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Professional Exchange Program Intern

FHI 360

FHI 360

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024


The FHI 360 Global Connections department engages with various institutions and individuals in the United States and worldwide to strengthen professional, cultural, youth, and academic exchanges and educational/training linkages. The department also works on online and third-country participant training that focuses on professional and institutional development in various technical areas.

Global Connections has an exciting opening for current students at all levels and institutions interested in growing their skills within the human development and non-profit sector. This position will offer practical experience and broad exposure to various international exchange programs funded primarily by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, focusing on academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges. The Professional Exchange Program intern will work closely with a cross-section of staff and simultaneously work on multiple tasks or projects.

All interns are assigned real-life tasks and given professional titles to be used throughout the semester. Professional Exchange Program interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable networking skills through internal and external FHI 360 events and have additional professional development opportunities that can be used in multiple employment settings.

The internship is based in FHI 360’s Washington, D.C. office and will primarily be performed remotely; however, with the resumption of in-person exchange activities, there may be opportunities to engage directly with participants in-person at various D.C. locations. We will also work with students to arrange academic credit and meet other program requirements.

This is a paid internship with a flexible schedule based on project needs.

Anticipated Duration: Fall Semester: late August/Early September to December/January

Hours: 15-20 Hours/week

Pay Rate: $18.00/hour

Location: Remote / there will be opportunities to engage directly with participants in-person at various Washington, D.C. locations

The Application Process:

Please ensure that your cover letter addresses the following:

  • The approximate date on which you would be available to begin the internship; and

  • Please also answer two out of the following three questions:

  • What is your personal mission statement? (No word minimum)

  • Provide an example of a situation in which you may have had difficulty with a supervisor, co-worker, or peer? How did you settle the dispute? (Minimum 100 words)

  • Describe a time you took initiative. (Minimum 100 words)

Skills Gained and Learning Opportunities:

  • Exposure to a large, global, non-profit organization focused on human development and sustainable solutions.

  • Shadowing, mentoring, and training opportunities with successful international exchange and program management professionals.

  • Opportunities to contribute to departmental functions to achieve goals and acquire hands-on and practical work experience.

  • Networking opportunities with FHI 360 staff and exposure to other organizations within the field of international affairs.

  • Academic credit, when enrolled in an academic institution.

  • Constructive feedback and guidance on assignments.

Anticipated Project(s) and Assignment Details:

The Professional Exchange Program intern will work closely with a cross-section of staff teams and simultaneously work on multiple tasks and projects. Under the supervision and mentorship of the Professional Exchange Program Intern Coordinator and additional project staff, the intern will learn about the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and the Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy Programs (SVSEP), as well as other exchange activities within Global Connections.

Through short-term in-person or virtual engagements to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in various fields experience the U.S. firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts while on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The intern will:

  • Contribute to the successful implementation of the IVLP in support of U.S. foreign policy goals;

  • Accompany international visitors virtually or in-person to meetings with local experts in various fields;

  • Plan and develop social media content and/or blogs to highlight ongoing programs and utilize social media to develop, strengthen, and maintain partnerships with program participants, supporters, organizations, etc.;

  • Assist in the development of project proposals, program itineraries, and arranging Washington, DC professional appointments for participants;

  • Conduct research and support the preparation of program materials for future projects;

  • Additional duties relating to the work of the IVLP focused on citizen diplomacy, non-profit leadership, and organizational operations as assigned.

FHI 360’s Sports, Cultural, and Youth (SCY) team serves as the implementing partner for the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy exchange programs. The intern will:

  • Support the SCY team in implementing the Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy Programs;

  • Make logistical arrangements for groups of international visitors to the United States, including travel, hotels, ground transportation, catering, and coordination with partners;

  • Assist with virtual program planning and implementation;

  • Produce project materials, including but not limited to arrival packets, name badges, and administrative documents;

  • Contribute to research or project activities as assigned by supervisor;

  • Organize and participate in team meetings and client calls (e.g., assisting with meeting preparation, meeting notes);

  • Contribute to project-related presentations, social media posts, blogs, reports, and/or manuscripts; and

  • Assist with project-related administrative tasks, as needed.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program in a related field of study: International Relations/Affairs, Social Sciences, Communications, Marketing, History, Government, Arts & Humanities, International Business, Linguistics/Foreign Languages, Public Policy, Cultural Studies, Diplomacy

  • Demonstrated interest in public diplomacy, global engagement, non-profit leadership, international education, and exchange, or related fields;

  • Understanding of various social media platforms and applications, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn;

  • Strong organizational, writing, and communication skills;

  • Organized, detailed-oriented with the ability to be self-motivated;

  • Professional demeanor and the ability to perform duties in a dynamic and fast-paced environment;

  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English; and

  • Be authorized to work in the United States.

Additional Details:

  • This will be a part-time internship with a 15-hour-per-week minimum commitment

  • This position will be headquartered in Washington, DC, although FHI 360 is currently working remotely

  • Intern will receive timely feedback on assignments throughout the semester

  • A mid-semester evaluation will be administered to review progress throughout the internship

  • A final semester evaluation and exit interview will be administered for the intern to share their experiences overall

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Remote office environment

  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; ability to lift up to 5 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer

  • Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail

  • Telephone, printer, calculator, copier, PDAs, and other hand-held devices.

Travel Requirements:

  • 0%

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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