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.

Deadlines for 2017/18 Internship Applications:

  • Fall 2017 – Rolling submissions
  • Winter/Spring 2018 – Dec. 15th
  • Summer 2018  – Apr. 6th
  • Fall 2018 – Aug. 3rd

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!

Now accepting applications for Fall 2017 and Winter/Spring 2018!


Focus: Administration Intern

As an Administration Intern, you will have the opportunity to develop strong organizational, communication, and computer skills; practical skills that are necessary for any work. The intern will have the following responsibilities:

  • 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 & Communications

Assist with events preparation and marketing efforts. Responsibilities will include:

  • 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 (3 available)

As an International Visitors Program (IVP) Intern, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Assist WAC staff with logistical arrangements of international visitors’ cultural and professional program.
  • Arrange hotel and home-stay accommodations.
  • Greet visitors at the airport and assist in their departure.
  • Research professional appointments and internships.
  • Research and develop cultural activities for participants.
  • Participate in cross-cultural activities with visitors and staff.
  • Accompany international delegations to meetings and site visits.
  • Perform administrative tasks as requested.

Focus: Education Program

As an Education Program Intern, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • 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.

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 contact@worldkentucky.org with “Internship Application” as the subject line, or mail it to World Affairs Council, 2500 Montgomery Street, Suite 6, Louisville, KY 40212.