Internships

The World Affairs Council (WAC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the enrichment of its members and visitors concerning important world affairs. Houston nonprofit internships may be of particular interest to students who can use the Council’s vast network and resources to further their education. Through Internships, undergraduate and graduate students have an opportunity to learn about international issues and assist the World Affairs Council.

Applicants must have a personal interest in international affairs, possess excellent research, writing, and verbal communications skills, be detail-oriented with strong organizational abilities, and possess working knowledge of Microsoft Office. We give strongest consideration to students whose interests and career path can most benefit from their time as an intern.

Development and Travel Manager Rebeca Becker (Left) with Zainab Arif, Travel and Development Associate/Intern, (Right) and Sam Houston State University LEAP Ambassadors

2020

Please note that the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston will not be offering summer nor fall internships at this time.

 

 

 

This policy is subject to change based upon local and federal health and safety guidelines, and all updates will be posted here. In the interim, we invite you to prepare your application for a future internship with the Council. 

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Applicants for summer positions must be prepared to give a minimum of 20 hours per week for a period of at least 8 weeks during the summer.

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Summer internships are unpaid, however, course credit may be available. 

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Applicants for Fall and Spring internship terms must be able to give 14-30 hours/week at a fixed, dependable schedule. As part of the internship and the opportunity to learn from a variety of global experts, ideal intern candidates will be available to attend and work with Council staff at 3-4 evening events per month (scheduled in advance and will count toward internship hours).

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High performing Fall Interns may be selected to apply for a Spring Internship, upon which they will receive pay in the form of a stipend.

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Due to high demand and limited availability, all internships are available on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis.

In your cover letter, please specify which department you are interested in.

Interns will work closely with Council staff in at least one of the following international departments: 

Summer Internships

Applicants are accepted for summer positions based upon their qualifications and their willingness to commit to a minimum of no less than eight weeks. 

Summer Internship applicants can anticipate working an average of 20 to 24 hours per week in one of the Council’s various international departments. 

Summer internships are unpaid, however, course credit may be applicable.

Spring & Fall Internships

Applicants are accepted for fall and spring positions based upon their qualifications and their willingness to commit at least one semester. 

Paid internships require both a fall and spring semester commitment, and are available by invitation only to a select few who have demonstrated high performance after their first semester completed with the Council. Internships will be paid in the form of a stipend.

Important Dates

Fall Internships

  • Begin in September
  • End in December
  • Applications accepted June 1st – August 30th
  • Applicants accepted for an interview will be notified by September 3rd
  • Applications submitted after August 30th will be considered on a space-available basis

Spring Internships

  • Begin in January
  • End in May
  • Applications accepted October 1st – December 1st
  • Applicants accepted for an interview will be notified by December 7th
  • Applications submitted after December 1st will be considered on a space-available basis

Summer Internships

  • Begin in June
  • End in August
  • Applications accepted January 1st – March 30th
  • Applicants accepted for an interview will be notified by April 5th
  • Applications submitted after March 30th will be considered on a space-available basis

Additional Information on Internship Opportunities

Summer Internships

Summer internships at the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston could highly benefit you in your academic and professional career as you prepare to take the next step in your international education or global career. For our summer internship opportunities in Houston you must commit to a time period of no less than eight weeks. If approved, you would work closely with a member of the Council in one of the following areas:

  • Administration
  • Development
  • Education
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Membership
  • Programs
  • Travel

We look forward to working with you and furthering your knowledge of culture, current events and health concerns on a global scale.

Fall and Spring Internship Programs

The World Affairs Council offers both paid and unpaid Houston nonprofit internships. You must commit to at least one semester and course credit may be applicable. For spring semester internship opportunities you’ll commit to between 15-30 hours per week in one of our international affairs-focused departments mentioned above.

As part of your exposure to the exceptional and talented people involved with the fall semester internship opportunities, you could be learning about the following:

  • Foreign Policy
  • Economics
  • World Culture
  • Global Health
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Environmental Issues
  • Human Rights

You’ll be part of an important and enlightening organization in Houston that has many networking opportunities to expand your horizons. We hope that you’ll take advantage of our fall semester internship opportunities.

Please contact us at 713-522-7811 with any questions about your application!