ISS-USA has a variety of internship opportunities available year round. Interns can work with the Arthur C. Helton Institute, Intercountry Case Management, or Repatriation programs, depending on their interests and qualifications. Each intern will be assigned a supervisor who will guide and work with the intern to develop a learning agenda and schedule. Each internship experience at ISS-USA is unique. Specific projects for each intern are determined by the needs of the organization and the background and skills of the intern. Internships are flexible and can be modified according to an intern’s field of study, specific interests, strengths, or professional and intellectual goals. All internships are unpaid and require the intern to work in the organization’s downtown Baltimore office.
What recent interns had to say about their experiences at ISS-USA:
"Reflecting on my time with ISS-USA, I would classify my internship as comprehensive and well-rounded. During my internship, I was given the opportunity to work with several different staff members and tackle a number of stimulating projects. These projects ranged from conducting research related to cross-border child welfare, to collecting and analyzing data, to reading and exploring cross-border cases. Walking away from ISS-USA today, I am confident in my understanding of the work of ISS-USA, and more generally, the internal efforts that make a nonprofit organization run successfully." -- Katherine, Summer Intern, 2014
“I have learned a tremendous amount during my internship, from small simple skills to understanding the complex world and how organizations run from within.” – Brooke, Spring Intern, 2014
Read more of Brooke’s reflection
“My favorite moments were hearing caseworkers making phone calls reuniting family members. I also enjoyed drafting content and stories from past cases for the website to help explain ISS services. It has been a rewarding experience blending social work with international affairs and I am thankful for the opportunity to work with ISS-USA.” – Undergraduate Intern, Spring 2014
What You Can Learn:
• How a non-profit functions
• How ISS-USA works with international and domestic partners to achieve its goals
• Professional demeanor and office etiquette
• How to work with a diverse group of individuals to reach goals
• Specific skills related to the particular internship you select including data analysis, cross border social work, communications, development, child welfare best practices, business administration and/or research and program management (see descriptions of internships)
• Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or are a recent graduate
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
• Database knowledge skills (ETO, Access, DonorPerfect etc..) preferred
• Interest in non-profit work, social work, and/or international work
• Organized and flexible
• Strong attention to detail
• Willingness to learn
How to Apply:
See current internship opportunities with ISS-USA
Email your resume, cover letter, and a sample writing piece (of at least 3-5 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please follow the application instructions within each individual internship posting to ensure you send your application to the appropriate contact.
- All opportunities require working in our downtown Baltimore office.
- Internships are available for school credit (this needs to be negotiated between the intern and his school) or for non-credit.
- We ask that you work a minimum of 10 hours per week.
- Internships can be held for a semester or for the entire academic year. Summer internships are also available.
- All internships are unpaid.