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Applications for fall 2018 internships are now being accepted. Please note the timeline below.

If you are a current undergraduate or graduate student who is passionate about understanding the world and contributing to meaningful local conversations that bring a global perspective to our community, we'd love to talk with you! The IRC may have an internship available that will give you valuable experience in the nonprofit sector, supplement your studies, and put your professional skills to use.

The IRC, a 60-year-old nonprofit organization, leads conversations around foreign affairs, global issues, and international relations and their connection to the local community. We work in partnership with businesses, universities, community organizations, and K-12 schools to bring a global perspective to Kansas City.

Location: The IRC's offices are located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. While some internships may require the student to be present at the IRC's offices for the majority of their time, many interns will be able to work remotely. We will decide on the best approach as the internship gets underway.

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week with a consistent schedule to be identified with the student

Compensation: Our internships are unpaid positions; however, we are happy to work with your school to help you receive academic credit for your internship.


  • Undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate student whose area of study is relevant to the internship desired
  • Strong communication skills in English, evidenced by application materials and interview
  • Time and project management
  • Proven dependability, efficiency, and team skills
  • Creativity
  • Professionalism and integrity
  • Developed cross-cultural competence, evidenced by prior work, study, or travel
  • Additional qualifications as indicated in the description for each internship

Benefits to the Intern:

  • Practical application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom
  • Exposure to multiple aspects of nonprofit operations and an office environment
  • Increased familiarity and connections with international efforts in the Kansas City metro area
  • Stronger teamwork, attention to detail, organizational skills, and follow-through on multi-step projects
  • A complimentary yearlong membership to the IRC
  • Where it can be arranged with your college/university, academic credit for your work with the IRC

What past interns are saying:

  • "I cannot recommend the IRC enough to any college student seeking an internship. Each new day at the IRC proved to be a different and unique challenge, as I met a wide range of practitioners and experts in politics and statecraft across the Kansas City metro area." (Avery, American University, summer 2017)
  • "Working with the IRC really improved my skill set in terms of problem solving, communication, and professionalism. The interns here don't make coffee; they work on projects that really matter." (MJ, University of Central Missouri, fall 2017)

Timeline (for summer internships):

  • Mid-June – positions posted
  • Friday, July 20 – applications due
  • July 23-27 – interviews
  • August through December – fall internship

Available positions include internships in audio & video production, communications, community, development, digital resources, events, global education, marketing, membership, and social media/web. After reviewing the descriptions for positions below, please apply by e-mailing a cover letter, resume, and, if required, a work sample (see individual descriptions for requirements) to with "Internship Application" in the subject line. To be considered, applications must be complete and received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 20. When you apply, please be sure to make clear the internship(s) for which you would like to be considered. You may apply for up to two different positions with the same application; please be sure to follow instructions for each position. Thank you for your interest in supporting the work of the International Relations Council!

For many years, the bulk of the IRC's programs have been live and in person. The audio & video production intern will help us strategize and implement ways to make these programs available to a larger audience through visual and audio technology. Prior experience in video and/or audio production (including films, radio, television, podcasts, etc.) is required. With your application, please submit two samples of your audio or video work.

Communications are key to the success of any nonprofit organization and are particularly important for building the community of a membership organization. The communications intern will help to map a communications strategy for the IRC, contribute to the organization's weekly newsletter, and develop and implement communications plans. Prior experience with e-mail systems (Exact Target, MailChimp, Constant Contact, etc.) preferred. With your application, please send a writing sample of no more than 500 words.

The Kansas City community has an incredible array of businesses, organizations, and K-12 and university programs that focus on international topics. The primary work of the community intern will be to catalogue and connect with a wide range of internationally oriented organizations and groups in Kansas City as a resource for the community. Significant familiarity with the greater Kansas City community is an important qualification for this internship.

As a nonprofit organization, the IRC relies on funding from a variety of sources to support our work. The development intern will help to strategize and execute the IRC's fundraising efforts, including assisting with finding grant opportunities and writing proposals, writing fundraising appeals, seeking event sponsorships, and other fundraising-related activities as needed. Strong writing and organizational skills, combined with a keen attention to detail, are required. With your application, please send a writing sample of no more than 500 words.

The digital resources intern strategizes and executes development of existing and new online engagement opportunities for the IRC community, including the speakers bureau, volunteer center, online resources, and IRC archives. Previous experience with website maintenance is helpful, though not required, for this internship. Students of nonprofit management, public administration, or a related field are encouraged to apply.

The IRC regularly hosts and partners to present a variety of events ranging from lectures and panel discussions to special events with academics, diplomats, journalists, and interested community members. The events intern will help to coordinate logistics, registration, and execution of IRC events. Previous experience in planning and carrying out events of a variety of sizes and types a plus, but all applications should be detail-oriented and organized.

The IRC works with a variety of area K-12 schools to put on Academic WorldQuest, a spring Quiz Bowl–style program on international topics. We are also looking to restart a number of other K-12 initiatives with local schools. The global education intern will support these projects. Education majors and teachers-in-training will be given preference for this internship.

Nonprofit organizations rely on consistent brand identity and the creation of collateral materials that further the reach of that brand. The marketing intern will evaluate the IRC's current brand identity and create materials to share about our work with the general public. Graphic-design skills and abilities with Adobe Creative Suite are required for this internship. Applicants should provide a link to a portfolio of their design work.

As a membership organization, the IRC works with area businesses, universities, organizations, K-12 schools, and other interested individuals. The membership intern will scrub and analyze our member database and create processes for member recruitment, maintenance, and renewal. Prior experience with databases (Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, or others) preferred.

Nonprofit organizations use social media and web platforms to share about who we are, advance our mission, and foster community engagement. The social media/web intern will identify the IRC's current online presence, develop a social-media and website strategy for the organization, and schedule content to keep our online presence up to date. Applicants should submit creative ideas for three posts that would be well-received on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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