Professional Exchanges Intern – Fall 2017

Meridian International Center’s Professional Exchanges Division (PED) offers internships to qualified undergraduates interested in international relations and cultural exchange. The internship is best-suited for sophomores and juniors, though freshmen and seniors may be considered.

The Fall 2017 Professional Exchanges Intern will work closely with PED staff to administer the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) – the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience the U.S. firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

The Professional Exchanges Intern will provide logistical support to facilitate the IVLP. Responsibilities include creating and assembling welcome materials for participants in State Department exchanges, researching cultural activities for international visitors in Washington D.C., and assisting staff with program book writing. Additionally, the intern will research country-specific issues to create one-pager briefing memos for staff, write blog articles for publication on Meridian’s blog The Lead, and attend meetings with IVLP participants across D.C.

Hours per week, start, and end dates are flexible, though ideal candidates would begin in late August/early September and intern at least 20 hours per week. Though internships are unpaid, a stipend is offered.

The ideal applicants will demonstrate:

  • Strong interest in cultural exchange, American studies, public diplomacy, international education, or international relations
  • Experience with cultural exchange on or off campus
  • Proven initiative, especially in a professional setting
  • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong writing skills

Applicants are required to:

  • Be available on Monday mornings and either Thursday or Friday
  • Commit at least 20 hours per week to the internship
  • Be fluent in verbal and written English
  • Be authorized to work in the United States

The deadline to apply for the internship is August 15th, 2017. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Ms. Aishwarya Raje and Mr. Andrew Caughey, the PED Intern Coordinators, at Only applications including both a resume and a cover letter will be considered. Due to the volume of applications received, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted or provided an update on the status of their application. For additional information about Meridian’s work on the International Visitor Leadership Program please visit and