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Now Hiring: Global Education Assistant

This job is being hired through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. VISTA is the domestic counterpart to the PeaceCorps, giving Americans the chance to serve the local communities most in need of their help. VISTA workers are provided with a living stipend and, upon completion of their year of service, the choice of either a cash bonus or an education award to be used to pay tuition or student loans. More information about the VISTA program can be found at VISTAcampus.gov.

The goal of WAC’s global education program is to provide our high school students with the tools and skills to be competitive and successful in a global society. The program is designed to provide multi-disciplinary students with the skills necessary to be successful academically and professionally. According to the Greater Louisville Project, the Deep Drivers of economic opportunity are education, jobs and quality of place. To be competitive in today’s world, we need an educated population that is globally aware and competent. Yet, the disparity of college attainment among Hispanics, African Americans and whites is wide and contributes to the inequity in access to competitive jobs and contribution to the global workforce. This education gap, if unaddressed, threatens social mobility and stability. By working to address this, the World Affairs Council provides a more equitable future for everyone.

Duties Include:

Strengthen and solidify the global educational program’s requirements, and raise awareness about the program in the community. Identify ways for students to feel part of a community, and be enriched by their participation in the global education program. Help to build a network of international professionals and experts to serve as resources for global education participants and for K-12 schools.

All applications must be submitted through the AmeriCorps VISTA job portal.

Become an intern with the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana!

An internship with the WAC provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of professional areas such as administration, marketing, programming, education, and non-profit development; all while keeping the students intellectually engaged with international affairs through interaction with international visitors, community engagement, and participation in our programming.

The mission of the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana (WAC) is to promote cross-cultural awareness, education and tolerance through nonpartisan discussions on current international issues. We accomplish our mission by organizing and bringing high-quality international programming to our area.

Internships are offered three times a year—in the Spring, Summer, and Fall—in four different focus areas: Administration, Marketing & Communications, International Visitors Program, and Education. Students may submit to multiple semesters and focus areas in the same application.

Now accepting applications for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2018!


Expectations for all interns:

  • Schedule must be flexible to WAC office hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Work approximately 15 hours per week for 12 weeks. Hours and start dates are flexible and subject to individual scheduling needs and class credit requirements.
  • Basic knowledge of administrative tasks (i.e. e-mail, answering phones, Microsoft Word and Excel).
  • Casual dress unless assisting with meetings or events in which professional attire is appropriate.
  • Promote teamwork by sharing ideas, impressions, and suggestions with WAC staff.
  • Enjoy the volunteering and cross-cultural experience!

Focus: Administration

  • Prepare various spreadsheets as requested
  • Maintain record and filing (virtual) of membership and program resources
  • Assist in event preparations and logistics
  • Answer the phone and make calls to vendors as requested
  • Preparing documents for meetings – copying, collating, ensure good presentation, etc.
  • Work with Executive Director and other staff on specific administrative tasks as assigned

Focus: Marketing and Communication

  • Support planning and development of programs.
  • Participate in discussions about ideas to improve marketing outreach.
  • Assist with brochures, flyers and other marketing materials.
  • Support public relations efforts including press releases, newspaper editorials, email blasts, publications, and mailings for other special events.
  • Perform administrative tasks as assigned.

Focus: International Visitors Program

The Visitor Program Internship will prepare students to enter their career fields, including: international affairs, political science, nonprofit management, international business, and much more. Visitor Program Interns will help with drafting official project proposals, project implementation, and have the option to engage face-to-face with our international guests.

  • What YOU can expect:
    • Gain experience working on U.S. Department of State programs
    • Entry into the network of two nationally revered international affair networks: World Affairs Councils of America & GlobalTies U.S.
    • Professional work experience in international relations and diplomacy
    • Free admittance to World Affairs Council event programming
  • What WAC expects from you:
    • Minimum three month commitment, with longer, more intensive options preferred
    • 20 hours per week (in office and remotely)
    • Professional work ethic
    • Excellent research abilities
    • Strong writing skills and attention to detail
    • Passion for international exchanges
  • Download the International Visitor Program Internship flyer

Focus: Education

  • Research education programs from across other councils in the US.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director in developing a global education program.
  • Assist in work related to proposed Education Consortium.
  • Reach out to relevant stakeholders for education efforts as requested.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Focus: Japanese Outreach Initiative

  • Research and set-up contacts for possible outreach
  • Develop programs and workshops for outreach to schools, businesses, and NGOs
  • Assist with the Konnichiwa, Summer! Japanese Jamboree Summer Camp for students
  • Attend and staff workshops and programs as necessary

To apply to become an intern with the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana, please fill out and send the Internship Application, your resume, and cover letter to [email protected] with “Internship Application” as the subject line, or mail it to World Affairs Council, 2500 Montgomery Street, Suite 6, Louisville, KY 40212.