Jobs and Internships

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Sister Cities International’s jobs and internships are the perfect opportunity to join the citizen diplomacy movement and work with Sister City members all over the world.

Are you interested in citizen diplomacy, international relations, or nonprofit work?

Do you enjoy working with volunteers and employees in the field who make a difference in their communities?

Then join us today to help us promote peaceone individual, one community at a time through the power of Sister Cities.

Job Positions

  • Advancement, Individual Donor and Major Gifts Officer

    Advancement, Individual Donor and Major Gifts Officer, Sister Cities International

    Location: Washington DC

    Reports to: President/CEO

    Status: Full-time, exempt

    Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, prompt submission strongly encouraged

    Position Summary:

    The Advancement, Individual Donor and Major Gifts Officer will lead and implement a moves management fund development program to raise $500,000 in 2019 in individual donor revenue for Sister Cities International (SCI) and assist in initiating a planned giving program for its affiliated Foundation. The officer will work with the President/CEO to accelerate the expansion of all elements of SCI’s individual giving program, with an emphasis on donor retention and stewardship, strengthening and growing relationships with major donors, and expanding the donor base. Reporting directly to President and CEO, the Officer is responsible for managing and growing its primary donor base, the Global Leader Circle, (with a focus on $5,000 annual gifts or more); identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gift prospects ($10,000+); conducting an annual appeal targeted at donor base expansion; developing an ongoing online giving outreach program and tools; educating donors regarding SCI’s program goals; developing relationships with donors and prospective donors, representing SCI through cultivation and stewardship efforts and events. Additionally, this officer will work with the President/CEO and SCI Foundation Trustees to grow its Leadership Alumni Association planned giving program outreach. This position focuses on developing relationships for the current and long-term sustainability of the organization. This is an exciting opportunity for a professional who has run successful individual giving programs, enjoys combining high-level strategy with hands-on implementation, thrives in a diverse workplace, and is energized by the prospect of joining a team of colleagues who have a proven commitment to fundraising and a shared passion for the work of Sister Cities International.

    Position responsibilities:

    • Manage and grow SCI’s principal individual moves management annual fundraising program, the Global Leader Circle. Cultivate at least 100 existing major donors to renew and increase their annual gifts;
    • Develop and execute an annual individual donor expansion appeal;
    • Identify, cultivate, and solicit gifts of $10,000 and higher. Re-engage and cultivate 50-100 lapsed or emerging prospects who are no longer or not yet giving consistently at the $5,000 level;
    • Identify 40-50 new prospects who are not yet qualified and cultivate as eventual major gift prospects;
    • Actively build a major gift prospect portfolio with the goal of carrying approximately 400 major gift prospects in active solicitation cycle;
    • Monitor all prospect donor contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations;
    • Lead and/or attend donor cultivation and/or solicitation meetings and plan/execute fundraising events;
    • Work collaboratively and strategically with President & CEO, SCI’s Development Team, the SCI all volunteer Board of Directors and Foundation Trustees;
    • Oversee all aspects of each individual prospect’s relationship and timely movement through the solicitation cycle, in coordination with other team members as appropriate, with a focus on moving to a major gift donation;
    • Participate in and contribute substantively to organizational strategy and planning sessions; and
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Candidate qualifications and qualities
    A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. Current CFRE status is highly desirable. A strong interest in diplomacy, international development and volunteerism are also required. The ideal candidate will possess:

    • A track record of building a prospect pool, cultivating donor relationships and closing gifts in the five- and six-figure range;
    • A dynamic, professional, collaborative demeanor;
    • A positive, organized, team-oriented approach to problem solving;
    • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in both one-on-one and group settings;
    • An ability to articulate and present clear, persuasive written and verbal communications;
    • Poise and presence that inspires confidence in both internal and external audiences of all levels;
    • Knowledge of fundraising principles, practices, and daily operations within a development office, including: discovering and qualifying prospects and donors; initiating contact and tracking outreach; developing creative and effective solicitation strategies; moving prospects and donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation; effective solicitation and gift closure; and stewardship;
    • Strong technology and analytic skills: proficiency in Word, Outlook, Excel, Salesforce, and other applications as needed and experience setting up and tracking data management systems;
    • A passion for advancing Sister Cities International’s mission; and
    • Willing to do what it takes: Flexibility and willingness to engage in weekend/evening meetings when needed and to potentially undertake national travel up to 30% of the time.

    Compensation and Benefits:

    Salary is competitive with market standards and commensurate with experience. Benefits include vacation leave, medical and dental benefits, matched retirement savings, and FSA.

    Organization: 

    Sister Cities International (SCI) is a US 501 ( C)(3)  nonprofit membership organization founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower 63 years ago to be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds among people around the world. People-to-people “citizen diplomacy” – “promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation, one individual, one community at a time” – would enhance the ability of people from different cultures to understand, appreciate, and celebrate their differences while building partnerships that would advance the interests of all humankind. The vision of SCI is “to remain the largest and premier global network connecting people and communities from all backgrounds within the United States with people and communities around the world, to foster peace and prosperity.” A distinction from most other people-to-people programs is the emphasis on both people-to-people and community-to-community relationships, and not just one-shot connections but sustained connections.

    Today, after more than 60 years, tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in over 500 U.S. member communities enjoy more than 2,000 partnerships in 140 countries on 6 continents. Every day, the lives of millions are touched through economic development and business opportunities; education and scholarship programs; environmental projects and emergency response; arts, cultural and heritage activities; municipal, youth, and sports exchanges.

    Application Process:

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send your resume and cover letter in PDF format to jobs@sistercities.org with your name and the title of the position in the subject line. E/M/F/D/V/SO

  • Internship Positions

    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.

    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.

    • 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. 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.

      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. 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)
      • 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 for U.S.-Germany Campaign

      The Communications and Marketing intern will assist the Communications Manager on a project called “German-U.S. Climate Resilience and Citizen Diplomacy: A Powerful Approach to Strengthening US-German Relationships”. Sister Cities International and Wunderbar Together aims to have this campaign convey a multifaceted, modern image of Germany in the United States.

      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, research, writing, and international affairs/diplomacy. Knowledge of German history and language is a plus.

      Essential Job Functions

      • Assist with strategy and implementation of Sister Cities International’s communications campaigns.
      • Assist in the development of print and online marketing materials as needed.
      • Plan, create, and post regular written, visual, and video content for organization’s social media channels.
      • Keep track of all media generated by events of this grant in a separate tracking document
      • Research and reach out to key partnerships to flesh out stories to put on blog. Write and edit content for newsletters, blog, social media, and other digital outreach.
      • Log, edit, write, and publish blog posts.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Previous internship experience in writing, research, media, marketing and/or social media highly 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 highly preferred.
      • Experience with video editing preferred.
      • Experience with branding and marketing highly preferred.
      • WordPress experience is highly preferred
      • Eye for design regarding social media, graphics, and creative design

      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.
      • Intern will gain a better understanding of the history and importance of German-U.S. relations.
      • Intern will learn the importance of intensifying transatlantic dialogue.

      Application Process

      Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume along with availability to jobs@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.

      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.

    • 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 jobs@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.
      • Interest in the nonprofit sector.
      • 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 “Spring 2019 Finance Internship” in the subject line. The intended start date is January 7, 2019.

      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

      Description:

      The intern will work directly with the Advancement & Events Director to assist with all logistics related to the July 2019 Annual Conference to take place in Houston, Texas. Duties will include, but are not limited to: answering inquiries from conference registrants, issuing visa and invitation letters to speakers and international delegates, monitoring and reporting status of conference registrations through online registration site CVENT, researching and contracting with restaurants, DJs, transportation, drafting, editing, and proofing marketing messages, creating tent cards, name badges, signage; taking call minutes and typing notes up, responding and monitoring the conferences inbox, sending out packages and conference materials to interested participants, helping with shipping and developing a shipping memo, and conducting follow-up emails and phone calls to VIP attendees.

      The intern will have the opportunity to interact with SCI members, venues, various vendors, and event participants plus receive hands on experience during the execution of the events. This intern will also work closely with our Communications Department regarding various Public Relations and Marketing assignments.

      We are looking for organized individuals with a warm, energetic, and professional demeanor who are extremely customer service oriented from start to finish. Displaying a positive attitude towards internal staff and members, willingness to help, strong interpersonal skills, exceptional attention to detail, excellent communication skills, superb time management skills, and the ability to work independently and in a team are all necessary to be successful in this internship. Travel may be required for on-site support.

      Requirements:

      • Resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position
      • MUST BE Currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program
      • MUST BE competent in all aspects of Microsoft Office software, including mail merging capabilities
      • Strong interpersonal skills – you will be interfacing on the phone and via email with our members, diplomats, elected officials, and key stakeholders of the organization

      Career & Learning Objectives:

      • Event planning
      • CVENT management
      • Budgeting
      • Vendor relationship management & negotiations
      • Cost Analyses via Excel
      • Marketing

      Stipend:
      Upon completion of a 3 month term, the conference and events intern will receive a $500 stipend.

      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/Jane Doe Conference Intern). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible.

    • Development Internship

      Position Summary:

      The Development intern will assist the Advancement and Events Director in a variety of projects focused on resource and fund development. Applicants should have an interest in fundraising, research and proposal writing.  Previous experience in fundraising (whether as a volunteer or paid) is welcomed.

      We are in need of organized individuals with a warm, energetic, and professional demeanor who are extremely customer service oriented from start to finish. Displaying a positive attitude towards internal staff and members, willingness to help, strong interpersonal skills, exceptional attention to detail, excellent communication skills, superb time management skills, and the ability to work independently and in a team are all necessary to be successful in this internship. Travel may be required for on-site support.

      Responsibilities:

      • Research corporations, foundations, and other funding opportunities
      • Draft letters, donor correspondences, and other communications
      • Assist in office communication
      • Assist with data entry of donor information
      • Have experience using Salesforce or a willingness to learn
      • Other duties as assigned

      Skills, Abilities & Experience:

      • Knowledge of various RFP processes and proposal development and writing is welcomed
      • Must be able to work independently
      • 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

      Career & Learning Objectives:

      • Nonprofit fundraising
      • Cause Marketing
      • Nonprofit Budgeting & Expense tracking
      • Donor relationship management
      • Moves Management
      • Proposal/Grant Writing

      Stipend:
      Upon completion of a 3 month term, the conference and events intern will receive a $500 stipend.

      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 Development). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.