Intern, Leaders for Democracy Fellowship Program



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World Learning seeks a Program Intern to support the implementation of the Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) Program, a program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). This position is an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the program planning and implementation of international exchange and training programs, and engage with emerging civic leaders from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Candidates may be undergraduates in their junior or senior year, current graduate students, or recent graduates with a career interest in international affairs and exchanges. The spring 2018 internship will run July 23–October 19, 2018, with some flexibility on start and end dates. This is a paid internship. Only candidates receiving interviews will be contacted.


  • Prepare briefing books and program materials for participants as well as other documents and printouts as necessary
  • Assist with program logistics, including international and domestic travel, lodging, and ground transportation
  • Provide event support for bi-weekly enrichment seminars and other activities
  • Draft and edit short documents as well as correspondence with contacts and external organizations
  • Contribute to social media accounts
  • Assist in arranging professional appointments and meetings for Fellows
  • Accompany visiting Fellows to external appointments and meetings, as required
  • Record notes of meetings and draft summary memos
  • Conduct desk research to support the preparation and implementation of the program
  • Handling other assigned tasks as needed and requested by intern coordinators

In addition, the program intern may be responsible for managing long-term projects throughout the internship experience. The internship program will include various professional development opportunities, including shadowing sessions with internal and external entities and brownbag lunches on various topics relevant to international education and exchange.


  • Eligible candidates will be undergraduates in their junior or senior year, current graduate students, or recent graduates
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in Arabic are a plus but not required
  • Demonstrated organizational and event planning ability
  • Strong accuracy and attention to detail, including in written work and financial tasks
  • Experience managing multiple tasks concurrently and successfully, particularly on strict deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with colleagues, or persons with different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong coordination, logistical, and time management skills
  • Prior administrative experience preferred
  • A positive, proactive attitude
  • Eligibility to work in the United States

Why World Learning Eighty-five years ago, a group of young Americans sailed to Germany on a cultural exchange program. They returned home with lifelong friendships, a broader understanding of the world, and the ability to empathize with people from other cultures. This was the beginning of The Experiment in International Living. It was also the beginning of World Learning. The Experiment in International Living is still a vibrant part of World Learning today. But as global needs have grown, World Learning has grown too. Today World Learning operates the SIT graduate school, study abroad programs, and leads international development and civic activism programs throughout the world. In 60 countries with an annual budget of over $100 million, World Learning empowers people and strengthens institutions that help people learn, grow, and thrive. Today, more than ever, the world needs fully engaged global citizens who recognize what it means to build bridges of tolerance, respect, and understanding and have the knowledge, skills, and international experience to assume leadership positions in the world. At this moment of unprecedented, acute, international need and opportunity, World Learning is responding by re-investing in its programs, deepening their impact, and implementing a global vision for the future.

World Learning is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.