Programs & Events Intern

Purpose of the Role:

The Programs & Events Intern supports the External Affairs Team on a broad range of initiatives surrounding the planning and implementation of Global Ties U.S. programs & events. This includes but is not limited to events designed for our member organizations, such as our signature annual National Meeting, Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summits, and National Programmers Workshop, as well as, externally-facing events and partnership campaigns.

The ideal candidate should possess strong project management skills; be detail-oriented with the ability to multitask and prioritize assignments; and be comfortable using (or learning to use) various project management tools, event planning software, and website content management systems (e.g. WordPress). Through this internship, we hope to support candidates seeking a career in event planning or program management, specifically within the nonprofit or international exchanges field.

Global Ties U.S. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity in experience, background, and perspective, and encourage applicants of diverse or unique perspectives to apply to our internships. Read more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion here.

Core Responsibilities:

Assisting with event registration buildout and management

Writing and editing marketing and program materials (via email blasts, social media posts, website pages, etc.)

Building project planning timelines and action lists

Aiding in the creation and publication of event recaps

Supporting the onsite production of both in-person and virtual events


Enrolled as a student during the internship period

Previous event planning or project management experience is strongly preferred

Strong writing, editing, communication, and organizational skills

Quick learner with the ability to work under minimal supervision

Experience with productivity software (MS Office, Google Drive, etc.), virtual meeting software (e.g. Zoom Webinars), and other event or project management platforms (Basecamp, Cvent, etc.) a plus

Interest in public diplomacy, nonprofit leadership, or international education and exchange preferred

In an effort to strengthen the internship experience, ideal candidates would be able to commit to a full academic year during the Fall and Spring semesters; however, this is not a requirement


Learning opportunities to engage with the U.S. Department of State and other international exchange partners.

Mentorship from Global Ties U.S. staff

$3,000 stipend

Academic credit and ability to meet other academic program requests

Well-rounded experience in all aspects of event planning and external affairs work

Work Environment:

Summer/Fall Semesters: Open to virtual or hybrid work arrangements.

Spring Semester (National Meeting): Hybrid work arrangement strongly preferred, with the ability to be in-person for the National Meeting.

Occasional need to come into the office outside of traditional in-office days for event-related activities.

Office location: Washington, DC