Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Full Time Opportunities

No positions available at this time.

Spring/Summer 2017 Internship Opportunities

Note: All interns who work 20 hours/week for a full semester will receive a $500 stipend at the end of their internship.

Communications and Marketing Internship

Position Summary

The Communications intern will assist the Communications Manager in a variety of projects and become an integral part of the Sister Cities International team. Duties include but are not limited to writing and editing blog, web, and social media content, press pitching, embassy outreach, public relations, social media planning, email marketing, media research, and website management. Applicants should have previous experience or academic background in research, writing, communications, social media, public relations, and/or international affairs. This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to students to gain experience and insights in the fields of nonprofit communications and international affairs. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Assist with strategy and implementation of Sister Cities International's social media campaigns.
  • Archive and classify press articles.
  • Gather weekly news clips for broad circulation.
  • Assist in writing and editing content for bi-weekly newsletter, blog, and other digital outreach.
  • Research 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, partner organizations, vendors, embassies, potential sponsors, etc.
  • Support Conference and Events Director with conference and event-related tasks such as marketing, material creation, and event registration.
  • Upload content to the Sister Cities International website.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Currently enrolled full/part-time student in an undergraduate or graduate program. Recent graduates will also be considered.
  • Ability to work at least 20 hours per week.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.
  • Ability to conduct quality research and effectively report on findings.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
  • Previous internship experience in writing, research, media, and/or social media preferred.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign a plus.
  • Experience in customer service a plus.

How to apply

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 Internship

 Position Summary

The Sister Cities International Membership Department serves three major functions. The department is responsible for membership recruitment and retention, identifying and nuturing 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. The Membership/International Affairs Intern will 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. Interns may be asked to assist with meetings with member communities throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia depending on their availability. 

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 and Requirements

  • Currently enrolled full/part-time student in an undergraduate or graduate program. Recent graduates will also be considered.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Ability to work at least 20 hours per week.
  • Customer service experience.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills and fluency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Close attention to detail required.
  • Experience living or working abroad and fluency in a second language preferred, but not required.
  • Sense of humor.

How to apply

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 Internship

Position Summary

Sister Cities International runs three major youth programs which include the J-1 High School Homestay Exchange (HSHS), the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS), and the Youth Leadership Summit (YLS). The Summer Youth Programs Intern reports to the Membership Manager for Youth Programs and works on aspects of all three of these programs including research, marketing and program implementation. The intern will assist the Membership Manager for Youth Programs in developing content for and managing the Youth Leadership Summit in July, assisting with the application process, and answering questions from members regarding the High School Homestay program for the 2017/2018 school year, and in organizing the YAAS submissions and judging panel.

Essential Job Functions

  • Help coordinate schedule, content, and logistics for Youth Leadership Summit including communication with participants, volunteers, parents etc.
  • Prepare handouts and other materials for the three youth programs.
  • Respond to various member inquiries regarding the organization's youth programs.
  • File and organize applications/submissions for the HSHS and YAAS.
  • Organize judging process and logistics for finalist/grand prize tour for YAAS 2017.
  • Research youth programs at the local level for best practice guidance.
  • Other administrative tasks as directed.
  • A special project may be developed based on the interests of the intern.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Interest in international education/exchange and youth programs.
  • Currently enrolled, full/part time student in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Ability to work at least 20 hours per week.
  • Program/Event management experience preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Customer service experience a plus.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills and fluency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Close attention to detail is required.
How to apply

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 Youth). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Conference and Events Internship

Position Summary

The Sister Cities International Conference and Events Intern will work directly with the Director of Development and Revenue Coordinator and assist with all logistics related to planning the 61st Annual Conference (July 2017). 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.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assist with organizing speakers for workshops.
  • Answer inquiries from conference registrants.
  • Monitor and report status of conference registrations through online registration site CVENT.
  • Track hotel housing reports.
  • Research potential vendors and facilities.
  • Conduct follow-up emails and phone calls to VIP attendees.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program.
  • An organized individual with a professional demeanor who can multitask and meet deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team required.
  • Basic graphic design skills preferred.
  • Strong customer service skills – Currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program.
  • MUST be competent in all aspects of Microsoft Office software; mail merging capabilities is plus.

How to Apply 

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 and Events). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Development Internship

Position Summary

The Sister Cities International Development intern will assist the Development Director 30-40 hours per week on 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.

How to apply

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.

Finance Internship

Position Summary

The Sister Cities International Finance Intern will work mainly with the Revenue Coordinator to monitor and manage day-to-day Finance, Human Resources, and Administrative activities. The Revenue Coordinator will serve as the primary supervisor, but the Director of Finance and Administration will assign tasks as well.

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. 

Qualifications and Requirements

  • 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.

How to apply

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). 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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