The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is currently seeking creative, dedicated, and internationally minded intern candidates to help fulfill its mission of convening and connecting people around global issues to build a thriving, competitive, and inclusive Pittsburgh. 


The Council’s internship program provides undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates with hands-on, real-world experiences through projects that directly correspond to its global education programming efforts both in secondary schools and throughout the community.


Under the direction of a supervisor, an intern would support one of the following core departments through a variety of tasks.


  • – Development: assisting with benchmarking, brainstorming, and content development for fundraising campaigns and creative donor stewardship strategies
  • – Marketing and Communications: creating and sharing content on social media and via email, drafting press materials, supporting the design of communication campaigns to boost the Council’s visibility and connection with the community
  • – Operations: supporting the assessment and improvement of the Council’s operational infrastructure to ensure efficiency and effectiveness, and providing administrative and research support
  • – Public Programming: supporting the design and implementation of Council events (both virtual and in-person) and podcasts 
  • – Youth Programming: assisting with the design and implementation of global learning events and programs for high school students


The internship will be a combination of remote and in-person activities as the Council returns to socially distanced, in-person meetings and events in 2022 in addition to its virtual programming. A laptop or personal computer, reliable access to WiFi, and phone are required, including comfort using virtual platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, and others. 


The Council’s internship program maintains a competitive application process. We ask that interns commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week. The spring term will be from January through mid-April and will take the student’s academic calendar into account. Interns will receive a monthly stipend and Council staff will work with students pursuing academic credit for their work.


Interested applicants should submit the following documents to by January 7, 2022 to qualify for the spring internship term:


  • – Cover letter indicating your area(s) of interest from the core departments listed above and what you hope to gain from an internship
  • – Resume


Questions can be directed to




The World Affairs Council Approach:


The Council is looking for candidates eager to learn in a fast-paced, collaborative environment who embodies our values:


Action-oriented, accountable: Your bias is toward getting things done and ensuring alignment between your goals and the mission. That means you drive work forward with an urgency while gathering appropriate information. You communicate your progress and challenges during standing check-ins or raise issues proactively when pressing concerns arise.


Optimism and flexibility: We approach our work with a can-do attitude and a spirit of “yes.” Together, we push work forward through obstacles and adapt quickly as things change (which they inevitably will!). You recognize that there are aspects of the work you will lead and others where you will follow, and you work just as well independently as you do within a team structure.  


100% follow-through: As a small but mighty team, we demonstrate a high attention to detail, stay on top of all specific tasks/follow-up items, and general areas of work. We manage short and long-term planning, consistently set and meet deadlines.


Relationship-oriented: You recognize the deep importance that relationships with colleagues and allies play in our work, and you build rapport and trust with others.


Always learning: There’s always more to know out there, and you’re hungry for it. You absorb information from your colleagues, from your work, and from keeping up with your field. If something doesn’t make sense, you ask questions until it does, and you apply what you learn in your work.


Open-mindedness: You encourage (and truly welcome!) viewpoints that differ from your own, and you’re able to “sit with” discomfort when people express themselves in ways that aren’t familiar to you.


Inclusive, community-oriented: We share a common mission but have widely varying backgrounds; The Council connects with people from all kinds of backgrounds and makes sure staff and partners understand our vision to build a globally-minded community and ensure everyone feels like they belong.  We achieve this through active-listening, never doing for and always doing with our community.