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International Internships

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. They work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, they investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. They received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.  Interns frequently coordinate various programs for the organization, as well as initiating projects.



CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. They place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and decades of experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility. 


Council on Hemispheric Affairs

The main focus of the council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) is to promote interests of the hemisphere. It monitors and encourages constructive U.S. policies toward Latin America and promotes good relations between Canada and Latin America. Interns are involved in all aspects of COHA’s work.  Waiting list for internships as of August 2014.


Cultural Survival, Inc.

For 40 years Cultural Survival has partnered with Indigenous communities around the world to defend their lands, languages, and cultures.  We publicize Indigenous Peoples' issues through our award-winning publications; we mount letter-writing campaigns and other advocacy efforts to stop environmental destruction and abuses of Native Peoples' rights; and we work on the ground in Indigenous communities, always at their invitation. Our work is predicated on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.



Earthwatch specializes in archaeological and environmental internships, with an occasional cultural program.


German State Parliaments Internship Program

Èmigré Memorial German Internships in Bundestag (EMGIP – Bundestag) offers internship opportunities for U.S. and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag.

Students must be able to fully communicate in German. U.S. and Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply.


Global Communities

Global Communities is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable. Its early work was primarily in the U.S., but since 1962 it has provided housing related assistance to 80 developing countries. This organization employs interns in its Silver Spring, Maryland office. Internships vary in duration and can be arranged for areas such as computer fund raising and audio-visual.


Inter-American Dialogue

The Dialogue engages a broad spectrum of policy issues, as well as the challenges of individual countries and sub-regions throughout the hemisphere. It generates new policy ideas and practical proposals for action, and gets these ideas and proposals to government and private decision makers in local, national, and international organizations. The Dialogue offers full and part-time volunteer internships in the fall, spring and summer semesters for students interested in the dynamics of inter-American relations.”


The Inter-American Foundation

"The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is an independent agency of the United States government that provides grants to nongovernmental and community-based organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean for innovative, sustainable and participatory self-help programs."



"The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1966. NACLA provides policy makers, analysts, academics, organizers, journalists and religious and community groups with information on U.S.-Latin American relations and on a range of political, social and economic issues in the Americas."


Organization of American States

The Organization was established in order to achieve among its member states “an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence." Students work with professional staff of OAS and do a variety of jobs, including research, writing, designing projects, and administration.


The Center for World Indigenous Studies

The Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) is an independent, non-profit [U.S. 501(c)(3)] research and education organization dedicated to wider understanding and appreciation of the ideas and knowledge of indigenous peoples and the social, economic and political realities of indigenous nations.


The Foundation for Sustainable Development

Founded in 1995, FSD achieves community-driven goals through asset-based development and international exchange in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Our model incorporates four programs that support underserved communities in a collaborative and sustainable manner: Capacity Building, Grant Making, International Development Training Program and Giving Circles.  Internships are available in a variety of areas, including; Health, Nutrition, Education, Youth Development, Human Rights, Women’s Issues, Environment/ Conservation, Marketing, Microfinance, and many more."


The Middle East Institute

The Middle East Institute is a non-profit organization that works to improve the public’s knowledge and understanding of the Middle East through lectures, courses, conferences and publications.


US-Asia Institute

The US-Asia Institute was founded to promote understanding between the US and Asia through research, symposiums, coordinating exchanges, and through focusing on areas that are important to US-Asia relations.


The Washington Office on Latin America

The WOLA is a private, non- profit organization that attempts to influence US foreign policy to advance human rights, democracy and peace in Latin America.


The Workplace Project/Centro de Derechos Laborales

"The Workplace Project's mission is to fight the exploitation of Latino immigrant workers on Long Island through organizing, supported by community education, development of worker-owned cooperatives, leadership training and labor-related legal support."


Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

"The Washington Office on Latin America's interns are exposed to the dynamics of U.S. foreign policy –making at close range, focusing on the effects of U.S. policies on human rights, democratization and economic development in Latin America."


Last Revised: 11/26/2014