International Action offers exciting internship opportunities. Read stories from our past interns below. To apply for an internship with International Action, visit our Internships page and see what's available.
University of Maryland – Spring 2011
My experience at International Action has been a fantastic one. I came to learn how NGO's work and operate, as well as to get a hands-on experience on how clean water development projects are implemented. I have learned so much in my time here. It is so inspiring to work with such dedicated and hardworking staff. I have a huge amount of admiration for the staff and the work that they do in Haiti. In my time here, I have had a chance to make several short promotional videos for the Haitiwater YouTube site, perform fundraising research, as well as create water testing guideline documents. I have grown both personally and professionally in my time here and will forever look back on this experience as a positive and uplifting one.
Western Washington University – Summer 2010
I am so grateful for my experience as an intern at International Action. I learned a lot about how a non-profit organization is run, which is important to me as I would like to work in this area in the future. I got to see the incredible impact of clean water and what is being done to bring safe drinking water to Haiti and communities around the world. The experiences I gained along with the amazing staff and other interns made for a fun and rewarding summer!
University of the Pacific – Summer 2010
I loved being a part of International Action for the 2010 summer. Working as an intern in Washington, DC has given me the opportunity to develop my understanding of how NGOs operate and how crucial their work is to assisting relief efforts around the world. During my time at International Action, I have learned how water plays a key role in developing countries, the various ways that it can be purified, and how it can help Haitians previously exposed to debilitating waterborne diseases like cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, and chronic diarrhea. I was able to research on appropriate microbial indicator tests, work on fundraising projects, and assist in the development of the organization's website. Outside of the office, I was given the opportunity to attend and report on a congressional hearing, a meeting at the Korean Embassy, a conference with the UN deputy secretary general, and the AID & International Development Forum. I have grown tremendously from these experiences, and I know that this summer will stay with me as I go throughout my education and career. Thank you International Action for all that you have given me; it has been my great honor to work with you!
The City College of New York – Summer 2009
International Action has taught me the value of hard work and determination. I got the opportunity to work with people who are truly passionate about helping the people of Haiti. It was an incredible learning experience that I will carry with me throughout my life. This internship has given me a greater appreciation for the people who work tirelessly to change the world. It was an honor working with the Interntional Action team.
University of California, Irvine – Summer 2009
I will forever be grateful to have interned for International Action. The staff, morning coffee, reading about Haiti, foundation research, family atmosphere, and trip to the Hill for Congressional meetings will always be in my heart. I had the opportunity to take on my own project – making short movies for the YouTube channel, Haitiwater. Watching hours of films from past trips to Haiti provided me with a true sense of urgency to help Haiti's sanitation problem. Clean water is truly the basic human need, yet it is uncommon, if not nowhere to be seen in Haiti. I personally urge you, future philanthropist, to intern or volunteer and help International Action in providing safe, sustainable, clean water for all Haitians. I left International Action with a second home, literally.
The Potomac School – Summer 2009
I was nervous to start my internship at International Action since I am the youngest intern they have ever had. That feeling, however, quickly changed. Everyone was very welcoming; at times, I didn't even notice the age difference. During my time with IA, I started a new project in the Dominican Republic, hopefully resulting in clean water for the Haitian workers on the sugar plantations (who live in abominable conditions). International Action has provided me with new and useful skills that will last me my whole life. I am very glad that I was able to experience this amazing opportunity and hope to return to this office in the near future.
College at Brockport: SUNY – Summer 2009
Interning at International Action has been such an amazing experience. From researching donors and foundations to attending hearings on Capitol Hill, I feel very involved in the organization as well as in D.C. I have learned so much about Haiti and the rest of the world, and the importance of public health. I love the friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We work hard, but we definitely have fun! I came to International Action with the hope of gaining some experience, and I have left with that and so much more.
College of the Holy Cross – Spring 2009
I joined International Action with the intent of getting some practical training, but I left with much more. My various assignments and projects allowed me to gain invaluable experiences in the fields of advocacy, policy analysis, mobilization, agenda setting, fundraising, grant writing, and much more. The family-oriented atmosphere added a dimension to my internship that I could not have had anywhere else. I will always remain a part of your organization in solidarity with the impoverished people of Haiti and provide them with the most vital basic necessity: clean water.
George Mason University – Fall 2008
Working at International Action is a very valuable experience to me. I am continuously learning new things about public health and international development issues. The combination of variety of projects, smart guidance, and very friendly staff are indispensable to the kind of work environment I would always want to be a part of.
Frostburg State University – Summer 2008
My experience at International Action has been very rewarding. I believe that this experience is the key that will start me in the right direction. I enjoy the comfortable and welcoming office atmosphere. Interning for IA is personally beneficial to me, because I myself am Haitian, and I am able to contribute a lot to this organization. This is a great way for me to help other people in need, and I am glad that I am part of the IA team, because I feel so personally connected to the project.
The College of William & Mary – Summer 2008
Best internship ever! Really, I always look forward to going to work; the people here are so friendly. Everyone is extremely knowledgeable about international affairs and what's going on in the Capitol (and capital). There's always something to talk about! I've learned so much about life in Haiti, how non-profit non-governmental organizations work, politics, the impact of clean water (and how much we take it for granted in the US) since I've been here. I feel so lucky to be interning at IA because of the atmosphere and the issues that we're dealing with, including global health, international aid, service, francophone languages, and how to get involved in DC. I feel like everything I do actually does make a difference; it's great.
Oberlin College – Summer 2008
I am so happy that I got the chance to intern with International Action. My supervisors give me substantial responsibilities and allow me to translate documents, go to events on Capitol Hill, and network with other Washington D.C. non-profits. Our director buys as many books as he can on Haiti, and all of the interns are constantly reading. Our office functions as a little family, and we are included in business lunches and conferences. The friendly vibe of the office is mixed with a sense of responsibility and action.