programs, speakers, and priorities for Global Education events
-Help to write, prepare, and edit the Global Education E-Newsletter
-Work as the liaison to student participants in the ongoing Student Leadership Academy programs
-Assist in developing learning objectives and identifying social studies standards for all Global Education programs
-Develop and standardize online resources for students and teachers.

Qualifications: 
-Pursuing a degree in education or international relations
-Background or strong interest in international affairs and global education preferred
-Excellent written and oral communication skills 
-Strong computer skills
-Ability to commit 30 hours per week and occasional weekends (for programs)

To Apply: 
Submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in global education to info@worldaffairsdc.org; resume; brief writing sample and contact information for 3 references. MUST include "Global Education Internship Application Summer 2017" in the e-mail subject line. No phone calls please.



Global Education Graduate Associate – Paid Position – Summer 2017

The World Affairs Council – Washington, DC is a small, fast paced organization dedicated to expanding global education opportunities to high school students and teachers in the DC area and beyond. The Council is seeking a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in education, international education or curriculum development. WAC-DC is looking for talented individuals to join our team to help develop and expand our goals. Interns will have an opportunity to see all aspects of the organization as well as plenty of hands-on experience in resource and program development. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to create, plan and execute their own program ideas.

Duties:
-Work as an integral part of the team with the Global Education Director and Global Education Program Officer to develop and implement programs for area high school students and teachers
-Develop curriculum and resource material for past and ongoing programs to be made available to teachers and posted to our website. This is a great opportunity to expand your curriculum development skills and publish materials to be used by educators across the country.

Qualifications:
- Experience with teaching, working with students or curriculum development
-Self-starter who needs little guidance
-Ability to adapt and work in a fast paced environment
-Ability to multi-task and prioritize work on several projects
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-Strong computer skills – Publisher or similar software experience preferred
-Ability to commit to 30 hours a week (with at least 2 days in the office) and some weekends and evenings (for programs)

Compensation:
$2,500 stipend on successful completion of internship. Can be taken for course credit. Possibility for extension through the following semester.

To Apply:
Send resume, cover letter and lesson plan (written for high school audience) to education@worldaffairsdc.org. No phone calls please.




VOLUNTEER OPENINGS

The World Affairs Council-Washington, DC is always looking for responsible, dependable individuals to assist in the operation of its public program events.  Volunteers will collaborate with staff and interns to promote the smooth functioning of events by supporting set-up and registering attendees, taking photos or writing a blog about the event, and take down afterwards.  Events are mostly in the evenings during the week, though a possibility exists for working in the office during the day, usually with preparations for large upcoming events.  If interested please email info@worldaffairsdc.org and attach your resume. Include in the subject line "Volunteer Openings".