Internship Expectations

 Eligibility

The World Affairs Council accepts a limited number of interns at its downtown Dallas office each semester. Preference will be given to current or past Junior World Affairs Council (JWAC) members. Applicants may include:

  • 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, which includes 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

Qualifications

  • 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
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to collaborate professionally in a multicultural setting
  • Reliability and flexibility
  • A willingness to learn about the different departments and adhere to Council volunteer and workplace policies

 Commitment

Interns are required to commit a minimum of 15 hours a week; hours are flexible depending on students' schedules and the needs of the office. Attendance is also mandatory for the intern orientation (held on the first day of each session) and at least two speaker programs.

Internships are unpaid; however, we provide parking validation or DART stipend, free attendance to Council speaker programs, and a variety of professional development workshops.

 Benefits of our Internship Program

Orientation

Interns will have guidance throughout the semester, starting with a formal orientation session to introduce the departments and staff of the Council. An intern coordinator and supervisors in each department ensure you receive feedback and adequate information to get involved in all the Council has to offer.

Speaker Programs

Interns will have the opportunity to attend speaker programs as volunteers. Program speakers range from political figures to television personalities to acclaimed writers to filmmakers. Regular program attendance will enable you to develop a deeper understanding of international issues during your internship experience. The Council asks that you attend at least three programs as a volunteer during the course of your internship.

Professional Development

During the program, interns are provided free in-house training courses and workshops covering a variety of skills for nonprofit organizations as well as careers in international fields. These sessions will introduce or develop marketable skills, valuable experience, and savvy insight for your future career goals. In addition, interns have the opportunity to network with the staff of the Council and members.

Past opportunities have included a training workshop on the Council's database software, Raiser's Edge, a required skill set used by most nonprofit organizations; a visit to the Council's Protocol office at Dallas City Hall to learn about the city's involvement in international affairs and how it relates to the global world; and a professional development workshop where interns will have a roundtable discussion with senior staff focusing on techniques they can apply to further their careers.

Intern Collaborative Project

The Collaborative Project is designed to be an opportunity for interdepartmental work between the interns. The Project is designed to be an opportunity for interns to engage with each other and work as a team to create a presentation about an agreed-upon topic of interest. This topic can range anywhere from a new type of program or outreach effort for the Council, to local issues in North Texas, or even ways that interns think international issues can be mitigated. The Project will be presented to the staff at the Intern Farewell Luncheon during the last week of their internship.

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