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Internship Opportunities

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Archival Intern 

Intern will assist in the organization of its extensive collection of historical documents and photos. The work done by the Archival Intern will directly contribute to the making of the Council’s 70th anniversary documentary project. The preferred candidate for this position will be highly detailed oriented and organized, and have an interest in both recent world history and Philadelphia history. Tasks will include, but are not limited to: adding to the Council’s index of digital archives by labeling, scanning, organizing, and categorizing photographs and various documents; transcribing program records; reading, synthesizing, and making accessible information contained in documents and pictures; conducting further research to place the Council’s archives into larger historical context. This internship will require at least two full work days at the Council per week, however preference will be given to candidate who can commit to 3 full work days per week. 

The Whole Truth PBS Television Show Intern

Intern will work with the Programs staff to assist with the Council’s PBS television show, The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower. Tasks will focus on research and writing for episode topics, scripts, potential speakers for each episode, speaker contact information, and speaker invitations. The intern will also be expected to help with building and maintaining a website for The Whole Truth, separate from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia website, and will utilize a Content Management System (CMS) on a platform to be determined. This internship will report to the Programs Coordinator and requires between 10 and 15 hours a week. Other tasks will be assigned on an as-needed basis.

Membership Marketing Intern

Intern will work with Membership and Corporate Development staff to assist with new marketing and branding initiatives.  The preferred candidate will have knowledge of an array of marketing strategies and will have administrative office experience, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a solid understanding of the MS Office Suite.  The intern will be expected to take initiative in proposing creative ideas to the Membership and Corporate Development staff for rebranding of Membership materials and documents, both in digital and physical formats.  Working knowledge of website design, Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher, and Hootsuite is preferred.  

Corporate / Membership Administrative Intern

Intern will work with Membership staff and the Director of Corporate and Sustaining Membership to assist with a wide range of tasks related to the Council's work with donor relations, member retention and acquisition, corporate sponsors, and the Council's Board of Directors. The preferred candidate will have administrative office experience, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a solid understanding of the MS Office Suite, experience using office equipment, web research experience, and the ability to prioritize projects, remain highly organized, and take initiative. The intern will be expected to learn basic use of Raiser's Edge (the Council's donor management and event planning software), which is integral to all tasks. Tasks include (but are not limited to) the following: Assist in keeping the individual member database and online e-mail database current; process and execute weekly and monthly mailings for gift acknowledgment and membership dues; assist with program registration preparation; prepare profiles on potential corporate and individual members through online and database research; update contact information; prepare for and attend Council speaker and education programs; support other departments and the Council's mission as needed.

Education Intern

Intern will work closely with the Council's Education team to assist with a wide range of tasks related to the planning and implementation of student programs, such as the Council's International Student Summit, Global Economic Forum, Summer Global Leadership Seminar, and Student Diplomat Program / Jr. Model United Nations. Tasks include researching topic information, identifying appropriate expert speakers, helping to conceptualize and produce student enrichment programs, attending programs and assisting with event responsibilities, as well as providing administrative support, as needed.

Programs / Communication Intern

Intern will work with the Programs staff to assist with a wide range of tasks related to the planning and implementation of speaker events. Tasks will focus mostly on audience development and research; updating outdated contact information in the database; researching potential new organizations, groups, or university/college programs and departments for upcoming event audiences; communication with cooperating organizations; and promotion of events to local universities and schools during the main portion of the program year. Tasks may also include researching and gathering speaker and topic information for potential and planned events; drafting program descriptions and podium remarks; promoting programs and events on the Council's social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn; and providing administrative support, as needed. The Programs / Communication Intern is expected to attend most (preferably all) programs and help with event management responsibilities, which may require occasional early morning or evening hours. The preferred candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong phone etiquette, and knowledge of Microsoft Office with an emphasis on strong Microsoft Excel skills.

Travel Intern

Intern will work with Travel staff to assist with a wide range of tasks related to the planning and implementation of tours. Tasks include researching and photocopying substantive articles for pre-trip reading information; assisting with tour promotion; data entry; and acting as support for various administrative duties. In addition to skills applicable to all departments, Travel prefers someone who is familiar with foreign affairs journals and think tank biases. Travel seeks an intern who is available two half-days or one full day per week. 

Internship Opportunities

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2018 semester. 

To apply, please send a cover letter, resumé, and brief writing sample (2 pages max) to Careers (careers@wacphila.org). You will not be considered unless you include all three.

Please specify the area(s) with which you would be interested in interning.

You will only be contacted if you are chosen for an interview. Because of the volume of applications the Council receives, we cannot respond to every applicant.

No phone calls, please.

Internships are unpaid and are open to college undergraduates and recent graduates with a strong interest in international affairs. The Council does not accept high school students for internships. Greater consideration will be given to students applying for an internship tied to college credit.

Internships are typically a full semester:
Fall: August - December (apply by mid-July)
Spring: January - May (apply by early December)
Summer: May - August (apply by mid-April)

The ideal candidate should be reliable, self-motivated, possess strong computer skills, the ability to work independently as well as in a team, a good command of English, and strong writing and researching skills. We seek a commitment of approximately 8-10 hours per week (1 full day or two half-days preferred.) Interns are encouraged to attend the Council's speaker events when possible (unless required by department). College credit can be arranged. Reasonable travel expenses are covered.

Click here to apply (careers@wacphila.org)