Fall 2021 World Affairs Council Internship
COUNCIL INTERNSHIPS: WORKING FOR YOUR FUTURE
The intern experience is real world – it is extraordinary, educational, and challenging.
They help host large public programs as well as one-on-one connections.
Many of our traditionally unpaid interns have gone on to careers in the public and private sectors and use their Council experience to deal with international and national projects.
We seek college or high school–level talented, passionate individuals to help accomplish our daily missions.
All departmental internship positions are available during all terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer.
Education Intern (Global Young Leaders Program)
The Global Young Leaders Program educates North Texas students and teachers on how international events affect their lives, their communities and their country. Responsibilities include preparing and updating information packages for workshops and leadership trainings, preparing background briefs for upcoming programs, updating resources and articles on the GYL blog, assisting in the background preparation for educational programs, promoting the program at university fairs, and assisting students at general World Affairs Council programs.
Applicants with stellar writing and researching skills, creativity, and communicative abilities are desired for this position. If applicants have exposure to or a strong desire to learn about education from a non-profit perspective, K-12 curriculum development, or Junior World Affairs Councils, they are preferred.
International Visitor Program & Protocol Interns
The International Visitor Program coordinates U.S. State Department-sponsored visits of adult and youth delegations from around the world. The intern will assist with all programmatic aspects of the International Visitor Leadership Program including scheduling and accompanying international visitors to meetings with local professionals, drafting proposals for upcoming projects, maintaining a list of current Dallas/Fort Worth area resources and communicating with volunteers for incoming delegations. Other projects may include assisting the Protocol office with events at Dallas City Hall and with the diplomatic corps. Applicants with strong written and verbal communication, a broad understanding of international and local topics and issues, and a demonstrated ability to think creatively and work cross-culturally are preferred.
Marketing and Communications Interns
Social Media Intern
The Social Media internship is a great opportunity for applicants that enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and want to enhance their Social Media skills. This role offers the intern an opportunity to execute the organization’s social media strategy, working across key social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn promoting upcoming events, uploading photos, and sharing relevant news stories. The successful candidate will work closely with key members of staff to learn about social media, digital communications, and marketing in a nonprofit, membership-based environment. This role will be instrumental in increasing our social media presence and gaining visibility for our brand among members and prospective members. Since marketing encompasses every department at the Council, the intern will help staff in communicating a variety of ongoing activities and nurturing ideas for posts, tweets, and assisting with photography at events.
Creative Design Intern
The Creative Design internship is a great opportunity for applicants that enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and want to enhance their creative design skills. The Intern will support multimedia and audio/video productions, create, publish, and participate in marketing materials production from start to finish including but not limited to production planning, scheduling, coordinating, post-production elements including graphics, stock footage and web/social posting. The successful candidate will work closely with key members of staff to learn about social media, digital communications, and marketing in a nonprofit, membership-based environment. This role will be instrumental in increasing our brand among members and prospective members. Since marketing encompasses every department at the Council, the intern will help staff in communicating a variety of ongoing activities and nurturing ideas for different marketing elements, projects and assisting with photography at events.
The Communications internship is a great opportunity for applicants that enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and want to enhance their communications skills. This role is primarily research and writing focused first but must be able to provide creative ideas to help achieve our goals. The successful candidate will work closely with key members of staff to learn about marketing in all stages of campaigns in a nonprofit, membership-based environment. This role will be instrumental in increasing our brand among members and prospective members. Since marketing encompasses every department at the Council, the intern will help staff in communicating a variety of ongoing activities and nurturing ideas to develop, expand and maintain our marketing channels and strategies.
Member Services & Development Interns
The Member Services and Development departments require interns who have excellent writing skills, experience with customer service and an ability to work in databases and with other detail-oriented tasks. Interns are encouraged to explore ways to improve and/or expand membership as well as research potential fundraising opportunities. Daily responsibilities include maintaining and updating membership records in the Council’s database, writing and editing member correspondence, providing information to current and potential members, researching prospective funding sources, assisting with gift acknowledgment process and attending Council speaker programs. Previous internships, past work experience or a strong desire to develop skills in customer service, marketing, communications, nonprofit management and grant writing is preferred.
An intern in the Programs department has the opportunity to develop his/her writing, research, marketing, and organizational skills through a variety of assigned projects. These projects will test the intern's ability to be creative and resourceful in a fast-paced environment. Specifically, interns are asked to research and compose bios for incoming speakers, craft remarks, research materials and assist with all administrative tasks associated with program planning and execution. The Programs intern is asked to exhibit proper program protocol and present a friendly demeanor when interacting with Council constituents and speakers. With these guidelines, the intern will uphold the Council’s mission to educate and engage the local community in national and international affairs.
Attention to detail, creativity, self-motivation, strong written and verbal communication skills and proficiency in Microsoft Offices products are a requirement for this position. Experience with Blackbaud products, particularly the Raisers Edge, is a plus. Interns will also be exposed to different aspects of managing a non-profit organization, including program fundraising, board relations, and membership development. Interns in the Programs department have the opportunity to attend and assist with as many programs as his or her schedule permits.
Eligibility: The Council accepts a limited number of interns at its Dallas office each semester.
- Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university (two–four year institution)
- Students currently enrolled in high school (private, public, dual credit, and home school institutions)
- Recent graduates from an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university no more than 6 months before the first day of the internship
Skills and Abilities:
- Professional, strong desire to work and learn in an international environment
- Ability to write formal documents including letters and reports
- Extensive knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Excel
- Experience with databases or data entry
- Reliability, flexibility, and effective communication in a multicultural setting
- A willingness to learn about the departments and adhere to WAC volunteer and workplace policies
Interns are required to commit a minimum of 15 hours a week; hours are flexible depending on students' schedules. WACDFW office hours are 9am-5:30pm Monday – Friday, and we prefer that the 15 hours are in the office on these days and during these times. Attendance is mandatory for the intern orientation and at least three speaker programs.
We provide parking validation or DART stipend, free attendance to WACDFW speaker programs, and a variety of professional development workshops.
BENEFITS OF OUR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:
Speaker Programs: Interns will have the opportunity to attend speaker programs for free as volunteers.
Professional Development: Interns are provided free workshops covering a variety of skills for nonprofit organizations as well as careers in international fields.
Networking: Interns have the opportunity to meet with individuals associated with WACDFW to grow their professional network, gain insights into global careers and establish next steps in their professional careers.
Please follow the instructions below to apply:
- Completed Internship Application
- Current resume
- Cover letter
- Two-page, single spaced writing sample that adheres to one of the following choices:
- Press release
- Book review on an international topic
- Research paper on an international issue
- Essay answering the following question: How would a World Affairs Council internship fit with your academic and/or career goals?