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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.

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.


Global Reentry Program Intern 

We are looking for an intern eager to engage with programs supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Global Reentry offers career services, peer support, networking opportunities, and access to other resources for RPCVs who are in need of support, looking to take the next step in their careers, or seeking to increase their community impact. The Global Reentry Intern is an important part of these services, and they will work independently on projects that directly influence the success of the program. The intern will report to the Global Reentry Program Director and have opportunities to create content and structure for this new program. Please consider joining us! 

 

Minimum of 15 to 20 hours per week

 

Tasks To Be Undertaken:

● Coordinate and support online events, including career services and professional development webinars.

● Edit and support production of the weekly podcast “Jobs with Jodi.” 

● Communicate with webinar and podcast guests to support scheduling. 

● Track webpage views and attendance of online events.

● Research, identify, and compile online learning resources for professional development that can be linked to NPCA resource pages.

● Develop social media posts to promote events and highlight new Global Reentry offerings and resources.

 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

● Ability to quickly learn webpage, audio and video editing 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

● Ability to track and create social media content related to the program

 

To apply, send your application to reentry@peacecorpsconnect.org

(Please specify Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 availability.)  


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 (through 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.


Research Intern — Domestic Dividend Task Force

Build your research skills by working directly with a team of experienced researchers to better determine the extent which the Peace Corps experience has been a dividend to our country — as President Kennedy envisioned in the legislation creating the Peace Corps 60 years ago. The Domestic Dividend Task Force is in the process of creating a survey of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to help answer this question. We know that information exists in the literature that helps answer this question, and as a first step the research intern will review and tabulate available materials. 

We are looking for someone with an inquisitive mind that enjoys finding information from a variety of literature resources to help answer important questions and enhance knowledge. Applicants should also have analytical aptitude and skill; the capacity to work independently and follow through with clear, concise, and concrete tasks; and have an appreciation for how such an undertaking can be beneficial in their academic and career development.

 

Tasks to Be Undertaken:

● Review the literature, including books and articles, which provides information on RPCV successes and impact upon their return to the USA.

● Document findings and help in the design of categories — such as public and private leadership/service, volunteering, entrepreneurship, board membership, etc. — which help to illustrate impact on our society. 

● Review and document NPCA awards which illustrate significant accomplishments as a consequence of a rigorous vetting process.   

● Seek and document testimonials from institutions who have found RPCVs providing outstanding service.

 

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, send your application to dan@peacecorpsconnect.org