Are you interested in experiencing new cultures and meeting foreign exchange participants worldwide? World Affairs Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing global understanding and linking people and institutions worldwide. To achieve its mission, the council hosts international visitors; facilitates partnerships with national organizations; promotes global education and economic development; collaborates with international organizations; and serves as a resource for area governments, businesses, educational institutions, organizations, and residents.

Our staff members are dedicated community leaders with a passion for raising global awareness and spreading the importance of international affairs. World Affairs Council is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Become an Intern

The World Affairs Council recruits up to 3 unpaid interns every school semester and summer break. An internship at the council provides students and young professionals with valuable experience in an exciting international non-profit environment. Interns commit to a 3-5 month period for a minimum of 16 hours per week, in addition to a few occasional events. Apply for an internship at World Affairs Council to grow your professional skills, form lasting relationships with interesting people, and further an important global mission. Every applicant will be considered; Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky need your help!

Professional expectations

  • Strong communication skills
  • Willingness to attend events on nights and weekends
  • Passion for international affairs and diplomacy
  • Flexibility, detail-oriented
  • Positive, upbeat attitude
  • Ability to work with others and independently
  • Prepared to learn, research, and develop new skills

Send your resume and cover at least two months before your desired internship start date to James McManus at


The World Affairs Council has several rotating internship positions.

Global Exchange Intern

  • Research local resources (community groups, government agencies, business and political leaders, etc.) and current local issues for programs or proposals
  • Arrange professional appointments with influential local leaders for visitors
  • Create professional appointment itinerary programs for exchange participants
  • Create transportation itinerary
  • Assist with pre, during, and post program correspondence with resources
  • Attend meetings with international visitors when needed
  • Create welcome packets: visitors, hosts and professional resources evaluations, and thank you letters
  • Write engaging blog posts summarizing activities
  • Assist in other special projects as required

Global Programs Intern

  • Coordinate and plan global education programs and curriculum
  • Attend programs and assist with implementation
  • Develop program materials for events
  • Research international topics and events
  • Share Cincinnati event findings with other interns for calendar updates and promotional campaigns
  • Write engaging blog posts summarizing activities
  • Assist with other projects

Fundraising and Public Relations Intern

  • Assist with event marketing and promotional material
  • Create marketing plan an advertisement for each event
  • Assist in planning of annual fundraiser
  • Contact local businesses and community members regarding event participation or donation
  • Write press releases and media alerts
  • Research potential media contacts
  • Coordinate visual content with social media intern and web intern
  • Write engaging blog posts summarizing activities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Enrollment in Marketing, Public Relations, Design or related program
  • Examples of previous projects

Graphic Design and Web Management Intern

  • Manage and edit content on with content from other interns
  • Create flyers for events and programs
  • Create graphics for promotional material
  • Create infographics regarding stats
  • Research effective methods to increase website traffic
  • Assist with other research projects
  • Create and manage Wiki page
  • Complete office administrative responsibilities
  • Record visitor, host, and professional resource evaluations
  • Write engaging blog posts summarizing activities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in a relevant program
  • Experience in WordPress, Weebly, and Wikipedia
  • Basic understanding of SEO, SMO, Google Analytics and Webmaster
  • Examples of previous production and editing of engaging digital content
  • HTML coding experience

Though I only joined this year, I've loved having so many opportunities to learn more about global issues from people directly involved. It has opened my eyes to so many issues and nuances that I would have had no idea about. It is tough to know what information is real anymore, but the people I've met and presentations I've seen give first-hand commentary which is truly fascinating.”
- Jake Bartel, Member since 2016