Intercultural, Global and Washington, D.C. Internships

Check the organization’s website for information on current internship opportunities. Most of the organizations listed offer ongoing opportunities. The internship office may also be able to provide contact information.


The Brain Injury Association of MinnesotaMinneapolis, MN                  
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is the only statewide nonprofit organization in Minnesota devoted solely to serving the needs of the estimated 100,000 Minnesotans who live with disability due to brain injury, their families and the professionals who work with them.  The Brain Injury Association serves people throughout Minnesota. They employ a professional staff of 44 and hundreds of volunteers who work to further the mission to enhance the quality of life and bring the promise of a better tomorrow for all people affected by brain injury.

Casa Guadalupe - Cold Spring, MN                                                         
Opportunities to work with local Hispanic community. Interested students should send an email inquiry to Mayuli Bales.  
CONTACT: Mayuli Bales
(320) 240-3322 home
[email protected]

Children’s HeartLink – Edina, MN 
Children’s HeartLink is an international medical charity, based in Edina, MN.  Children’s HeartLink has been mobilizing individuals to treat and prevent heart disease in needy children for over 35 years.  They currently have partner hospital programs in Malaysia, India, China, Ukraine and Kenya, as well as efforts in South Africa. 

Common Hope – St. Paul, MN                                                       
Common Hope is a nonprofit organization serving impoverished children and families living in the highlands of Guatemala. Godchild is a child sponsorship program where over 1,600 sponsored children and their families receive assistance in the areas of health care, education, housing, and other human development programs. Common Hope is looking for individuals who have a personal desire to serve those less advantaged, an interest in learning how a small nonprofit works "from the inside," and good written and oral communication skills. Common Hope’s needs for assistance are ever changing. If you are interested in joining their staff, you are encouraged to contact them to learn about the opportunities Common Hope has available to suit your interests and skills. Internships are available year-round in the areas of fundraising and communication as well as other areas. Common Hope is willing to work with students to receive academic credit.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) – Washington, D.C.      
 The CHCI is a non-profit and non-partisan educational organization offering educational and leadership development programs, services, and activities that promote the growth of its participants as effective professionals and strong leaders.  The organization offers summer internships for 30 undergraduates from across the county.  Interns spend two months in Washington, D.C. working for a member of congress and getting a “behind the scenes” look at how the U.S. government functions.  Interns receive a stipend, roundtrip transportation, and housing in a university dormitory with this position.  If interested, please visit their website. 

El Colegio Charter SchoolMinneapolis, MN
El Colegio Charter School is a small public high school in Minneapolis that has been serving students in English and Spanish since 2000. El Colegio engages students in challenging, profound learning experiences that integrate research-based teaching strategies with Latino culture and traditions. We provide a supportive and personalized environment so that students are known well and are individually supported to meet the challenges of high school and beyond.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Minneapolis, MN                           
HCCM is a well-managed, national award - winning-nonprofit community and economic development organization that provides training, technical assistance, college and careers pipeline, homeownership counseling, financial literacy and other resources to Latino individuals and entrepreneurs. It is managed by 13 unpaid, all professional Latino Board of Directors and presently has over 300 members. They offer many volunteer and internship opportunities.

Immigrant Law Center – St. Paul, MN
Immigrant Law Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality immigration legal services and law-related education to meet the steadily increasing needs of Minnesota's growing immigrant and refugee communities. They work to support a fair and just immigration process that keeps the American dream alive, embodies the rule of law, and strengthens families and communities across Minnesota.

Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) - Minneapolis, MN
The Japan America Society of Minnesota is a non-profit, non-political association engaged in bringing the peoples of Japan and the United states closer together in mutual understanding, respect and cooperation. Through programs and interchange, it endeavors to promote an appreciation of cultural, educational, economic, public and other affairs of interest to both peoples. Membership in the society is open to individuals, corporations and other organizations interested in furthering its programs. Various internship opportunities are available.

The Kamau Kambui Circle of Cultural Learning, Inc. -
St. Paul, MN 
The KKCCL exists to provide experiential learning opportunities that teach about history and encourage healthy dialogue regarding cultural and racial issues

La Cruz (Catholic Charities) –
St. Cloud, MN                                              
La Cruz is a 104-unit housing complex managed by Catholic Charities that offers  affordable renting for people with low incomes. The residents of La Cruz come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and include many families with young children, including recent immigrants to the United States from Somalia.  A community liaison helps the residents in providing information, referral services, resources, awareness and opportunities within the St. Cloud area.  See their website for information on internships.

Lutheran Social Services – St. Paul, MN
LSS is the largest, statewide non-profit social service organization in Minnesota with over 2,200 employees who serve in 300 communities. It is owned by the six Minnesota synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Services include: Services for Children and Families, Services for Seniors, and Services for People with Disabilities Primary funding sources include ELCA and other church support, contracts for service, client fees, local United Way support, private grants, individual contributions and bequests.

Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center – Mexico                                              
The Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center is a NGO (non-governmental organization) that seeks to promote a culture of respect for human rights and to defend persons or groups whose human rights have been violated.  The center works with local, national, and international organizations to consolidate human rights protection in Mexico, particularly for those who suffer injustice, poverty, and marginalization.  

For Human Rights Advocates Minnesota – Minneapolis, MN           
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of internationally recognized human rights seeks volunteer interns for the Children’s Human Rights Program. Interns should be comfortable reading and writing both Spanish and English. An additional opportunity may be available for students interested in global health/primary health care services.

Minnesota International Center
– Minneapolis, MN                                
The Minnesota International Center is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a mission to inspire the community to understand global issues and cultures in an ever-changing world.  An internship at the MIC offers an opportunity for college students or recent graduates to be exposed to international issues in Minnesota. 

Policy Internship Opportunities - Washington, D.C., New York, elsewhere
Policy experience is a real bonus when applying for certain competitive fellowships such as Truman, Pickering or Fullbright.  Many of these opportunities are unpaid, but they could provide a valuable experience as well as open doors into exciting policy problems. A selection of opportunities is listed below
Congressional Internships
The Hillzoo website provides a regularly updated list of internship and entry-level job opportunities on the Hill and in other DC policy circles.  Worth checking regularly.

Freedom House - Washington, DC and New York City, NY
Freedom House produces the famous “survey on freedom” as well as other programs to promote human rights and civic participation in emerging democracies.  Freedom House also houses a center on religious freedom.   

Government Accountability Office - Washington, DC and elsewhere
The accounting arm of Congress, the GAO investigates government programs to prevent waste and fraud.  The GAO has earned a reputation in recent years as a great place to work and their work products have garner a great deal of press attention.  A good opportunity for accounting, economics, management and political science majors.

International Crisis Group - Washington, DC and New York City, NY
Deadline: March 1 of current year
ICG provides research on current or potential conflicts, particularly in South Asia, Central Asia, the Balkans, and parts of Africa.  Great opportunity for those interested in international relations, peace studies and political science.

International Republic Institute - Washington, DC
Check for updated information
The counterpart to NDI, IRI supports political party building, election assistance, and civic participation programs for USAID and the NED around the world.  Great opportunity to learn about international development, political party processes, and electoral campaigns while working with interesting Republican Party consultants.  Good for students interested in area studies or political science.

National Democratic Institute - Washington, DC
Check frequently for updated information
NDI supports political party building, election assistance, and civic participation programs for USAID and the NED around the world.  Great opportunity to learn about international development, political party processes, and electoral campaigns while working with interesting Democratic Party consultants.  Good for students interested in area studies or political science.

National Endowment for Democracy - Washington, DC March 15 of current year.
The NED supports democracy-building worldwide by managing programs and funding in a variety of programmatic and regional areas.  A variety of internship opportunities exist in program support and with the Journal of Democracy.

The Population Institute- Washington, DC                                                                       
The Population Institute is an international non-profit that educates policymakers and the public about population, and seeks to promote universal access to family planning information, education, and services.  Through voluntary family planning, The Population Institute strives to achieve a world population in balance with a healthy global environment and resource base. 

Resource Center of America  - Minneapolis, MN
The Resource Center of the Americas is a non-governmental organization, founded in 1983 in response to the wars in Central America and the growing realization that there was another side to the story promoted by our government and reported in the press. The Resource Center of the Americas informs, educates and organizes to promote human rights, economic justice, democratic participation, and cross cultural understanding in the context of globalization in the Americas.

University of Minnesota – Human Rights Center - Minneapolis                                       
The Human Rights Center of the University of Minnesota encourages students and residents of the Upper Midwest to undertake opportunities for practical experience related to international human rights.  In early April, the Human Rights Center awards grants for transportation, lodging, and food expenses while working with a human rights organization relevant to the purposes of the Center.  Placements will average at least ten weeks, although this period will vary according to the individual needs of participants and host organizations.  For eligibility requirements, procedures, and more information on the program and fellowship opportunities, visit the website. 

USAID - Europe and Eurasia - Washington, D.C.
USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State.  USAID’s work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth, agriculture and trade, global health, and democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.  This is an excellent opportunity for students pursuing careers in international development.

Women’s Initiative
– St. Paul, MN 
Since 1988, Women's Initiative has been assisting high-potential low-income women who dream of business ownership. Through an intensive 20 session program — in English or Spanish — women are enabled to start, or expand their business.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars -
Washington, DC

Deadline: March 18 of current year.
The WWICS is a center for research and scholarship in a variety of policy areas including international affairs, economics, Cold War history and many more.  Opportunities for students with backgrounds in economics, history, peace studies and more.