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Internship Opportunities

Communications/Marketing Intern

Membership/International Affairs Intern

Youth Programs Assistant

Development Intern

Grants/Stevens Initiative Program Intern

Finance Intern

Conference and Events Intern

 

Communications/Marketing Intern

Position Summary:

Communications/Marketing intern will assist the Communications Manager in a variety of projects and become an integral part of the Sister Cities International team.

Duties include writing, editing, public relations, social media, email marketing, press pitching, embassy outreach, media research, and website management. Applicants should have an academic background or previous experience in public relations, research, writing, marketing, social media, and/or international affairs/diplomacy.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assist with strategy and implementation of Sister Cities International's communications campaigns.
  • Create written, visual, and video content for website and social media channels.
  • Archive and classify press articles.
  • Gather weekly news clips for broad circulation.
  • Assist in writing and editing content for newsletters, blog, social media, and other digital outreach.
  • Support Communications Manager with event-related tasks such as marketing, material creation, and event registration.
  • Research and write about stories, activities, and trends in the sister city network.
  • Research media outlets, create press lists, and draft press releases and media advisories.
  • Spearhead outreach efforts to press and partner organizations
  • Upload content to the Sister Cities International website.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student. Recent graduates will also be considered.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Previous internship experience in writing, research, media, marketing and/or social media preferred.
  • Ability to conduct quality research and effectively report on findings.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign preferred.
  • Experience with video editing preferred.
  • Experience in customer service a plus.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Communications). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.


Membership/International Affairs Intern

General Information:

Sister Cities International's Membership Department serves three major functions. The department is responsible for membership recruitment and retention, identifying and nurturing sister city community partnerships, and providing general customer service to the membership. The department is the first point of contact for our members and therefore maintains working knowledge of all programs within the organization.

Position Summary:

These interns work with the Membership department on day-to-day operations, including research and recruitment of members, identifying possible city-to-city partnerships, preparation for meetings with visiting international delegations, responding to members, and special projects depending on the skills and desires of the intern. These interns may be asked to assist with meetings with member communities throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia depending on the intern's availability. Largely, these interns will assist in recruitment and renewal processes for the organization as well as new partnership projects.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Conduct research for recruitment and retention campaigns
  • Prepare materials and information for upcoming meetings and conferences
  • Website and Database management
  • Receive international delegations to the Sister Cities International Office
  • Assist with the Cities Seeking Cities program via research and correspondence 
  • Assist international communities as they consider American partnerships
  • Research and compose member related content for website
  • Correspond with current and potential members
  • Other administrative tasks as directed
  • A special project may be developed based on the interest of the intern 

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled, full/part time student in an undergraduate or graduate program. Recent graduates will also be considered
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Customer service experience
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills, and fluency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Close attention to detail is required
  • Experience living or working abroad and fluency in a second language preferred, but not required
  • Sense of humor

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Membership). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.


Youth Programs Assistant 

Do you want to make a difference and help to promote peace through mutual respect, cooperation, and understanding—one individual, one community at a time? Do you have a passion for international youth exchanges, cross-cultural communication, and program development?

Sister Cities International is seeking a part-time Program Assistant for its youth programs.  Reporting to the Membership Manager, Youth Programs, the selected individual will manage the Young Artists and Authors Showcase and Youth Leadership Summit. It is anticipated that this position will be funded through December 2018 with the possibility of an extension or conversion to full-time contingent upon additional funding.

Responsibilities

Youth Leadership Summit (45%)

  • Organize and manage SCI’s annual Youth Leadership Summit, attended by approx. 100 high school students.
  • Coordinate communication with registrants, speakers/panelists and host committee to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding conference details.
  • Assist in the recruitment of participants and marketing needs.
  • Consult with Membership Manger, Youth Programs on the program agenda for the youth participants and to arrange speakers, chaperones, and transportation.
  • Manage paperwork for student registrants – code of conduct, hotel reservations, special needs.

Young Artists and Authors Showcase (30%)

  • Catalogue entries and maintain a submission database.
  • Recruit judging panels for each competition.
  • Correspond with sponsors and participants in SCI member cities. 
  • Assist Communications Department in sending out press releases and updating the website.
  • Assist in creation of marketing materials.
  • Coordinate tour schedule and support for members for yearlong traveling exhibit. 

Administrative (15%)

  • Basic administrative and office work, including photocopying, filing expense reports, preparing invoices, and answering phone calls.
  • Perform communication and outreach with Sister Cities International members and project participants regarding the tasks associated with executing projects.

Other (10%)

  • Assist with other office work as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Ability to work 20 hours per week through December 2018.
  • Strong time management, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented, aware of deadlines, strong sense of responsibility.
  • Experience working directly with youth in programs or events.
  • Excellent telephone/writing/correspondence skills.
  • Experience in data management and event planning.
  • Prior customer service experience.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat strongly preferred
  • Interpersonal ability to work with people from diverse cultures, skills, and professional backgrounds.
  • Commitment to citizen diplomacy and peacebuilding.
  • Commitment to teamwork, motivation, and accountability.
  • Minimum of a BA in a related field.

Application

Interested individuals should submit a resume, cover letter, and any additional supporting documentation, to afox@sistercities.org. Salary will be $17/hour. Application review will begin immediately on a rolling basis. No calls please. EOE.


Grants/Stevens Initiative Program Intern

Sister Cities International is seeking a part-time (20 hours/week) intern to assist the Membership Manager, Youth Programs in administering a grant from the Stevens Initiative funding virtual exchange for youth in the United States and the Palestinian Territories.

The grant involves several SCI members to execute 2 distinct projects for youth that are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and youth needing special education. The selected intern will help in a variety of projects focused on grant management and administration. Candidates must be organized individuals with a professional demeanor who can multitask and meet deadlines.

Responsibilities:

Research (25%)

  • Execute research projects in a thorough, diligent, and timely manner as directed by the program manager.
  • Assist in designing and distributing surveys, interviews, and data collection.
  • Attend relevant seminars and meetings in Washington, DC.

Administrative (70%)

  • Basic administrative and office work, including photocopying, data entry, filing expense reports, preparing invoices, and answering phone calls.
  • Assist in preparing deliverables related to the grant including communications and reports.
  • Arranging meetings and taking minutes as necessary
  • Communicate with SCI sub-awardees regarding grant management and compliance 

Other (5%)

  • Assist with other office work as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills, Abilities & Experience:

  • Current graduate student preferred
  • Previous work experience required
  • Knowledge of various RFP processes, grant management processes, and proposal development and writing preferred
  • Must be able to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Ability to conduct quality research and effectively report on findings
  • Ability to multi-task and pay close attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (especially Excel)

Application

Interested individuals should submit a resume, and cover letter to afox@sistercities.org. Application review will begin immediately on a rolling basis. No calls please. EOE.


Finance Intern

Position Summary:

The Finance Intern will work mainly with the Director of Finance and Administration to monitor and manage day-to-day Finance, Human Resources and Administrative activities. The Director of Finance and Administration will serve as the primary supervisor.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Coding and entering accounts payable transactions
  • Interacting with vendors and customers as needed
  • Processing payments and receipts
  • Banking, filing, other tasks as assigned
  • General administrative tasks

Requirements & Skills

  • Accounting, Finance or Business major/minor
  • Outstanding communications skills both written and oral
  • Successful completion of Accounting I or equivalent work experience
  • Proficient computer and Internet skills, Excel and Word a plus, Abila accounting software ideal
  • Responsive in dealing with inquiries and requests and an ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Finance). Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.
 

Development Intern

30-40 hours per week

Position Summary:

The Development intern will assist the Development Director in a variety of projects focused on resource and fund development. Applicants should have an interest in fundraising, research and proposal writing.  Previous experience in fundraising (whether as a volunteer or paid) is welcomed.

Candidates must be organized individuals with a professional demeanor who can multitask and meet deadlines.

Responsibilities:

  • Research corporations, foundations, and other funding opportunities
  • Draft letters, donor correspondences, and other communications
  • Assist in office communication
  • Assist with data entry of donor information
  • Have experience using Salesforce or a willingness to learn

Skills, Abilities & Experience:

  • Knowledge of various RFP processes and proposal development and writing is welcomed
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Ability to conduct quality research and effectively report on findings
  • Ability to multi-task and pay close attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Development). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Conference and Events Intern

The intern will work directly with the Director of Development and Revenue Manager and assist with all logistics related to planning the 62nd Annual Conference (August 2018). Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • helping organize speakers for workshops,
  • answering inquiries from conference registrants,
  • monitoring and reporting status of conference registrations through online registration site CVENT,
  • tracking hotel housing reports,
  • researching potential vendors and facilities
  • conducting follow-up emails and phone calls to VIP attendees

The intern will have the opportunity to interact with hotels, vendors, and event participants. This intern will also work closely with our Development and Communications Department regarding various PR and marketing matters. We are looking for an organized individual with a professional demeanor who can multitask and meet deadlines. Strong attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work independently and in a team are necessary.

Requirements

  • Resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program
  • MUST be competent in all aspects of Microsoft Office software; mail merging capabilities is plus
  • Strong customer service skills – you will be interfacing on the phone and via email with our members and elected officials
  • Basic graphic design skills preferred

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Conference). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.


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We are seeking dynamic and dedicated individuals to serve as State Representatives. Current vacancies can be found here. If you are interested in applying please review the State Representative Job Description and Application. Contact membership@sistercities.org for further information.

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