Internship Opportunities at ISS-USA

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. If you are interested in applying please click here.

What recent interns had to say about their experiences at ISS-USA:

“I have been an intern with ISS-USA from February 2023 to May 2023. I chose to intern with this company because I wanted to challenge myself with social media creation and learn more about the non-profit industry. As a business communication major, I have always been interested in the behind-the-scenes work of social media rather than the content creation side. ISS-USA has taught me how to properly execute ideas into simple yet effective social media posts. The best part about working here is being allowed to have full creative control. I am able to create posts the way I envision them and I am so thankful to have worked for a company that allows me to express my creativity!”

            – Darae, Intern 2023

“Before I started working at ISS-USA, I was a recent college graduate with little experience in my field of communications. In order to gain more experience, I decided to look for internships, which was when I came across an advertisement in my school’s listserv to volunteer at ISS-USA. Upon browsing the website, I fell in love with their dedication to helping families that looked like me and was more than eager to apply. I fortunately got the position, and after a year of volunteering, not only did I gain valuable experience in communications, but I was also accepted into a kind community of people with a passion for bringing families together, wherever they are in the world. Thanks to the guidance of my mentors at ISS-USA, I grew stronger in my weaker areas of work and found a new sense of confidence in everything I do. I even found a great communications position in higher education, where I actively use the skills that I learned from my time interning with ISS-USA. Overall, I will be forever grateful to this organization and its people for taking the time to help me become successful.”

          – Liliana, Intern 2021 – 2022

“Everyone treated me as an equal at ISS-USA. I was welcomed and encouraged to communicate and advocate for myself. This internship gave me a space to truly explore what I wanted to do and how I could contribute. I learned about the political side of family separation, but ISS-USA really humanized this experience for me. ISS-USA has been a perspective change for me. The internship was extremely helpful in prepping me for the professional world. I feel equipped to face my next steps!”

– Hanako, Summer Intern 2021

“The most valuable thing I learned from interning with ISS-USA was leadership experience. It was so invaluable. The overall work that ISS does shifted my perspective to work on policies that could help those who ISS work with. Over the 2 years of interning with ISS, I shifted my perspective from working directly with those people to working on government policy and the effects they have on those groups of people. I really credit ISS for that shift in my thinking!”

– Morgan, Intern 2018 – 2020

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


  • 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


  • 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 or her 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.

Apply Now:

Please email your resume, cover letter, and a sample writing piece (of at least 3-5 pages) to [email protected].