Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Full Time Positions

Check back regularly for full-time positions with Sister Cities International.

Volunteer Opportunities

Become a State Coordinator

We are seeking dynamic and dedicated individuals to serve as State Coordinators. Current vacancies can be found at here. If you are interested in applying please review the State Coordinator Job Description and Application. Contact membership1@sister-cities.org for further information.


Please note that we have already filled our internship vacancies for Spring 2013. Please see below about applying for future semesters.

To apply for an internship position with Sister Cities International, send resume, cover letter, and references to jobs@sister-cities.org, citing your desired position in the subject line. No phone calls please. Opportunities are ongoing, and resumes will be held in consideration or future internships if no positions are currently available. Compensation in the form of a monthly stipend is provided.

Communications and Marketing Internship

The intern will assist the Communications Manager in a variety of projects related to member communications, public relations, media, and marketing. Applicants should have an interest in media, writing, corporate communications, social media, and website management.


  • Assist in marketing for Sister Cities International’s events as well as on social media campaigns.
  • Draft press releases and articles for Sister Cities International’s website.
  • Archive and classify press articles.
  • Edit online and print materials.
  • Research media organizations and create press lists.

Other duties as assigned.

Skills, Abilities & Experience:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with availability to work 20 hours per week.
  • Previous internship experience in writing, communications, media, public relations or marketing preferred.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct quality research and effectively report on findings.
  • Ability to multi-task and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

*Note: Applicants for this position should include a writing sample such as a press release or example of a marketing campaign with their application submission.

Advocacy and Outreach Internship

The Advocacy and Outreach Intern will work to keep members of Congress, their staff, and our grassroots network updated about Sister Cities International's legislative priorities. The successful candidate will learn how non-profits put forward information and garner knowledge about Sister Cities International's programs and services to help manage the vast network of sister city partnerships.


  • Arrange and attend meetings with Congressional members and Agency contacts.
  • Attend Congressional hearings, as needed, and report to the Special Programs Manager on content and findings.
  • Research sister city relationships and help strategize and develop the Sister Cities International's legislative campaign.
  • Update the website and working on member-based projects as they arise.

Skills, Abilities & Experience:

  • Available to work 20-40 hours per week.
  • Must possess strong communication, writing and time-management skills.
  • Ability to take initiative on projects, multi-task, and work well within a team environment.

Special Programs Internship

The Special Programs Intern will assist with the planning and/or implementation of annual Sister Cities International programs which include but are not limited to the Young Artists and Authors Showcases and the Annual Youth Leadership Conference. The Special Programs intern will also be expected to stay up to date on member activities, including contacting members via phone and email, specifically regarding youth programs.


  • Assist in the planning and implementation of various youth-focus programs, including soliciting submissions for the Young Artists and Authors Showcase, and planning the Annual Youth Leadership Conference.
  • Write and edit articles, member communications, and reports.
  • Conduct research online and via phone and email communication with members.

Skills, Abilities & Experience:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with availability to work 10-20 hours per week.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must possess the ability to multi-task with attention to detail.
  • Individuals with previous youth experience or teaching experience are highly desirable.
  • A background in event planning or graphic design skills is preferred.

Conference and Meetings Internship

The intern will work directly with the Director of External Affairs and assist with all logistics related to planning Board meetings and the Annual Conference.


  • Helping identify and secure speakers for Conference workshops.
  • Responding to inquiries from conference registrants.
  • Monitoring and reporting status of conference registrations.
  • Tracking hotel housing reports.
  • Researching potential vendors and facilities.
  • Writing articles for newsletters and publications.

Skills, Abilities & Experience:

  • Highly-organized, with strong attention to detail and the ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent time-management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Able to work in a team and independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort interacting with hotels, vendors, and event participants.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite, including a high level of familiarity with Excel.
  • Candidates with event-planning experience are highly desirable.

Membership Internship

The Membership Intern works with the Membership Manager on day-to-day operations including research and recruitment of members, identifying possible city-to-city partnerships, prepare for and attend meetings with visiting international delegations, and special projects depending on the desires of the intern. The membership intern also takes an active role in cultivating new partnerships in the Muslim World and on the continent of Africa. The Membership Intern may be asked to assist with meetings with member communities throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia depending on the intern's availability.


  • Assist international communities as they consider American partnerships.
  • Prepare materials and information for upcoming meetings and conferences.
  • Conduct research for recruitment and retention campaigns.
  • Research and compose member related articles for electronic newsletters.
  • Correspond with current and potential members.
  • Other administrative tasks as directed.
  • A special project may be developed based on the interest of the intern.

Skills, Abilities & Experience:

  • Superb interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with Sister Cities International members via email and phone.
  • Currently enrolled, full/part time student in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Customer service experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience living or working abroad and fluency in a second language preferred, but not required.