Internship Opportunities

Internships are open for Fall 2022

WorldChicago offers a unique opportunity for college students, graduate students, and recent grads with an interest in international affairs to gain hands-on experience and insight into citizen and public diplomacy initiatives of the U.S. government. Interns are integral members of the WorldChicago team. Through a mix of short- and long-term projects, interns develop their communications, research, events, nonprofit, and public diplomacy skills. Volunteer internship roles on a full or part-time basis will last for 3 to 4 months. International Programs

Adult International Visitor Programming

Assist in the management of various U.S. Department of State and other federal government-sponsored international exchange programs, including the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, Professional Fellows Program, and Youth Exchange Programs; USAID’s Community Connections Program; Library of Congress-sponsored Open World Leadership; and other special projects. Day-to-day tasks to support the above exchange programs include:

· Research local resources and issues for programs

· Write proposals for upcoming programs

· Prepare local programs and welcome packets

· Coordinate professional appointments, roundtable discussions, field visits, and tours

· Accompanying international delegations to professional and cultural activities in Chicago

· Assist in contacting and confirming homestay hosts

· Database maintenance

· Research new program opportunities and funding sources

· Assist in the preparation of new grant initiatives

Internships are open for Fall 2022 - International Youth Programs

Assist in the planning and implementation of U.S. Department of State-sponsored Youth Leadership Exchange Programs for international high school and college students. Day-to-day tasks include:

· Research local resources for select program themes

· Coordinate youth-focused meetings, discussions, field visits, and tours around select program themes

· Assist with recruitment and screening of homestay hosts

· Prepare local program and orientation packets

· Assist with orientation, team-building activities, and program evaluation

· Accompany international youth to educational and cultural activities in Chicago

· Assist with program documentation, including photography and social media posts

Internships are open for Fall 2022 - Marketing, Events & Outreach

Assist in the management of events, community outreach, public relations, social media strategy, and WorldChicago fundraising initiatives. Day-to-day tasks include:

· Assist in developing outreach strategies, booking venues, event registration, and speaker correspondence for programs

· Research and propose new ideas for programs

· Support event planning of major fundraisers

· Assist with marketing and publicizing of events

· Research and follow up on new ways to market WorldChicago programs

· Update WorldChicago Facebook and Twitter pages

To apply for an internship, please submit a current resume and one-page cover letter (Word or PDF) that addresses why you are applying for the internship, your relevant experience, and the skills or experience you are most interested in gaining through the internship. Also specify the semester you are applying for; your preferred start and end date; and the days and number of hours per week that you are available.

Applicants must possess excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Research, event planning, marketing, and social media experience a plus. Internships are unpaid, but WorldChicago can offer course credit.

Submit your application to Donna Sadlicki at Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


To apply, email a cover letter and résumé to Donna Sadlicki at

Internships at WorldChicago

Virtual Internships are offered in the Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall terms and fall under three broad tracks: International Programs, Youth Programs, and Events & Outreach. Interns are expected to commit to one full semester with the possibility to extend. Internships are unpaid, but course credit is available.

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