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
Applicants for summer positions must be prepared to give a minimum of 15 hours per week for a period of at least 8 weeks during the summer.
Summer internships are unpaid, however, course credit may be available.
Applicants for Fall and Spring internship terms must be able to give 15-30 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 2-3 evening events per month (scheduled in advance and will count toward internship hours).
Internships are In-Person only. We are not currently accepting remote internships.
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.
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:
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.
- Begin in September
- End in December
- Applicants accepted for an interview will be notified by September 3rd
- Applications submitted after August 30th will be considered on a space-available basis
- Begin in January
- End in May
- Applicants accepted for an interview will be notified by December 17th
- Applications submitted after December 15th will be considered on a space-available basis
- Begin in June
- End in August
- 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
Submit your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (something that show cases your ability to enhance your skills) to [email protected] . Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled for departments.
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:
- Marketing and Communications
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
- World Culture
- Global Health
- 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!