Summer 2020 Internship Opportunities

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is currently seeking creative, dedicated, and globally-minded interns to help fulfill its mission to provide the region with equitable global education in the classroom and in the community. Applications for the summer term are due by May 1, 2020.

The World Affairs Council provides global education opportunities to students and community members that forge pathways to a more globally minded, globally curious, and globally connected region. Serving more than 3,000 students and 2,000 community members each year, the Council has established itself in its nearly-90-year history as a regional asset in global learning.

The Council’s internship program provides individuals with hands-on, real-world experiences through projects that directly correspond to its youth education program, development program, and marketing and communication efforts.

The Council is offering three internships for the summer term:

Communications + Marketing Internship
Development Internship
Youth Education Internship

Work will be completed 100% remotely. Laptop, reliable access to WiFi, and phone are required, including comfort using virtual platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, and others.

The World Affairs Council Approach

The Council is looking for candidates eager to learn in a fast-paced, collaborative environment who embodies our values:

Action-oriented, accountable: Your bias is toward getting things done and ensuring alignment between your goals and the mission. That means you drive work forward with an urgency while gathering appropriate information. You communicate your progress and challenges during standing check-ins or raise issues proactively when pressing concerns arise.

Optimism and flexibility: We approach our work with a can-do attitude and a spirit of “yes.” Together, we push work forward through obstacles and adapt quickly as things change (which they inevitably will!). You recognize that there are aspects of the work you will lead and others where you will follow, and you work just as well independently as you do within a team structure.

100% follow-through: As a small but mighty team, we demonstrate a high attention to detail, stay on top of all specific tasks/follow-up items, and general areas of work. We manage short and long-term planning, consistently set and meet deadlines.

Relationship-oriented: You recognize the deep importance that relationships with colleagues and allies play in our work, and you build rapport and trust with others.

Always learning: There’s always more to know out there, and you’re hungry for it. You absorb information from your colleagues, from your work, and from keeping up with your field. If something doesn’t make sense, you ask questions until it does, and you apply what you learn in your work.

Open-mindedness: You encourage (and truly welcome!) viewpoints that differ from your own, and you’re able to “sit with” discomfort when people express themselves in ways that aren’t familiar to you.

Inclusive, community-oriented: We share a common mission but have widely varying backgrounds; The Council connects with people from all kinds of backgrounds and makes sure staff and partners understand our vision to build a globally-minded community and ensure everyone feels like they belong. We achieve this through active-listening, never doing for and always doing with our community.

Sound like a good fit? Apply today!

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and updated resume to by May 1, 2020.

Please indicate in your email if you are applying for the Youth Education Internship, Communications and Marketing Internship, or Development Internship. Virtual interviews will take place in early May.

Please note that for the summer of 2020, all internships are remote. Candidates must commit to at least 20 hours per week and have access to appropriate technology to participate in remote, virtual work. This is an unpaid internship. Council staff will work with any undergraduate or graduate student to pursue academic credit for their work.

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