Current Openings at Joint Council:

Internships at Joint Council

Now Accepting Fall 2015 Applications

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.

The Joint Council Internship Program is part of our Education and Research Program and benefits the intern by providing multifaceted learning opportunities and hands on experience in the field of children’s welfare.   Interns receive experiential learning and training through: daily engagement with and supervision by Joint Council staff, staff meetings and trainings, 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 to enhance the intern’s knowledge and experience on issues related to the mission of Joint Council. The internship at Joint Council teams interns with an attentive mentor, expands your professional network and provides an opportunity to produce real work. 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.  Traditionally our interns are young professionals and students interested in areas such as: social work, international relations, law, human rights and government relations.  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:

Our partners are international, non-profit, child welfare organizations that adhere to the Joint Council Standards of Practice with the goal of providing ethical services in the best interest of children and families. We work alongside our partners to provide them with the support they need through our listservs, annual symposium, and many other services. The Partnership Intern has the most direct communication with partners. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, working with partner organizations to answer questions, process dues, and manage listservs.

Symposium Intern:

Our annual symposium is a forum for child welfare professionals to learn about and discuss topics ranging from adoption medicine and orphan nutrition to government policy and best practices. The Symposium Intern works with the Director of Programs and Services to make our annual symposium a reality. From brainstorming to implementing, the intern assists with all aspects of symposium preparation.

Communications & Social Media Intern:

The Communications and Social Media Intern plays a huge role in assisting with both the technical support and messaging that goes into external communications. This internship provides hands-on experience for those who are interested in non-profit communications.

Experiential and academic learning and training for all interns 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: Mikaela Coggins 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.

Additional Information

  • 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.

Current Partner Openings:

As part of our member benefits, we encourage our partners to post their job openings in our job bank. If you are a partner and would like us to post an opening, please email us at

Adoption STAR, Inc. – Adoptive Family Advocate

Job purpose

This full-time position involves working with prospective adoptive families from when they first register with the agency as new clients through when their adoption is finalized.

Duties and responsibilities

The ideal candidate will be able to research, understand, and comply with different state adoption codes, regulations, policies, etc. The ideal candidate will have comfort and familiarity interacting with paralegals, attorneys, and other professionals. Adoption experience is preferred.  Some travel is required. This position is based out of our Amherst, New York office.


Education/Experience: LMSW, LMHC or other related Masters degree with license preferred OR MSW with at least two years of work experience OR BSW with several years of adoption experience.

Qualities Necessary: Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Computer proficient (MAC experience a plus); Articulate and confident in presenting information to both small and large groups; Detail oriented and an ability to stay organized; Compassionate, optimistic, mature and responsible; A motivated, quick learner who is open to continuous learning; Team player.

To apply for the position, send resume with cover letter highlighting salary history and desired salary to We will only consider qualified candidates.

Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services – Intercountry Adoption Program Manager

Job purpose

Provide clinical services for adoptive families and children, including education and support programming, case management, family assessments and counseling for the BAMS program to support clients served through the intercountry adoption program.

Duties and responsibilities

The ideal candidate would be able to provide clinical supervision, support, and education for adoptive families. They will be able to provide counseling services, family assessments, and be available to support adopting families before and after their adoption. They will be a proactive part in maintaining and growing current contacts and networks. They will maintain proactive communication with clients, and work to develop new services and programs to benefit clients. They will maintain pre- and post-adoption records. They will develop and manage budget effectively. Travel as required domestically and internationally. Flexibility is required.


Education/Experience: Requires a Master’s degree from an accredited program of social work or Master’s degree in a behavioral, social science, or other related field; social work licensure or professional counseling licensure preferred. Minimum of 5 years prior related experience required. Minimum 3 years prior experience in a Hague Accredited intercountry adoption program preferred. Applicant should qualify as child placement management staff based on the Texas Minimum Standards for Child Placing Agencies.

Qualities necessary: Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; Ability to work with sensitive and confidential information appropriately; Ability to work with staff from a managerial role; Ability to review and draft policies and procedures for operations in the foreign country; Computer proficient; Ability to do light physical work and drive a car; Commitment to Christian principles and teachings both professionally and personally.

For a more detailed job listing and directions on how to apply, visit Buckner Maternity Services’s Career Center.

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