Internships

Interns work closely with department heads and can expect to have a high level of collaboration with all NPCA staff and other interns. NPCA internships can either be full- or part-time (minimum 20 hours per week).

Since this is a learning opportunity, we require that interns be associated with an academic or other formal internship program. 

Please be advised that these placements are for a period of no more than three months, are unpaid, and do not constitute an offer of employment with NPCA. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all internships are remote until further notice.

Applications

Applications for NPCA’s internships are accepted on a rolling basis, but please consider our review process, which can take several weeks. NPCA internships are quite competitive, so we encourage early applications.

Deadlines

● Spring Internship: December 15
● Summer Internship: June 1
● Fall Internship: August 30

Please submit a cover letter and resume to internships@peacecorpsconnect.org (cc: other staff as specified with each internship description below). Please include the desired internship in the subject title. In your cover letter, please note your academic or other internship program, your availability and if you are interested in being considering for more than one position. No phone calls please.

NOTE: The National Peace Corps Association is NOT the U.S. Peace Corps, which is a separate, U.S. government agency.

Internships

Special Assistant to Executive Leadership

An exciting opportunity to be involved in the core activities of NPCA as a vital member of the team. Lead special projects, serve as liaison between executive leadership and key stakeholders such as the Peace Corps, affiliate groups, and strategic partners; provide administrative/logistical assistance to the NPCA team, and promote the values of the Peace Corps community.

A successful intern will be well organized to handle multiple tasks, attentive to detail and an articulate communicator. S/he will be highly motivated, resourceful and creative, thriving on the opportunity to contribute to the Peace Corps community. The intern will be proactive – presenting new ideas, proposing solutions and promoting innovation.

Potential intern projects evolve as community needs change. Project focus will be discussed in the interview and will be customized to meet both the intern's skills and career interests as well as current NPCA needs.

Interest and/or experience in community development, organizational management, international affairs, peace building and other similar areas desired.

In this internship, you will:

● Engage in and learn about all aspects of non-profit management
● Work closely with the President & CEO and Vice President to implement NPCA's strategic and operating plans
● Liaise with key partners in NPCA programming
 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

● Ability to communicate effectively in writing and via email
● Ability to communicate clearly, both in person and by telephone
● Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant
● Ability to build relationships with other staff, volunteers and interns

 

To apply, cc your application to leadership@peacecorpsconnect.org.


Advocacy Intern

This intern is responsible for supporting and building the network of NPCA advocates, assisting with Capitol Hill advocacy actions, and general advocacy campaigning. This intern can expect a wide variety of work projects that will include activities on Capitol Hill and advocacy-related meetings.

This intern must have extensive writing and communication skills and attention to detail as they will assist the Advocacy Director by preparing support materials, scheduling and participating in advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill, and assisting with videos, Twitter updates and news articles.

Interest and/or experience in advocacy or government/ political related work desired.

In this internship, you will:

● Liaise with a diverse network of individuals in the Peace Corps community
● Support and build NPCA's advocacy network across the country
● Assist in preparations for National Days of Action
● Assist with Capitol Hill advocacy actions and general advocacy campaigning
● Help to launch NPCA initiatives to better support Returned Peace Corps Volunteers facing health challenges stemming from their Peace Corps service
● Support other research, writing, and posting responsibilities
● Act as a liaison and representative of the National Peace Corps Association to community members, group representatives, and stakeholders
● Assist in daily operational tasks as needed

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

● Ability to communicate effectively in writing and via email
● Ability to communicate clearly, both in person and by phone
● Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant
● Ability to build relationships with other staff, volunteers, and interns

 

To apply, cc your application to advocacy@peacecorpsconnect.org.


WorldView Magazine and Communications Intern

Help shape the digital and print editions of WorldView magazine, the flagship publication for National Peace Corps Association. Play a role in telling the stories of the Peace Corps community at what’s arguably the most critical time in our history. You’ll be part of a small but dedicated communications team and involved with putting together a special edition of the magazine as well as assisting with other communications projects.

 

In this internship, you will:

● Assist in the planning, development, and publishing of a print and digital magazine
● Write and publish for a general audience
● Track media and promotion


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

● Excellent writing and communications skills; journalism and copy editing experience a plus
● Strong attention to detail
● Skills in researching and fact-checking
● Desired: experience with Adobe Acrobat and Creative Suite
● Desired: experience with WordPress or Drupal

 

To apply, cc your application to  worldview@peacecorpsconnect.org and include a writing sample — ideally for a general audience.


Special Events Intern

This intern primarily assists in the planning and organizing of all events leading up to and through the Peace Corps' 60th anniversary in 2021. This includes celebratory, educational and fundraising events around the country throughout the anniversary year (October 2020 - September 2021), culminating in Peace Corps Connect, NPCA’s annual gathering of the Peace Corps community in Washington, DC. All of these events serve to unite and energize the Peace Corps community and present an opportunity to share experiences and ideas to build on the commitment to lifelong service. This intern is highly involved in planning and management from start to finish. Key tasks include (but are not limited to): venue research; developing marketing materials; assisting with registration; researching, securing, and coordinating exhibitors; local area research; and preparing event materials. This intern is able to (but not required) to travel with NPCA staff for the event in order to assist with onsite logistics, registration, and other organizational tasks as needed.

This intern is well organized, attentive to detail, customer service oriented, and able to handle multiple tasks in a timely manner. S/he is dependable, creative, and always willing to lend a hand where it’s needed.

Interest and/or experience in events planning and management, non-profits, marketing and operations desired. 

                                         

In this internship, you will:

● Liaise with a diverse network of individuals in the Peace Corps community
● Assist with planning and logistics for events such as the Shriver Leadership Summit and Peace Corps Connect Annual Conference
● Serve as a liaison for session leaders and affiliate group leaders and help in conference sponsorship recruitment
● Monitor event registration and provide troubleshooting as necessary
● Help in administrative and logistical details leading up to the conference
● Attend meetings and site visits as appropriate
● Act as a liaison and representative of the National Peace Corps Association to community members, group representatives, and stakeholders
● Assist in daily operational tasks as needed

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

● Ability to communicate effectively in writing and via email
● Ability to communicate clearly, both in person and by telephone
● Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant
● Ability to build relationships with other staff, volunteers and interns

 

To apply, cc your application to events@peacecorpsconnect.org.


Partnerships & Fundraising Intern

This individual will help coordinate potential and existing partnerships and execute the implementation plans for various partner promotions. This individual will also play an integral role in fundraising through prospect research and learn fundraising techniques used in the nonprofit industry. 

 

In this internship, you will:

● Collect data and research needed to implement projects
● Work on grant and proposal research for major gifts fundraising
● Work on grassroots outreach and strategy in increasing donations
● Gain a greater understanding of communications and promotional tools used in non-profit sector for advocacy and fundraising
● Participate in team meetings, brainstorm sessions, and relevant trainings
● Other duties as discussed with supervisor and candidate's interests
● Liaise with a diverse network of individuals in the Peace Corps community
● Work across departments and cross-cutting initiatives as pertains to improving the image and increasing the visibility of NPCA
● Other duties may be assigned in support of our communications efforts.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

● Ability to communicate effectively in writing and via email
● Ability to communicate clearly, both in person and by telephone
● Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant
● Ability to build relationships with other staff, volunteers and interns

 

To apply, cc your application to development@peacecorpsconnect.org.


Finance and Operations Intern

The Finance and Operations internship is open to those students interested in gaining experience with financial administration in non-profit organizations and engaging in public service. In this internship, you will work with the finance and operations/administration team to help the department develop resources for the ongoing monitoring of the NPCA’s financial and organizational health. This position reports directly to the Finance and Administrative office.

 

In this internship, you will:

● Assist with the analysis of financial statements
● Prepare and analyze non-profit annual financial reporting for Board of Directors adoption, as well as public and IRS reporting
● Coordinate with external partners on special projects
● Present key findings to administration on feasibility studies and cost-benefit analysis for special projects
● Assist in utilizing and creating innovative tools in non-profit financial reporting
● Assist in daily operational tasks as needed
● Assist in weekly invoicing of clients for globally distributed magazine and other advertising venues

 

Knowledge, Skills and, Abilities:

● Understanding of basic accounting, Excel, and standard analysis functions is preferred but not required
● Interest in learning about non-profits
● Ability to communicate effectively in writing and via email
● Ability to communicate clearly, both in person and by phone
● Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant
● Ability to build relationships with other staff, volunteers, and interns

 

To apply, cc your application to operations@peacecorpsconnect.org.


Database Management Intern

Enhance your resume by learning and practicing skills that all organizations require! The Database Management Intern will work closely with NPCA’s Community Technology Systems Coordinator to determine and write organizational de-duping procedures and guidelines and will be primarily responsible for finding, matching, and merging duplicate member accounts in NPCA’s online Association Management Software (AMS). The intern will also use the system to create and pull reports for NPCA staff as well as fulfill affiliate group data sharing requests. Sometimes these reports may require the download of several different reports that then need to be combined skillfully in Excel. Finally, although the system is largely automated, the intern may occasionally need to update member, group, and company contact information.

Ideal candidates will have some experience creating and/or managing databases (spreadsheet or otherwise). The intern must be able to problem solve and implement creative solutions, pay great attention to detail, and be willing to take directions.

 

In this internship, you will:

● Manage a large database (130k+ records)
● Learn and develop best practices for managing data
● Write organizational procedures and guidelines
● Implement organizational procedures and follow organizational guidelines
● Find, match, and merge duplicate accounts
● Update accounts
● Create simple and complex reports


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

● Ability to search, read, and interpret data
● Ability to use Microsoft Excel (or equivalent software)
● Ability to communicate effectively in writing and via email
● Ability to communicate clearly, both in person and by phone
● Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant
● Ability to build relationships with other staff, volunteers, and interns

 

To apply, cc your application to npcagroupwebsites@peacecorpsconnect.org.


Web Design Intern

Build your portfolio by helping NPCA and its affiliate groups create and update their websites. Working closely with NPCA’s Community Technology Systems Coordinator, the Web Design Intern will meet with group leaders to determine the vision and goals for the group's website, develop implementation plans, and assist groups by formatting the written and visual content on their websites. The intern will review the websites of groups that are ready to publish their websites and provide feedback for any final changes that may need to be made. The intern will also help answer group leaders’ questions and train them on how to design, update, and manage their websites. Finally, the Web Design Intern will also assist NPCA staff with updating NPCA’s website, when needed.

The ideal candidate will have experience using CMSs to build a website as well as some knowledge of HTML and CSS. Familiarity with image editing software is a big plus. Because the Web Design Intern will be frequently working with affiliate group leaders, excellent communication, collaboration, and customer service skills are required.

 

What You Will Learn:

● Creating, updating, and managing a CMS website
● Front-end design using HTML and CSS
● Back-end configuration using an AMS
● Developing implementation plans
● Photo editing for web publishing
● Teamwork and collaboration
● Customer service skills
● Training skills


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

● Ability to quickly learn and use a new AMS and CMS
● Ability to code using HTML and CSS
● Ability to communicate effectively in writing and via email
● Ability to communicate clearly, both in person and by phone
● Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant
● Ability to build relationships with other staff, volunteers, and interns

 

To apply, cc your application to npcagroupwebsites@peacecorpsconnect.org.