Internships

Colleagues International is proud of the learning opportunities it offers international professionals as  well as local students.Students may choose to receive internship credit or simply volunteer for a unique international and business experience, knowledge that will undoubtedly make them stand out above the crowd. Interns are an important part of the CI staff, carrying out duties most essential to the success of the organization. This internship allows students to receive administrative experience, practice communication with local businesses and national agencies, and learn from observing local and international business practices. Intern positions available are listed below (although internships can be designed to fit each student’s needs and objectives).

International Studies Internship

  • Assist with international professional development programs and participants.

Marketing/Public Relations Internship

  • Increase community awareness, work with media, organize special events, and improve the organization’s communication practices with supporters, alumni, and local businesses.

 

Internship Job Descriptions
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM OFFICER – JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Organization Description:

Colleagues International is a Kalamazoo non-profit organization that facilitates professional development programs for international participants. Celebrating its 45th year in Kalamazoo, Colleagues has hosted more than 2000 international visitors from some 100 countries. In Fall 2015 alone, Colleagues hosted 80 people from 40 nations. We are a volunteer-based citizen diplomacy organization and part of a network of volunteers that was nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1971, Colleagues has been fostering and promoting citizen diplomacy, enriching local community with global diversity “one relationship at a time.” Each program is designed to address a specific issue in fields including nonprofit, media, business, healthcare, law enforcement, government and education. International participants establish mutually beneficial relationships with their Kalamazoo colleagues and return to their countries with new ideas and a new understanding of the United States. Local professionals and community volunteers welcome our international visitors and the mutual exchange of ideas.

 

Internship Objective:

An internship at Colleagues International can lead to a career in international relations, business or public administration with a unique international edge. Interns will assist in developing well-rounded programs with local organizations, businesses and institutions that meet the learning objectives of the international participants. Interns will plan and execute international programs and meet with the international participants as well as local professionals. Interns can expect to enhance their cross-cultural perspective and awareness; develop international relationships and contacts; learn about drafting competitive bids; interact with local leaders; and contribute to international diplomacy “one relationship at a time”.

 

Desired Skills:

Excellent organizational skills; the ability to prioritize and perform under tight deadlines; a professional and outgoing personality (crucial when meeting local community and international leaders); the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; and ability to work in a diverse office space are required. Previous international/cross-cultural experience is preferred but not required.

 

Sample Intern Responsibilities:

  • Assist in Program Recruitment: Search websites and databases for potential programs; review potential programs with staff and volunteers; prepare program proposal drafts to successfully secure programs; follow-up with program agency representatives to assure a successful bid and a successful program.
  • Programming: Organize and coordinate events and meetings for program participants; prepare materials, binders, schedules, etc. for upcoming programs; confirm professional and home hospitality appointments.
  • Program Hosting: Escort and transport program participants to local appointments and events.
  • Database Maintenance: Maintain and upload program information into international program database and local spreadsheets.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate.

 

Hours per Week: 10-15                                                                                   Minimum: one term

Contact:  info@colleaguesinternational.org 269-341-9494

www.colleaguesinternational.org

MARKETING / PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN

Organization Description:

Colleagues International is a Kalamazoo non-profit organization that facilitates professional development programs for international participants. Celebrating its 45th year in Kalamazoo, Colleagues has hosted more than 2000 international visitors from some 100 countries. In Fall 2015 alone, Colleagues hosted 80 people from 40 nations. We are a volunteer-based citizen diplomacy organization and part of a network of volunteers that was nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1971, Colleagues has been fostering and promoting citizen diplomacy, enriching local community with global diversity “one relationship at a time.” Each program is designed to address a specific issue in fields including nonprofit, media, business, healthcare, law enforcement, government and education. International participants establish mutually beneficial relationships with their Kalamazoo colleagues and return to their countries with new ideas and a new understanding of the United States. Local professionals and community volunteers welcome our international visitors and the mutual exchange of ideas.

 

Internship Objective:

An internship at Colleagues International can lead to a career in public relations or marketing with a unique international edge. Specific initiatives will be set by the Marketing and Public Relations Committee, in alignment with the Board’s vision.  Under the guidance of the Committee and others, the intern will contribute to increased awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the organization and its programs. The intern will work to promote Colleagues in our community through printed materials, website content, social media, and personal contact. Interns can expect to enhance their cross-cultural perspective and awareness; develop international and local relationships and contacts; and contribute to international diplomacy.

 

Desired Skills:

Exceptional oral and written communication skills; ability to work on website content and help with survey design and analysis; social media skills; ability to work in a diverse office space; knowledge of AP Style, excellent proofreading and editing skills, ability to work independently and creatively; attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, publication design/layout experience. Three writing samples required with application (published or unpublished).

 

Sample Intern Responsibilities:

  • Website: Improve website content, design, integration with social media and overall effectiveness;
  • Social Media: Maintain a supportive and active social networking community;
  • Event Planning: Assist in coordinating/publicizing special events – Volunteer Appreciation Activities; Citizen Diplomat of the Year; new host orientations, etc.;
  • Media Relations: Propose and draft press releases covering current and upcoming programs/participants;
  • Marketing: Design, draft and update printed materials and brochures for external release;
  • Alumni and Community Relations: Help maintain relations with international alumni – emails; newsletter; program assessments; alumni profiles and updates; help maintain relationships with other internationally-focused local organizations; and
  • Perform other duties as appropriate.

 

Hours per Week: 10-15                                                                                  Minimum: one term

Contact: info@colleaguesinternational.org 269-341-9494

www.colleaguesinternational.org

 

INTERNATIONAL HOST AND HOSPITALITY INTERN

 

Organization Description:

Colleagues International is a Kalamazoo non-profit organization that facilitates professional development programs for international participants. Celebrating its 45th year in Kalamazoo, Colleagues has hosted more than 2000 international visitors from some 100 countries. In Fall 2015 alone, Colleagues hosted 80 people from 40 nations. We are a volunteer-based citizen diplomacy organization and part of a network of volunteers that was nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1971, Colleagues has been fostering and promoting citizen diplomacy, enriching local community with global diversity “one relationship at a time.” Each program is designed to address a specific issue in fields including nonprofit, media, business, healthcare, law enforcement, government and education. International participants establish mutually beneficial relationships with their Kalamazoo colleagues and return to their countries with new ideas and a new understanding of the United States. Local professionals and community volunteers welcome our international visitors and the mutual exchange of ideas.

 

Internship Objective:

An internship at Colleagues International can lead to a career in foreign and diplomatic relations. Specific initiatives will be set by the Host and Hospitality Committee, in alignment with the Board’s vision.  Under the guidance of the Committee and others, the intern will help assure that our international visitors experience a memorable introduction to American culture and lifestyle. Working with our network of volunteers, the intern will assist in the coordination of visitor home stays and hospitality events and, to the extent possible, participate in the activities designed for our guests. Interns can expect to enhance their cross-cultural perspective and awareness; develop international and local relationships and contacts; and contribute to international diplomacy.

 

Desired Skills:

Exceptional oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; strong planning and organizing skills; flexibility; ability to work under short deadlines; ability to work independently; ability to work in a diverse office space; attention to detail; ability to speak a foreign language is a plus; driver’s license preferred.

 

Sample Intern Responsibilities:

  • Host and Hospitality Planning: Contact volunteers to organize home stays and hospitality events for international visitors.
  • Event Planning: Assist in coordinating/publicizing special events – Volunteer Appreciation Activities; Citizen Diplomat of the Year; new host orientations, etc.;
  • Data Management and Records: Maintain accurate data base of volunteers and hosts.
  • Alumni and Community Relations: Help maintain relations with international alumni – emails; newsletter; program assessments; alumni profiles and updates; help maintain relationships with other internationally-focused local organizations;
  • Opportunities to escort and transport program participants to local appointments and events;
  • Perform other duties as appropriate.

 

Hours per week: 10-15                                                                                   Minimum: one term

 

Contact: info@colleaguesinternational.org 269-341-9494

www.colleaguesinternational.org

Apply for an internship with us!

Email us your resume or questions at internships@colleaguesinternational.org

In addition to contributing to the organization, students receive a great deal of knowledge and skills from their work at Colleagues International.

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