Available Internship Positions
All internships are approximately 15-20 hours per week. Please indicate one or more of the following on your application:
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 acknowledgement process, and attending Council speaker programs. Previous internships, past work experience, or a strong desire to develop skills in customer service, marketing and communications, nonprofit management, or grant writing is preferred.
Education Intern (Global Young Leaders Program)
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 teacher workshops, preparing background briefs for upcoming programs, helping to update teacher resources on the website, assisting in the background research for educational programs (Academic WorldQuest Competition and International Career Day), promoting the program at university fairs, and assisting students at general World Affairs Council programs. Applicants that have exposure to or a strong desire to learn about Texas education standards, K-12 curriculum development, or Junior World Affairs Councils 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
The Marketing and Communications internship is a great opportunity for applicants that enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and want to develop his/her writing and communication skills. Projects vary, but they may include developing publicity materials, updating the Council's profiles on Facebook and Twitter (often promoting upcoming events, uploading photos, and sharing relevant news stories), maintaining and organizing the Council's LinkedIn and YouTube accounts, and managing photography for events. 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, blogs, etc. Marketing, public relations and writing experience are a preferred for this internship.
An intern in the Programs department has the opportunity to develop his/her writing, 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. Interns will be given autonomy over the Meridian: Global Young Professionals group’s social media efforts, including platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and LinkedIn, while creating growth strategies and keeping track of metrics under the Programs Manager’s supervision.
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.