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Internships at Joint Council

Who We Are
The Joint Council 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 six full and part-time staff and two to three 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 experience.

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

Ideal Candidates
Interns receive the opportunity to learn about 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 will provide general support in communications, research, and projects.  This position also requires strong communication skills, initiatives, 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, make sure to include it in your resume.

Open Positions

Joint Council does not have any open positions at this time but check out our internship opportunities and open positions with our partner organizations.

Symposium Intern: For an individual interested in assisting in implementing and participating in Joint Council’s fundraising and outreach events.

Duties could include such tasks as:

  • Responsible for assisting in implementing and participating in organization’s fundraising events, including online and in-person events, during internship.
  • Responsible for assisting in implementing and participating in the organization’s 38th Annual Child Welfare Symposium to occur in April 2014 in San Francisco.
  • Assist with planning of special events, including meeting with event committees, developing community resources, generating new ideas and attending event meetings. Work with development staff to increase quality of events.
  • Assist with special event mailings, publication design, logistical tasks for events, phone calls related to donations, and other tasks as determined necessary by development and event staff.
  • For the Symposium: Assist with tracking all workshop presenter materials (bios, class descriptions, AV needs, VIP badges/registration) and contacting them about their workshop times and locations; Collect presenter materials and prepare for workshops; Prepare Room Host materials for every workshop; Assist in meeting presenters the day of conference and directing them to their assigned workshop location.
  • Outreach, marketing and material development for all events. Additionally, intern will have the opportunity to work on projects involving marketing design, strategic planning, and social media strategy during the Symposium, allowing for valuable experience in the field of communications.
  • Other duties, as assigned

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.

Partner Intern:Ever wanted to work in a fun work environment where you get to know your impact and, maybe, get to pie your boss in the face? We’re a fun nonprofit that helps individuals, organizations and governments ensure more children live in families. Our interns get to work on our social media, fun grassroots campaigns and attend our annual child welfare symposium (hosted in San Fran in 2014! Yes, we pay for you to go!)


  • Solicit partner renewals, respond to partner inquiries, and perform other work to support partner retention objectives
  • Process partner forms and payments, maintain accurate database and website information
  • Produce regular partner updates and partner feedback reports, and assist with partner projections and tracking reports
  • Coordinate delivery of business leader and supporter benefits
  • Write, update, and revise partner-related mailings
  • Maintain updated partner policies and procedures
  • Perform other related duties as required, including assistance with partner recruitment
  • Maintain and update partner listservs
  • Other duties, as assigned

How to Apply
Submit a one-page resume, cover letter, and writing sample via e-mail to: Rebecca Harris at Please make sure you include your contact information and the days of the week you are available to work (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.


Partner Organizations:

International Case Manager

The Barker Foundation, a non-profit adoption agency, seeks a case manager to work in its international adoption program. Duties include case management and direct service to families.  Seeking candidates with five years prior experience in the international adoption field.  Ideal candidate will have strong case management, writing, interpersonal, and computer skills. Falls Church based office with periodic travel to Bethesda office required.  A minimum of Bachelor’s degree is required and Master’s degree a plus. Good compensation and benefits.Please send cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to: No phone calls please.



Pearl S Buck International:

Is seek a full-time program Director. Please click on the below link to fund out more.

WH Program Director Flyer Oct2013




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