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Who We Are

The Joint Council on International Children’s Services team is a small, collaborative group of professionals who work together closely while maintaining individual responsibility for designated projects.  Joint Council’s office consists of five full and part-time staff and two interns working in the heart of Old Town Alexandria right outside of Washington D.C.  It is a fun, vibrant office, with a youthful atmosphere while still providing a professional workplace and educational experience.

This is a great opportunity for college or graduate students to gain hands on experience in the field of children’s welfare.  Traditionally our interns are young professionals and students interested in areas such as: social work, international relations, law, human rights and government relations.   We have a wide range of opportunities. Please see Information below for specific internship opportunities.

Internship Program

The Joint Council Internship Program is part of our Education and Research Program and benefits the intern by providing multifaceted learning opportunities.   Interns are involved in operations related to programs and services and include experiential learning and training through; daily engagement with and supervision by Joint Council staff, staff meetings and training’s, participation in external events such as Congressional briefings, convening by the Department of State and presentations by locally based NGOs and coalitions.

The Internship Program has as a primary goal the enhancement of the intern’s knowledge and experience base on issues related to the mission of Joint Council.  The internship is a non-paid position.  Joint Council makes no promise of employment at the conclusion of the internship.

Ideal Candidates

Interns receive the opportunity to become educated on a variety of issues that impact child advocacy, orphan care and adoption issues.  Ideal applicants would have an interest in international child welfare issues and advocacy.  Candidates should be detail-oriented, self-starters, and organized professionals or students who as part of their learning experience will provide general support in communications, research, and projects.  This position also requires strong communication skills, initiative, and multitasking.  A working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is vital.  Knowledge of website development/maintenance is a plus.  If you have any other skills/talents that may be helpful, please include them in your resume.

Open Internships

Partnership Intern (beginning Sept., 2014)

Development & Social Media (beginning Sept., 2014)

Experiential and academic learning and training includes;

  • Help implement new development and donor initiatives
  • Provide editorial support for donor/prospect communications
  • Help coordinate face to face visits with local donors/prospects
  • Assist in database management (i.e. updating contact, generating reports, monitoring active campaigns) via eTapestry
  • Communicate with donors via telephone, email, and mail
  • Update social media accounts daily with relevant brand information
  • Brainstorm and implement creative strategies to increase traffic and followers
  • Assist with innovative social media campaigns launched by our client
  • Create promotional and advertising strategies to implement for upcoming events
  • Spend time learning and tracking trends on a weekly basis
  • Implement creative projects and sweepstakes – see the process through from start to finish.

Please note: As Joint Council is a small work environment, all interns and staff help with everyday duties such as answering phones, taking messages, responding to email requests, database management, formatting mail merges, handling UPS/FedEx pickups, and photocopying.

How to Apply

Submit a one-page resume, cover letter, and writing sample via e-mail to: Marie Blum-Capizzi at Please make sure you include your contact information and the days of the week you are available.(not binding, but your best guess).  Let us know if you are particularly interested in an aforementioned project, or if you have your own ideas of how you can help advocate for children and what you want to gain from your experience at Joint Council.  Please put “Joint Council Internship” in the subject line.

A Couple Notes:

  • Joint Council Internships consist of a minimum of 14 hours per week and a three month commitment.  However, year-long internships are preferred.
  • Internships are uncompensated positions.  Internships can meet credit criteria for undergraduate or graduate practicum with approval from the respective college or university.

Applying early is strongly encouraged as candidates are reviewed on a first come first serve basis.

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