Intern, Professional Fellows Congress

World Learning

Program Intern, Professional Fellows Congress

World Learning seeks a Program Intern to support the implementation of the Professional Fellows Congress, a program funded by the U.S. Department of State. The Program Intern supports the planning and implementation of a four-day leadership conference twice per year (spring and fall) for international Fellows participating in the Professional Fellows Program, a program of the Global Leaders Division in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State (DOS).

The Professional Fellows Congress is an exciting conference that convenes approximately 180 Fellows from more than 50 countries to expand their personal and professional networks, learn new skills, and prepare for their return home after they have completed a fellowship in the United States. The Congress will amplify the impact of their exchange program and encourage continued connections with other Fellows around the globe. Working closely with the Global Leaders Division at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, World Learning handles all logistics related to the event, plans the program, and ensures the Fellows have a stellar experience.

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to manage multiple tasks, work both independently and collaboratively, and communicate clearly and effectively with diverse partners and stakeholders. An interest in working with people from other cultures and backgrounds and a positive, proactive attitude are essential. This position is part of World Learning’s Global Exchange Unit, which implements a diverse professional exchange portfolio.

This is a paid internship (hourly, $16-20 depending on experience) that will begin in September 2022 and run through early November, 2022. Hours and schedules are flexible, but a minimum of 15 hours per week is required. Candidates who can attend all or part of the Congress, scheduled for October 31-November 4, 2022 are preferred. Only candidates receiving interviews will be contacted.

Vaccination is required for all employees in our US offices except for those receiving medical or religious exemptions. If boosters are subsequently recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) then employees and faculty will be required to receive the booster within thirty (30) days of their eligibility to access the boosters.



Working under the supervision of a Program Officer and a Program Associate, the Program Intern will:

  • collect biographical data on participants, maintain a rooming list
  • coordinate with hotel staff regarding meals, A/V needs, room set-up
  • read, respond to, and organize the Professional Fellows Congress email account
  • develop, update, and edit the conference app
  • disseminate information to partner organizations and the State Department
  • assist with event planning
  • prepare program folders and materials for Congress participants
  • work at the registration table during the Congress
  • handle other assigned tasks as needed and requested by team leaders

Members of World Learning’s staff also have access to various professional development opportunities, including skill-building workshops, shadowing sessions with internal and external entities, and brownbag lunches on various topics relevant to international education and exchange.


We seek interns with excellent attention to detail, who thrive in collaborative settings, and who are committed to international exchange. You should have:

  • related work experience in event planning or logistics coordination;
  • Experience working with a variety of people from different cultural backgrounds;
  • Proven strong written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Demonstrated accuracy, attention to detail, and organizational ability;
  • Computer and Internet proficiency, including Excel, Word, Outlook and other web-based tools;
  • Foreign language skills desirable.


Why World Learning

Eighty-five years ago, a group of young Americans sailed to Germany on a cultural exchange program. They returned home with lifelong friendships, a broader understanding of the world, and the ability to empathize with people from other cultures. This was the beginning of The Experiment in International Living. It was also the beginning of World Learning.

The Experiment in International Living is still a vibrant part of World Learning today. But as global needs have grown, World Learning has grown too. Today World Learning operates the SIT graduate school, study abroad programs, and leads international development and civic activism programs throughout the world.

In 60 countries with an annual budget of over $100 million, World Learning empowers people and strengthens institutions that help people learn, grow, and thrive.

Today, more than ever, the world needs fully engaged global citizens who recognize what it means to build bridges of tolerance, respect, and understanding and have the knowledge, skills, and international experience to assume leadership positions in the world. At this moment of unprecedented, acute, international need and opportunity, World Learning is responding by re-investing in its programs, deepening their impact, and implementing a global vision for the future.


World Learning is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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