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Applications for spring 2021 internships are now closed. Please watch the IRC newsletter for information on summer 2021 internships.

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 Kansas City's historic Union Station. Internships for spring 2021 will likely be conducted remotely. Applicants should have access to a computer and reliable phone and internet service.

Time commitment: 10-15 hours per week (fall and spring internships) with a consistent schedule to be identified with the student; 15-20 hours per week (summer internships), due to the shorter duration of summer internships

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

Please Note: The International Relations Council is a nonprofit organization located in Kansas City, Missouri, that works primarily with the greater Kansas City area. While we welcome participation in our virtual programs from around the world, intern applicants should have a clear connection to the greater Kansas City area. For world affairs organizations in other parts of the U.S., please check out the World Affairs Councils of America roster of Councils.


  • 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
  • A clear connection to the greater Kansas City area
  • 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
  • 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 spring internships):

  • Mid-September – positions posted
  • Friday, October 16 – applications due
  • October 19-23 – interviews
  • January through May – spring internship

Available positions include internships in digital resources, events, fund development, global education, and marketing. After reviewing the descriptions for positions below, please apply by emailing 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, October 16. When you apply, please be sure to make clear the internship(s) and semester 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!

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. During Covid-19, all of these events are digital. The events intern will help to coordinate logistics, registration, and execution of IRC events. Previous experience in planning and carrying out events, including digital events, of a variety of sizes and types a plus, but all applications should be detail-oriented and organized.

As a nonprofit organization, the IRC relies on funding from a variety of sources to support our work. The fund 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 IRC works with a variety of area K-12 schools to put on Academic WorldQuest, a spring Quiz Bowl–style program on international topics, and Your Global Future, a fall college and career fair for high-school students. 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.