Intern, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)




District of Columbia
United States


World Learning seeks a Program Intern to support the implementation of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a program funded by the U.S. Department of State. This position is an opportunity to engage with U.S. and international leaders in a range of fields, learn about key U.S. foreign policy issues, and help forge international partnerships.


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. This position is part of World Learning’s Global Exchange Unit, which implements a diverse professional exchange portfolio. Interns primarily will support the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the flagship professional exchange program of the U.S. Department of State.


The summer 2018 internship will run May 29--August 24, 2018, with some flexibility on start and end dates. Please note that internships are conditional upon availability of funding.

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Only candidates receiving interviews will be contacted.



Interns are assigned on a rotational basis to programming teams to develop, implement, and monitor the International Visitor Leadership Program. The internship may include the following responsibilities:

  • Arranging program logistics (air and ground travel/hotels/meeting space);
  • Assisting in preparing briefing books and program materials for participants, along with entering and editing data for database;
  • Processing and creating financial documents, including invoices and expense reports;
  • Assisting in developing program itineraries and arranging professional appointments for visitors;
  • Assisting in conducting project briefings with visitors on program arrangements;
  • Accompanying international visitors, as required, to appointments;
  • Conducting research to support the preparation of programs; and
  • Handling other assigned tasks as needed and requested by intern coordinators.


Interns also will be responsible for managing long-term projects throughout their internship experience and their input will influence the content of these projects. The internship program will include various professional development opportunities, including resume and interview workshops, 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
  • Experience managing multiple tasks concurrently and successfully, particularly on strict deadlines;
  • Strong attention to detail, including in written work and financial tasks;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook and Office required;
  • Familiarity with the use of various social media platforms;
  • Prior administrative experience preferred;
  • International travel, work, or study experience preferred;
  • Foreign language skills are a plus but not required;
  • An interest in and comfort with working with people from other cultures
  • A positive, proactive attitude; and
  • 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.

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