Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Summer 2016 Internships

Sister Cities International is currently accepting applications for the spring 2015 internship period. Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to jobs@sistercities.org with your full name and the position you are applying for in the subject line (i.e. John Doe – Membership). Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to notify unsuccessful applicants.

Selected candidates will receive a $500.00 stipend at the end of their tenure. While the desired start is flexible, selected candidates are encouraged to start in May 2016 with a flexible end date in August 2016. Open positions include:

Communications and Public Affairs Intern

Position Summary

The intern will assist the Communications Director and Communications Manager in a variety of projects becoming an integral part of the Sister Cities International team. The intern will help as the Sister Cities International team prepares for our 60th Anniversary Celebration in July 2016. Founded as a Presidential Initiative by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, the Celebration will not only honor the 60 years of history behind SCI, but also its promising future of sustaining Eisenhower’s original vision of fostering world peace through global people-to-people relationships. The Celebration will include a Diplomatic Gala, Youth Leadership Summit, and 60th Annual Conference. More information can be found at http://sistercitiesconference.org. 

Duties range from writing, press pitching, help with embassy outreach, public relations, social media, and website management. Applicants should have an academic background or previous experience in public relations, research, writing, social media, and/or website management.

The internship will provide a window into the field of public diplomacy and nonprofit communications. It is an excellent opportunity to gain key communications and public relations skills. Start date is flexible between April and May 2016.

Intern must be available to assist on-site at Sister Cities International’s 60th Anniversary Celebration July 11-17, 2016.

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 circulation.
  • Assist in curating content for bi-weekly newsletter, blog, and other digital outreach.
  • Research trends, activities, and stories from the sister city network.
  • Research media outlets, create press lists, and draft press releases and media advisories.
  • Upload content to the Sister Cities International website.
  • Spearhead outreach efforts to press, partner organizations, vendors, embassies, potential sponsors, etc.
  • Support Conference and Events Director with 60th Annual Conference-related tasks such as marketing, material creation, and event registration.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with availability to work 20 hours per week.
  • 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 research, writing, media, and/or social media preferred.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign a plus.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Experience in customer service a plus.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample 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.

Conference and Events Intern

Description

The intern will work directly with the Director of Conferences and Events and assist with all logistics related to the 60th Anniversary Annual Conference and Diplomatic Gala to take place in D.C. this July. 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, and conducting follow-up emails and phone calls to VIP attendees. The intern will have the opportunity to interact with hotels, vendors, and event participants and receive hands on experience during the execution of the events. This intern will also work closely with our Communications Department regarding various PR and marketing matters.

We are looking for organized individuals 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.

Intern must be available to assist on-site at Sister Cities International’s 60th Anniversary Celebration July 11-17, 2016.

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, including mail merging capabilities.
  • Strong customer service skills – you will be interfacing on the phone and via email with our members and elected officials.

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.

Development Intern

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.

Intern must be available to assist on-site at Sister Cities International’s 60th Anniversary Celebration July 11-17, 2016.

Responsibilities

  • Research corporations, foundations, and other funding opportunities.
  • Draft letters, donor correspondences, and other communications.
  • Assist in office communication.
  • Assist with data entry.

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.

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to jobs@sistercities.org with “Summer 2016 Development Internship” in the subject line. 

Finance Intern

Position Summary

The Finance Intern will work mainly with the Revenue Coordinator to monitor and manage day-to-day Finance, Human Resources, and Administrative activities.

Intern must be available to assist on-site at Sister Cities International’s 60th Anniversary Celebration July 11-17, 2016.

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.
  • Availability to work 20 hours per week.

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to jobs@sistercities.org with “Summer 2016 Finance Internship” in the subject line.

Operations Intern

Position Summary

The Operations Intern will work mainly with the Revenue Coordinator to monitor and manage day-to-day administrative and operational activities. 

Intern must be available to assist on-site at Sister Cities International’s 60th Anniversary Celebration July 11-17, 2016.

Essential Job Functions

  • Providing administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office.
  • General administrative tasks.
  • Maintain contact lists.
  • Maintain a filing system.
  • Answering and directing phone calls.
  • Proofreading documents for spelling, grammar and layout, making appropriate changes.

Requirements & Skills

  • Strong phone skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and move between various tasks as well as multitask when needed.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of Pivot Tables and Data Filters in Excel.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and customer service orientation to provide support for SCI’s members.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce is highly regarded.
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills.
  • Availability to work 10-20 hours per week.

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to jobs@sistercities.org with “Summer 2016 Operations Internship” in the subject line.

Youth Programs Intern

Position Summary

Sister Cities International runs three major youth programs which include the High School Homestay Exchange, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS), and the Youth Leadership Summit (held this July in Washington, DC). The summer Youth Programs Intern will mainly work on logistical planning and curriculum development for the Youth Leadership Summit. He/She will also help the Membership Manager with managing applications and questions from members regarding the high school homestay program for the 2016/2017 school year and the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS), along with researching topics related to youth and international exchange.

Intern must be available to assist on-site at Sister Cities International’s 60th Anniversary Celebration July 11-17, 2016.

Essential Job Functions

  • Prepare materials for the three youth programs.
  • Manage various member inquiries regarding the organization’s youth programs.
  • Research youth programs at the local level for best practice guidance.
  • File and organize paper work for the High School Homestays and Young Artists and Authors Showcase.
  • Other administrative tasks as directed.
  • A special project may be developed based on the interests of the intern.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled, full/part time student in an undergraduate program.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Customer service experience.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills, and fluency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Close attention to detail is required.

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.

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