World Affairs Council

Fall Internships 2020

The World Affairs Council has a 65-year history of advancing global understanding and engagement throughout greater Seattle. We envision a community that is connected, actively engaged, and inspired to create change in the world. The Council has long dedicated itself to fostering dialogue and debate about critical global issues. This is achieved through public events, Global Classroom programming for K-12 educators and students, and diplomacy initiatives that engage international delegations with our community. Our platform connects civic, academic, corporate, and individual members around world issues. We are part of a vibrant global city; our goal is to ensure that Seattle is visible, engaged, and globally aware.

Volunteer interns are a critical part of the World Affairs Council and will contribute to its mission while gaining hands-on work experience. The Council is seeking committed and goal-oriented volunteer interns to work in programming, development, and communications. Interns will each be assigned to one program or department and will have the opportunity to complete projects that may be used in a work portfolio or for academic credit.

General information:

  • This announcement is for fall interns with start dates in August and September 2020. To apply for an internship starting in 2021, contact
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent stay home orders in Washington state, certain aspects of the internship program have changed to reflect the reality of the situation, including opportunities for remote internships, reduced work hours, and altered projects. If contacted for a phone screen or interview, you will be briefed on current policy and practice.
  • How many internships are available as well as what department they fall under are based off of confirmed programming and other factors. This often takes time and prevents us from advertising each individual opportunity. If contacted for a phone screen or interview, you will be briefed on current offerings.
  • All positions are open until filled. Early applicants will be given priority, though applicants may not be contacted until later in the season.
  • This is an unpaid internship.
  • See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.


  • A minimum twelve-week commitment of 12-20 in-office hours each week. Applications for six or nine-month commitments are strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in international relations.
  • Fluent written and conversational English.
  • Practical experience with Microsoft Office.
  • Professional attire and demeanor.
  • Excellent time management, organization, and attention to detail.
  • No education requirement – the World Affairs Council does not require applicants to be current students. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and education levels.
  • Located in or around the Seattle area, or ability to relocate. Under normal circumstance, all internships would happen in-person at our office in downtown Seattle. We hope to return to that policy as soon as possible.

Interns will be placed on one of the following teams:

International Visitor Program: Research, Writing & Program Planning

The International Visitor Program (IVP) coordinates professional programs for State Department-sponsored international delegates visiting the Puget Sound region. Interns support the IVP team by researching, writing and editing proposals and itineraries for upcoming projects. Benefits include accompanying international visitors to meetings with local professionals, networking, learning about organizations across all fields in the greater Seattle area, experience in the nonprofit sector, and developing professional skills in international education and exchange.

Tasks include:

  • Accompanying international visitors to meetings with local professional resources.
  • Researching local resources and drafting proposals for upcoming programs.
  • Compiling and editing visitor itineraries.
  • Preparing and assembling welcome packets and programs.
  • Producing marketing materials including the IVP marketing and communications.
  • Contributing to the Council by writing and uploading reports about meetings with international visitors.
  • Maintaining the IVP database using Salesforce.
  • Supporting the World Affairs Council with daily operations.
  • Contributing to the World Affairs Council blog.

Community Events: Event Logistics & Marketing

Community Events interns assist in coordinating all aspects of World Affairs Council events. Interns will work with the Community Events Coordinator in researching and planning stages, as well as day-of logistics for all World Affairs Council public events.  Events include lectures, panel discussions, town-hall meetings, discussion groups, trivia nights, and networking receptions.

Tasks include:

  • Coordinating event logistics: developing outreach strategies, booking venues, and overseeing details of event production, event registration, and speaker correspondence.
  • Researching and proposing ideas for new programs.
  • Attending Council events and facilitating event implementation.
  • Promoting and publicizing World Affairs Council programs: researching new marketing techniques and helping with placement of advertisements, flyer distribution, and collaboration with local organizations.

Global Classroom: Outreach to K-12 teachers and students

Global Classroom connects teachers and students with international resources, ideas and people. Intern responsibilities may include: drafting bi-weekly newsletters; performing extensive research to prepare teacher resource packets on various global topics; assistance at professional development programs; and much more. Interns will learn about the nonprofit world, education for global citizenship, k-12 professional development, and outreach strategies.

Tasks include:

  • Researching curriculum and resources to supplement professional development programs for educators.
  • Attending Global Classroom programs to assist with registration and other logistical event tasks.
  • Drafting biweekly e-mail newsletters for teachers and students.
  • Using e-mail, phone, Twitter, and Facebook for outreach about Global Classroom events, programs, and initiatives.
  • Assisting with logistics for the World Citizen Essay Contest and World Educator Award.
  • Contributing to the World Affairs Council blog.
  • Preparing promotional materials such as flyers and posters for upcoming GC programs.
  • Maintaining Global Classroom contacts in the Salesforce database.
  • Posting and updating Global Classroom events and teacher resources on the World Affairs Council website.

Development: Donor and member relations

Development interns support and learn about donor and community engagement tactics with the World Affairs Council, a membership organization dedicated to educating and involving the community in global issues. Interns will be part of creating an excellent customer experience for donors and members of the Council.

Tasks include:

  • Preparing prompt and professional correspondence.
  • Executing communications projects such as online newsletters and web updates.
  • Maintaining donor records and creating and running reports in Salesforce database.
  • Supporting staff in preparation and execution of donor and member events.

Communications: Marketing, Branding, Graphic Design, Social Media, Photography, Copywriting and Editing, Internal and External Communications

Communications interns provide internal and external communications support for the World Affairs Council. Interns will learn about marketing design, messaging, social media, outreach strategies, and professional communications.

Tasks include:

  • Drafting and editing copy for publication on the website, social media, and event materials.
  • Working with staff to keep track of, and post to, social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
  • Contributing to the World Affairs Council blog.
  • Liaising between departments within the Council, ensuring a harmonious branding strategy.
  • Drafting press releases and developing press materials.
  • Monitoring external press and social media channels relevant to the World Affairs Council.

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