Intern, IYLEP
World Learning - Washington, DC

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Internship Announcement
The International Development & Exchange Programs of World Learning has an immediate opening for a volunteer Intern for the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for undergraduate students. World Learning is an 80-year-old global non-profit organization with operations in 77 countries. Through its award-winning international education programs – The Experiment in International Living, the SIT Graduate Institute, SIT Study Abroad and the International Honors Program (IHP) – World Learning fosters global citizenship by connecting over 3,000 young ambassadors annually across cultural differences and social barriers. Through its International Development & Exchange Programs, World Learning practices what it teaches, undertaking community-driven international development, training and exchange projects in sixteen countries.

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Position Title: Intern
Reports to: Senior Program Associate, Youth Programs
Location: Washington, D.C.
Start Date: End of May/Start of June to August 20, 2012
Compensation: Unpaid
Duration: 3 months with the possibility of an extension
Hours: 32-40 hr/week

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for undergraduate students is sponsored and funded by the US Embassy, Baghdad and administered by World Learning. The IYLEP for undergraduate students is designed to enable highly-motivated undergraduate students from Iraq to attend an intensive summer leadership program at a U.S. host university. Each student will participate in a six-week leadership program that will provide training and instruction in leadership development, diversity, civic engagement, and American culture, history and society.

Students are hosted at one of four universities throughout the United States, where they focus on a unique thematic topic through classroom instruction, site visits, field trips, volunteering, community engagement, & cultural exchange activities. Integral to the programs are the Orientation and End-of-Program Workshops conducted by World Learning in Washington, D.C. These events provide cross-cultural training, team-building opportunities, as well as training in advocacy and civil society development, and tools to build action plans when they return to Iraq.

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Specific Responsibilities:
  • Provide administrative support for the program;
  • Prepare and track materials for the pre-departure orientation for participants;
  • Work with other team members in all aspects of the workshops, including logistical, financial, and programmatic arrangements;
  • Assist in managing travel, lodging arrangements for participants and staff;
  • Maintain communication with participants to monitor their progress and act as liaison for questions and problems, both in person and on the Online Global Community
  • Become familiar with World Learning staff travel and financial policies to help support, track and reconcile program and staff expenses;
  • Assist in managing all logistics for the Orientation and End of Program workshops in Washington D.C. program;
  • Assist in editing and publishing blog posts written by participants and alumni on the IYLEP Blog; maintain activity on IYLEP social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc);
  • Track media coverage of IYLEP;
  • Assist in developing a memory book for students;
  • Assist in developing photo and video projects
  • Assist in coordinating and maintain alumni communication and activities;
  • Provide assistance to the Senior Program Officer and Senior Program Associate in all aspects of the program; and
  • Handle other tasks as assigned.
Required Qualifications:
  • A completed undergraduate degree in an international field or substantial work toward the degree required;
  • Office work experience and strong computer skills, including Excel;
  • Familiarity with blogging and social networking tools
  • Strong cross-cultural and communications skills;
  • Detail oriented with excellent organizational ability;
  • Significant International travel and cross cultural experience;
  • Energetic and strong team player; and
  • Experience with international student programs, event management, or youth programming desirable.
World Learning is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

Candidates must submit a cover letter and resume as soon as possible to Please reference “Intern, IYLEP” and your name in the subject line. Only finalist candidates will be contacted. Permanent U.S. work authorization required. While World Learning would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest and responses, only applicants who meet all requisite criteria and are shortlisted will be contacted. No phone calls please. Thank you.

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