Internship Site Spotlight: International Affairs

When it comes to internships in Washington, DC, TFAS has been able to provide our students with some amazing opportunities over the years. Between our Capital Semester programs in the fall and spring and our four summer institutes, we place over 500 undergraduate students in a wide variety of internships throughout out the DC metro area every year. In today’s post, we are featuring a few internship sites that have provided excellent internship opportunities for students participating in the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems International Affairs track.

United States Coast Guard: The US Coast Guard’s Office of International Affairs advises, informs and assists the Commandant on strategies, foreign policy matters and the general impact of Coast Guard programs and operations on international affairs. Interns have drafted policy papers, prepared pre-trip briefings, and researched security issues around the world.

For the past few years, TFAS interns have helped them accomplish this mission. Last summer, Peter Costa, now a junior political science major at Davidson College, interned at the US Coast Guard through the ICPES program. When asked about his time in the office, he said, “It was a valuable experience that will help me in the future.” Internship opportunities like this serves as a great stepping stone to future internships and full time employment.

World Learning: World Learning does exactly what their motto says: “Bridging cultures. Transforming Lives.”  Through their numerous education, exchange and development programs, the organization cultivates global leadership and social innovation. 

Over the past five years, TFAS interns have been working with World Learning’s Capacity Building Services department to support the U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Department of State in training, education and capacity building with a wide array of services from policy research to social media and website development.

According to Hiba Khalil, an internship supervisor at World Learning, “this internship program is an excellent opportunity for young people to get involved and learn more about organizations and sectors in Washington, DC.” 
With Internship opportunities and supervisors like these, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
Here a few other examples of past internship sites that have hosted ICPES interns participating in the international affairs track:

  • Atlas Economic Research Foundation
  • Brazilian Information Center
  • Educational Initiative for Central and Eastern Europe
  • Foreign Embassies
  • Potomac Institute

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