Program Associate, IYLEP

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


World Learning seeks a Program Associate to support the implementation of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for undergraduates. IYLEP seeks to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Iraq by providing university students with a four-week leadership and cultural exchange program in the U.S. Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the program will expose 93 participants to cross-cultural understanding, leadership development, and civic responsibility. World Learning works closely with the U.S. Embassy to manage the program, lead the workshops, and oversee the U.S. host university programs. The position requires administrative support, logistical and curriculum planning, and assistance in managing partners and possibly interns.


  • Work collaboratively on a team including Program Officers, Program Associates, and Interns;
  • Manage Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for undergraduates (IYLEP-UG) interns, if applicable;
  • Assist Program Officers in the student application, placement, and admissions process;
  • Maintain alumni databases;
  • Prepare comprehensive 2018 participant database with all necessary documentation;
  • Coordinate health insurance registration with Operations;
  • Create administrative documents needed for smooth implementation of U.S. exchange; 
  • Assist Program Officers with 2018 program redesign of DC workshop, including curriculum brainstorming and/or development;
  • Assist with programming and logistics for the orientation workshop in Detroit
  • Facilitate pre-program online course for participants;
  • Assist Operations with domestic travel;
  • Support Operations with Iraq travel when needed;
  • Organize certain aspects of travel and lodging during the Orientation and DC workshop, especially transportation;
  • Travel domestically and internationally for, but not limited, to the National Reunion and participant transport, as needed;
  • Assist with programming and logistics for the National Reunion, including curriculum; development, travel, and administrative tasks; 
  • Maintain communication with participants pre, during, and post-program and act as liaison for questions and problems;
  • Able to work longer hours during program orientation and end-of-program workshops, when assigned;
  • Design, implement, and analyze pre-, mid-, and end-of-program surveys and evaluations;
  • Manage program presence across social media platforms by working with students and other stakeholders to develop and maintain a regular posting schedule;
  • Manage Youth Team special projects as assigned by Director;
  • Other tasks as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and 2+ years of relevant experience or Master’s Degree and 1+ years of relevant experience;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Superior interpersonal, communication, cross-cultural, organizational, and time-management skills with excellent attention to detail;
  • Experience working with undergraduate students;
  • Proven written and oral communication skills; including public speaking experience;
  • Ability to take initiative, be creative, flexible, and work independently and with a team;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, coordinate activities in multiple locations (U.S. and overseas), and to prioritize competing tasks.
  • Able to work long hours during Detroit and/or DC workshops, as needed; and
  • Adept at social media and online networking tools.
  • Knowledge of and experience with proposal development, desired
  • Familiarity with Iraqi or Middle Eastern culture, desired
  • Proficiency in Arabic and/or Kurdish, desired

Why World Learning

Eighty 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.

Nobel Peace Prize winners and heads of parliament have earned master’s degrees at our School of International Training. College students spend a semester abroad in our Study Abroad program. Judges, police officers and other community leaders hone their skills through our international exchanges. Activists in Myanmar learn community organizing through our international development program.

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 employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.”

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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