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.

    General Requirements

    • 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

    Contact Us

    Want to join our team as an intern?

    Contact Susan Lore at susanlore@wacstl.org for inquiries, questions, and to apply. Click to download the application.

    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.

     Join our team and gain experience working for a leading global non-for-profit organization!

    Read about past interns' experiences working for the World Affairs Council:
    As an international student and International Business major I have always been looking to find a work experience that let me see the efforts and relations between the U.S and the rest of the world are done. In the WAC I have had the experience of knowing how it to work in a nonprofit organization which its main goal is to create an understanding between the global culture, policy, and business. I think this is important nowadays due to the constant international issues that they are arising worldwide. The understanding and relationships between nations are key to promote the respect and peace every human deserves. This internship also made me realized how much work behind the organization and the amount of effort every person here puts to create events where people from St. Louis and other countries or nationalities can enjoy and at the same time learned from a different culture. At my last internship I worked directly with people who had been affected by wars or displaced of their home because of a political conflict, at the World Affairs Council my experience was mainly to see how is the administrative part of this organizations, going to meetings, meeting people that work for the Department Of State gave me the right perspective of what I want to pursue for my career on the next years. Working with refugees and having the experience of the WAC gave me more reasons to pursue an International Law degree, my passion for international relations and justice worldwide. I highly recommend this internship, the people working here are wonderful and they are always willing to help you learn and have a good time while working here. As a Mexican, I am aware that nowadays these kinds of institutions that support peaceful understanding between nations are highly needed for the American people and worldwide.
    Coral E. Alonso
    Intern
    As an intern, I had a great time at the World Affairs Council of St. Louis. I interned for 4 months and I learned a lot about how non-profit organizations work and the WAC internal and functioning system. During that time I worked on different projects and all of them had brought me new knowledge and skills. The working environment has been awesome and I had the chance to also be part of some of the events that the WAC was organizing during that period of time like the Chinese New Year or attending IVLP meetings. Some of the projects that I worked on were researching cultural activities and events in the Saint Louis area, creating agendas, brochures, and welcome packets for foreign visitors, learning and interacting with global affairs to learn more about international diplomacy, relations, and politics, and manage and update the individual membership and the organization’s membership. Overall it has been an incredible experience and I know that everything that I learned during the internship is going to help in my future. Being part of the WAC for a little period of time brought me personal growth and more consciousness. It also prepared me to get into professional life, which is the next step for me. In June I will start working in a consulting company in St. Louis area and I will try to use all those tools and skills that the WAC had provided me, as well as the information that I absorbed from them to be a good professional.
    Marina Vela
    Intern