International Activities Intern

American Chemical Society
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Jan 24

Position description

With more than 157,000 members, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemistry enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.

ACS is looking to hire a International Activities Intern to join the International Activities team in the Secretary and General Counsel Division this summer. 

ACS International Activities, a function of External Affairs & Communications (EAC) unit in the Office of the Secretary and General Counsel is responsible for the Society's external outreach and communications functions globally. ACS International Activities is responsible for building international recognition of, and collaboration with, ACS through partners, international conferences, professional exchange/research programs and global networks to foster international research and scientific exchange to contribute to the general welfare of society.

The ACS International Activities intern will work to advance research and projects related to the department's mandate of leading the Society's global relations and goals worldwide. The ACS IA intern will work closely with IA staff throughout their tenure on a number of projects and initiatives that support the Society's global functions, including conducting relevant research and providing general support to the office.

Position accountabilities:

  • Conduct research related to the mapping of ACS Technical Divisions/Committee missions to related U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).
  • Assist IA staff in managing program logistics for the Global Chemical Code of Ethics (GCCE) program.
  • Work with IA staff and members of the International Center Advisory Group to identify new resources, partners and opportunities for the ACS International Center.
  • Work with colleagues across External Affairs & Communications to research and implement new global advocacy initiatives worldwide.
  • Provide general support to IA staff as necessary.


The ideal candidate will be going into their junior or senior year, pursuing a degree in Chemistry or International Affairs .

Competitive candidates will have a strong and demonstrated interest in the sciences and global affairs (experience abroad or with cross-cultural communication considered a plus). Strong applicants will have a basic understanding of the various fields of chemistry and its potential to advance humanity (through research on Sustainable Development Goals). The ideal International Activities intern has foreign language skills (preferred, but not required), an understanding of the political process in the United States and broad understanding of equivalent processes abroad. The candidate should have an interest in the role a learned-society plans in advancing communicating science, policymaking, training future practitioners and encouraging global research collaboration.

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