Currently Seeking Interns!
Current Needs Summer/Fall 2020
The Council is seeking 1-2 interns to assist with the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP Program). Internships will be on a virtual basis at this time.
The Opportunity: Working with the World Affairs Council of Saint Louis is a challenging opportunity for undergraduate/graduate students wishing to gain experience in international affairs and business. You will be working with highly experienced business and academic professionals in the region, researching & developing programs for global audiences sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Exposure to senior executives from Boeing, Bayer, Emerson, and many other leading corporations in our region makes this a career-enhancing opportunity.
This is an unpaid internship, but most universities recognize the internship for academic credit depending on your weekly hours.
What We Do
- Work with the U.S. State Department to deliver socially impactful, custom programs through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). This program brings professional visitors from other countries to the United States (and to St. Louis) for cultural and professional exchanges.
- Partner with Saint Louis University to present Academic World Quest, a competition for high- school-age students to demonstrate knowledge of current world
- Educate the community through Great Decisions, a free series of videos and discussion
- Honor the region’s leaders through Gateway Globes and International Humanitarian of the Year awards.
- Connect St. Louis to the world, via guest speakers, corporate tours, and special events.
- Internships are unpaid. Undergraduate or graduate students may intern with the World Affairs Council of St. Louis for class credit relevant to the internship.
- Minimum time commitment of 8 hours/week on a reasonably consistent schedule as mutually agreed upon.
- Interns must have effective communication skills (written and oral) in English as well as interpersonal & team skills, time management abilities, and cross-cultural competence.
- Interns will need to use their own personal devices and internet service to perform these these functions.
- Interns may, at times, be asked to assist with the planning and execution of any of the Council’s other programs and Council administrative needs.
What You Would Do
- Research, update and organize data in the State Department’s IVLP database and Council files as to St. Louis contacts and organizations.
- Research and create data files of cultural and virtual events in St. Louis for inclusion in IVLP program
- Brainstorm and execute ideas for virtual engagement of participants. Video filming/editing skills a plus!
- Identify potential IVLP programs on the State Department site that would be suitable for St. Louis; draft proposals for such programs; engage with National Programming Agency program officers
- Contact local business resources, type agendas for awarded program, prepare thank you notes to resources.
- Maintain Dinner Diplomats (local host families) database; contact Council
- Assist in setting up and conducting virtual professional meetings and cultural events for IVLP participants such as acting as a backup for meeting/tech assistance, moderating questions, scheduling of participants; observe professional meetings
World Affairs Council interns receive valuable experience in researching and designing programs, use of the Internet, database maintenance and design, web design, social media and global virtual meetings. World Affairs interns complete their internship with greater knowledge of international diplomatic endeavors by the Department of State. The World Affairs Council (WAC) has decades of experience in hosting programs on a wide-variety of topics, including journalism, social justice, entrepreneurship, terrorism, agricultural development, etc.