Internship - Higher Education Initiatives

Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Nov 22

Position description

The Higher Education Initiatives Department creates and administers programs that promote strategic partnership building, provide pathways to increase the number of U.S. students that study abroad, and connect IIE with external partners to forward the organization’s mission.

Internship Scope of Work:

The intern will work under the direction of the Program Manager of IIE’s Center for International Partnerships (CIP) to complete projects that support the mission of the CIP to promote strategic international partnership development. This includes work to plan and execute international delegations of U.S. higher education officials, assistance in managing international education programs, communication with higher education officials and government entities, event planning, database management, market research, and work on special projects managed by the CIP.

Applicants should be working towards a degree in international relations, political science, international education, or a related field. The intern should be a problem-solver who is comfortable working in a dynamic work environment with changing responsibilities. The intern should also be a strong writer who is comfortable communicating with all levels of internal staff and external clients. Foreign language skills, regional knowledge, intercultural competence, and study abroad experience are all highly desired. 

In addition to the important work that interns perform for their respective programs, interns will also have several networking opportunities:

  • Brown Bags: Brown bags provide interns with the opportunity to hear about other programs at IIE network with IIE colleague in other divisions, and learn more about career opportunities at IIE.

  • DC/NYC Networking: Interns are also encouraged to take advantage of networking opportunities by attending lectures at think tanks, briefings, or other unique to DC/NYC events.


  • IIE seeks undergraduate or graduate students with demonstrated administrative experience

  • Ability to work under pressure of continuing deadlines and to prioritize multiple tasks

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Political and intercultural sensitivity

  • Computer knowledge, including Word, Internet, email, and Excel; overseas experience a plus

  • Interest in international education and/or internationally focused non-profits is preferred

  • Interns must be enrolled in an accredited college or university

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