Program Associate Internship with International Education Nonprofit

Academic Credits


Hours per week

8 weeks - 30 hours/week



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District of Columbia
United States




Libraries Without Borders is an international nonprofit committed to expanding access to information around the world. We work closely with communities to create pop-up libraries and learning spaces where local residents, nonprofits, social enterprises, artists, activists and educators can create, lead and participate in educational and capacity-building programs. By re-imagining the purpose and scope of libraries in the 21st century, we have transformed these traditional brick and mortar buildings into dynamic, digitized spaces that promote collaboration and co-creation. Through this approach, we literally meet people where they are—whether that’s a laundromat in the Bronx or a refugee camp in Jordan—to amplify the impact of our partners, expand community access to relevant and reliable resources, and equip individuals with the tools and training they need to improve the quality of their lives.


Libraries Without Borders was founded in 2007 and currently operates in over 20 countries around the world. Following our experiences in humanitarian and disaster relief contexts, we have pioneered an approach to cultural and knowledge-based development that leverages the traditional notion of libraries as communal spaces with the transformative power of digitized resources. This led us to create the Ideas Box, a mobile library and multimedia center that makes it possible to bring the physical infrastructure and resources of a standard library to any place on the planet. Using this innovative tool, we have been able to provide literacy and early learning programs to children in refugee camps, teach coding and digital literacy to teens in under-resourced neighborhoods, foster post-conflict reconciliation between civilians and former paramilitaries in demobilization zones across Colombia, and promote innovation and entrepreneurship among young adults in urban centers.




We seek dynamic, self-starters who can juggle multiple projects and feel comfortable working independently as well as part of a team. Interns must be willing to roll with the punches, since they—like the rest of our small, but noble team—will be thrust in the thick of it all. In the past, our interns have developed social media and advocacy strategies, conducted research for programs, canvassed communities to organize volunteer events, applied for foundation grants, organized crowdfunding campaigns, and planned promotional events among our network of authors, publishers and literacy champions. This is the perfect internship for people who yearn to gain hands-on experience in the nonprofit sector and deepen their skills in communications and marketing, advocacy, social justice, international educational and development, community organizing and grant-writing.


All interns will be required to work out of our Washington, DC office for a minimum of 8 weeks. Depending on your interest, you may be able to travel to program sites. Strong communication skills (both written and oral) are required.



Interested applicants should seen a resume and brief (2-3 paragraph) cover letter indicating your interest in this internship. Please send these materials to




Primary responsibilities

  • Provide general support to the Executive Director, Deputy Director and Director of Programs
  • Investigate grant opportunities for dedicated education funding; Assist with grant-writing by drafting letters of inquiry and grant requests, as well as identifying funding opportunities and grants
  • Support our advocacy efforts by creating a database of research and policy materials for use in advocacy campaigns
  • Draft portions of advocacy and communications documents, including one-pagers, research reports, testimonies, talking points and other materials to support BSF’s international policy goals
  • Collect and analyze data for research reports and fact checking
  • Conduct research on educational issues in aid agencies, multilateral agencies, NGOs, consultancy firms, government agencies and academia that pertain to BSF’s work in the US and around the world
  • Contribute to website maintenance and development (previous experience with Wordpress or similar platform is useful, though not mandatory)
  • Monitor and post on LWB's English-language social networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Support website and social media optimization
  • Carry out administrative tasks as needed
  • Document LWB's program activities through blog posts, videos, audio and other media
  • Edit and proofread our publications and outreach materials

Key Skills, Abilities & Experience

  • Outstanding research and writing abilities
  • Ability to quickly gather and analyze information from various sources concisely and accurately with unwavering attention to detail
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment with multiple and varied assignments and supervisors
  • Full command of English
  • Proficiency in French is desirable but not mandatory
  • Experience with managing social media (principally Facebook and Twitter)
  • Familiarity with Web design and computer graphics is preferred


This internship is based out of our Washington, D.C. office. The position is available immediately and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Please note this is an unpaid internship. Depending on the academic policies of your school, you may be eligible to receive school credit for this internship. We will also gladly provide you with a letter of recommendation and serve as a reference upon the completion of this internship.

How to apply?

Email a brief cover letter and resume to Katherine Trujillo:

How To Apply