Internships at Sister Cities International

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Our intern positions are for current students and recent graduates at all levels and institutions. Interns will become an integral part of the staff at Sister Cities International.

Interning with Sister Cities International provides valuable experience and networking for students interested in non-profit and/or international relations work. Interns will be supervised by the manager of the respective department in which their internships are classified.

Upon the successful completion of a semester, we provide interns with a stipend to help with expenses such as transportation costs to and from the Sister Cities International office.

See each individual internship applications for further details.

Internship Positions

  • Research Internship

    Please download the Research Assistant application form and complete as part of your application.

    We are seeking a research assistant/intern to work with our President and CEO. The candidate should be a talented college student who would combine part-time hours at Sister Cities International with their studies and with other activities. A research assistant typically works 12-15 hours a week. (The number of hours can be adjusted accordingly to fulfill academic requirements).

    This position is appropriate for a college student planning to move on to graduate studies, or for college students wishing to develop a deeper understanding of their field of study. Internship appointments are generally consistent with academic semesters (i.e. Fall, Spring, Summer) and last approximately nine to twelve weeks. The start and end dates are flexible in order to accommodate varying school schedules. No internship will exceed one year in duration.

    The research assistant may do this internship for academic credit. Sister Cities International is willing to coordinate with each student and school in filling out the necessary paperwork. Students are encouraged to apply for independent grants or scholarships through their schools or outside sources to financially support them during their internship appointment. Depending on funding, a modest stipend may be available if the student is not receiving academic credit for the internship.

    Essential Job Functions

    This research assistant will have the unique opportunity to work directly with Sister Cities International’s President and CEO, examining issues of contemporary public policy and citizen diplomacy.  The research assistant will spend much of their time searching for information, using online academic databases or other publications. They will perform other duties, as well, such as proofreading; editing; critiquing; checking references; compiling bibliographies; writing literature reviews; summarizing research materials; locating inter-library loan materials; and helping with software or presentational tasks. There may be some administrative tasks involved like copying or filing, but such tasks will be limited. Consequently, a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to work with a minimum of supervision are strong assets. Foreign language skills are useful, but are not required.

    Eligibility

    Applicants must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution. Furthermore, applicants must be current students, recent graduates (within one calendar year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program (within the next year). Most interns are at least seniors in the undergraduate level, though strongly qualified juniors (at the time of application) will be considered. Graduate students are also strongly encouraged to apply.

    International students studying in the U.S. are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internship. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Officer for visas at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at Sister Cities International.

    Sister Cities International is NOT able to sponsor visas for interns. If you are an international student not already studying in the U.S. on a F-1 or J-1 visa, then you have to go through a university exchange program or an outside organization (internship placement agency) that will sponsor your visa.

    We are most interested in students with a background in the following fields of study: political science; U.S. government/politics; international relations; history (including US history); foreign languages; international affairs; regional studies; economics; public policy; security studies; journalism and similar disciplines, though students of many other fields of study may also apply.

    Qualifications

    • Previous experience with content management systems, social media, and strong event organization skills is highly desirable.
    • Excellent organizational and communication skills; attention to detail; and determination to meet deadlines.
    • Computer literacy with strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
    • A demonstrated history of research and face-to-face and phone interactions.

    Deadlines

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Application Process

    To apply, applicants will need to submit ONE COMPLETE application package to our Internship Coordinator by mail or email. Mailed applications are preferred. A hard copy will ensure that there are no technical difficulties when opening electronic files. The application materials include:

    • a completed RA application form (download RA application form)
    • Cover Letter (indicating academic interests or areas of interest)
    • Current Resume (indicating relevant coursework);
    • 3-5 page Writing Sample or excerpt of a recent research paper with separate Works Cited page
    • 2 letters of recommendation (do not have to be sealed by referees/recommenders); if they prefer to seal the letter, then they can sign across the seal and give the letter to the applicant to include in his or her application package; highlighting the applicant’s writing, research, and/or language skills would be useful
  • Communications and Marketing Internship

    The Communications/Marketing intern will assist the Communications Manager on various communications projects and become an integral part of the Sister Cities International team.

    Duties include member and media research, blog writing, editing, public relations, social media, email marketing, press pitching, embassy outreach, and website management. Applicants should have an academic background or previous experience in communications, marketing, social media public relations, research, writing, and/or international affairs/diplomacy.

    Essential Job Functions

    • Assist with strategy and implementation of Sister Cities International’s communications campaigns.
    • Plan, create, and post regular written, visual, and video content for organization’s social media channels.
    • Archive and categorize media articles daily and gather news clips for weekly circulation.
    • Write and edit content for newsletters, blog, social media, and other digital outreach.
    • Log, edit, write, and publish “Member Stories” every week.
    • Support Communications Manager with event-related tasks such as marketing, material creation, and event registration.
    • Research media outlets, create press lists, and draft press releases and media advisories.
    • Spearhead outreach efforts to press and partner organizations.
    • Upload content to the Sister Cities International website.
    • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

    Qualifications

    • Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student. Recent graduates will also be considered.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Strong ability to shift writing voice for organization without straying from brand.
    • Previous internship experience in writing, research, media, marketing and/or social media preferred.
    • Ability to conduct quality research and effectively report on findings.
    • Strong attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and desire to take initiative on assigned projects.
    • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign preferred.
    • Experience with video editing preferred.
    • Experience in customer service a plus.

    Learning Objectives

    • Intern will network and establish professional contacts by attending events and client meetings.
    • Intern will learn how to track media by using media tracking programs.
    • Intern will create engaging copy with the aim of increasing awareness of SCI and its mission by creating media campaigns with the Communications Manager.
    Application Process

    Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to cburchette@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Communications). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

    International students studying in the U.S. are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internship. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Officer for visas at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at Sister Cities International.

    Sister Cities International is NOT able to sponsor visas for interns. If you are an international student not already studying in the U.S. on a F-1 or J-1 visa, then you have to go through a university exchange program or an outside organization (internship placement agency) that will sponsor your visa.

  • Membership Internship

    Sister Cities International’s Membership Department serves three major functions. The department is responsible for membership recruitment and retention, identifying and nurturing sister city community partnerships, and providing general customer service to the membership. The department is the first point of contact for our members and therefore maintains working knowledge of all programs within the organization.

    These interns work with the Membership department on day-to-day operations, including research and recruitment of members, identifying possible city-to-city partnerships, preparation for meetings with visiting international delegations, responding to members, and special projects depending on the skills and desires of the intern. These interns may be asked to assist with meetings with member communities throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia depending on the intern’s availability.

    Essential Job Functions

    • Conduct research for recruitment and retention campaigns
    • Prepare materials and information for upcoming meetings and conferences
    • Website and Database management
    • Receive international delegations to the Sister Cities International Office
    • Assist with the Cities Seeking Cities program via research and correspondence
    • Assist international communities as they consider American partnerships
    • Research and compose member related content for website
    • Correspond with current and potential members
    • Other administrative tasks as directed
    • A special project may be developed based on the interest of the intern

    Qualifications

    • Currently enrolled, full/part time student in an undergraduate or graduate program. Recent graduates will also be considered
    • Excellent written and communication skills
    • Customer service experience
    • Strong Microsoft Excel skills, and fluency in Microsoft Office Suite
    • Close attention to detail is required
    • Experience living or working abroad and fluency in a second language preferred, but not required
    • Sense of humor

    Application Process

    Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Membership). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

    International students studying in the U.S. are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internship. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Officer for visas at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at Sister Cities International.

    Sister Cities International is NOT able to sponsor visas for interns. If you are an international student not already studying in the U.S. on a F-1 or J-1 visa, then you have to go through a university exchange program or an outside organization (internship placement agency) that will sponsor your visa.

  • Youth Programs Internship

    Sister Cities International runs three major youth programs which include the J-1 High School Homestay Exchange (HSHS), the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS), and the Youth Leadership Summit (YLS).

    The Youth Programs Intern reports to the Membership Manager for Youth Programs and works on aspects of all three of these programs including resource development, research and marketing. S/He will assist the Membership Manager for Youth Programs in developing content for the annual Youth Leadership Summit, along with managing applications and answering questions from members regarding the HSHS program,and organizing the YAAS submissions and judging.

    Essential Job Functions

    • Prepare handouts and other materials for the three youth programs
    • Assist with preparations and programming for the Youth Leadership Summit and Young Artists and Authors Showcase
    • Manage various member inquiries regarding the organization’s youth programs
    • Research youth programs at the local level for best practice guidance
    • File and organize applications for the HSHS and YAAS
    • Other administrative tasks as directed
    • A special project may be developed based on the interests of the intern

    Qualifications

    • Currently enrolled, full/part time student in an undergraduate program
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Customer service experience
    • Strong Microsoft Excel skills and fluency in Microsoft Office Suite
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Close attention to detail is required

     Application Process

    To apply, interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Youth). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

    International students studying in the U.S. are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internship. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Officer for visas at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at Sister Cities International.

    Sister Cities International is NOT able to sponsor visas for interns. If you are an international student not already studying in the U.S. on a F-1 or J-1 visa, then you have to go through a university exchange program or an outside organization (internship placement agency) that will sponsor your visa.

  • Finance Internship

    The Finance Intern will work mainly with the Revenue Manager to monitor and manage day-to-day Finance, Human Resources, and Administrative activities.

    Essential Job Functions

    • Coding and entering accounts payable transactions.
    • Interacting with vendors and customers as needed.
    • Processing payments and receipts.
    • Banking, filing, other tasks as assigned.
    • General administrative tasks.

    Requirements & Skills

    • Accounting, Finance or Business major/minor.
    • Outstanding communications skills both written and oral.
    • Successful completion of Accounting I or equivalent work experience.
    • Proficient computer and Internet skills, Excel and Word a plus, Abila accounting software ideal.
    • Responsive in dealing with inquiries and requests and an ability to manage multiple tasks.
    • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
    • Ability to stay calm under pressure.
    • Availability to work 20 hours per week.

    Application Process

    To apply, please email resume and cover letter to jobs@sistercities.org with “Finance Internship” in the subject line.

    International students studying in the U.S. are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internship. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Officer for visas at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at Sister Cities International.

    Sister Cities International is NOT able to sponsor visas for interns. If you are an international student not already studying in the U.S. on a F-1 or J-1 visa, then you have to go through a university exchange program or an outside organization (internship placement agency) that will sponsor your visa.

  • Conference and Events Internship

    The intern will work directly with the Director of Development and Revenue Manager and assist with all logistics related to planning Annual Conference. Duties will include, but are not limited to:

    • helping organize speakers for workshops
    • answering inquiries from conference registrants
    • monitoring and reporting status of conference registrations through online registration site CVENT
    • tracking hotel housing reports
    • researching potential vendors and facilities
    • conducting follow-up emails and phone calls to VIP attendees

    The intern will have the opportunity to interact with hotels, vendors, and event participants. This intern will also work closely with our Development and Communications Department regarding various PR and marketing matters. We are looking for an organized individual with a professional demeanor who can multitask and meet deadlines. Strong attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work independently and in a team are necessary.

    Requirements

    • Resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position
    • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program
    • MUST be competent in all aspects of Microsoft Office software; mail merging capabilities is plus
    • Strong customer service skills – you will be interfacing on the phone and via email with our members and elected officials
    • Basic graphic design skills preferred

    Application Process

    Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Conference). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

    International students studying in the U.S. are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internship. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Officer for visas at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at Sister Cities International.

    Sister Cities International is NOT able to sponsor visas for interns. If you are an international student not already studying in the U.S. on a F-1 or J-1 visa, then you have to go through a university exchange program or an outside organization (internship placement agency) that will sponsor your visa.

  • Grants and Stevens Initiative Internship

    Sister Cities International is seeking a part-time (20 hours/week) intern to assist the Membership Manager, Youth Programs in administering a grant from the Stevens Initiative funding virtual exchange for youth in the United States and the Palestinian Territories.

    The grant involves several SCI members to execute 2 distinct projects for youth that are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and youth needing special education. The selected intern will help in a variety of projects focused on grant management and administration. Candidates must be organized individuals with a professional demeanor who can multitask and meet deadlines.

    Responsibilities

    Research (25%)

    • Execute research projects in a thorough, diligent, and timely manner as directed by the program manager.
    • Assist in designing and distributing surveys, interviews, and data collection.
    • Attend relevant seminars and meetings in Washington, DC.

    Administrative (70%)

    • Basic administrative and office work, including photocopying, data entry, filing expense reports, preparing invoices, and answering phone calls.
    • Assist in preparing deliverables related to the grant including communications and reports.
    • Arranging meetings and taking minutes as necessary
    • Communicate with SCI sub-awardees regarding grant management and compliance

    Other (5%)

    • Assist with other office work as needed.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Skills, Abilities & Experience:

    • Current graduate student preferred
    • Previous work experience required
    • Knowledge of various RFP processes, grant management processes, and proposal development and writing preferred
    • Must be able to work independently and meet deadlines
    • Excellent written and communication skills
    • Ability to conduct quality research and effectively report on findings
    • Ability to multi-task and pay close attention to detail
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (especially Excel)

    Application Process

    Interested individuals should submit a resume, and cover letter to afox@sistercities.org. Application review will begin immediately on a rolling basis. No calls please. EOE.

    International students studying in the U.S. are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internship. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Officer for visas at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at Sister Cities International.

    Sister Cities International is NOT able to sponsor visas for interns. If you are an international student not already studying in the U.S. on a F-1 or J-1 visa, then you have to go through a university exchange program or an outside organization (internship placement agency) that will sponsor your visa.