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As a WorldChicago member you have the opportunity to meet one-on-one, socially and professionally, with our distinguished visitors and guests.  Membership in WorldChicagoprovides an excellent opportunity to help you build important business relationships and lasting friendships around the world.


Individual Membership

WorldChicagoindividual membership provides special opportunities to meet with our friends and guests from countries around the world while helping them experience all Chicago has to offer.

Members receive a number of benefits, including:  exclusive opportunities to meet with our State Department visitors, free or discounted admission to allWorldChicagoevents, and reciprocal hospitality opportunities with WorldChicagoalumni when you are traveling abroad.

Corporate Membership

WorldChicagocorporate membership provides your organization with a direct connection to the most important contacts in our global economy, helps keep you informed about the developments that are shaping the emerging global opportunities, and contributes to our ongoing promotion of Chicago as an important and vital center of commerce, culture, and political dialogue.

Members receive a number of benefits, including: exclusive opportunities to meet with foreign dignitaries and global business leaders, special invitations to WorldChicago business briefings and round tables, and high-level networking sessions with representatives from domestic and global business leaders.

For more information on becoming a Corporate Member, please contact Executive Director Peggy Parfenoff.


Become a Homestay Host

WorldChicago homestay hosts open their homes to our international visitors and guests. They share the unique experience of discovering new cultures together.  Homestays range from one to eight weeks and both youth and adults participate in homestay programs.

Become a homestay host with WorldChicago!  We seek diverse Chicago-area hosts in age, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, occupation, and interests. WorldChicagoinvites our homestay hosts to participate in many of the social and cultural activities with their international delegate(s).  Homestay hosts and their guests often keep in touch and have formed  strong friendships that last over the years and across the oceans.


Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2015

WorldChicago is a nonprofit organization that organizes professional and cultural exchange programs for U.S. Department of State and other federal government-sponsored international visitors. WorldChicago seeks college students, graduate students, and recent grads with an interest in international affairs to fill various volunteer internship roles on a full or part-time basis for 3 to 4 months.

Applicants must possess excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Research, event planning, marketing, and social media experience a plus. Internships are unpaid, but WorldChicago is able to offer course credit.

Internships follow three primary tracks: International Programs, Youth Programs, and Events & Outreach

International Programs — Assist in the management of various U.S. Department of State and other federal government-sponsored international exchange programs, including the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, Professional Fellows Program, and Youth Exchange Programs; USAID’s Community Connections Program; Library of Congress-sponsored Open World Leadership; and other special projects. Day-to-day tasks to support the above exchange programs include:

    • Research local resources and issues for programs
    • Write proposals for upcoming programs
    • Prepare local programs and welcome packets
    • Coordinate professional appointments, roundtable discussions, field visits, and tours
    • Accompanying international delegations to professional and cultural activities in Chicago
    • Assist in contacting and confirming homestay hosts
    • Database maintenance
    • Research new program opportunities and funding sources
    • Assist in the preparation of new grant initiatives

Youth Programs — Assist in the planning and implementation of U.S. Department of State-sponsored Youth Leadership Exchange Programs for international high school and college students. Day-to-day tasks include:

    • Research local resources for select program themes
    • Coordinate youth-focused meetings, discussions, field visits, and tours around select program themes
    • Assist with recruitment and screening of homestay hosts
    • Prepare local program and orientation packets
    • Assist with orientation, team-building activities, and program evaluation
    • Accompany international youth to educational and cultural activities in Chicago
    • Assist with program documentation, including photography and social media posts

Marketing, Events & Outreach — Assist in the management of events, community outreach, public relations, social media strategy, and WorldChicago fundraising initiatives. Day-to-day tasks include:

    • Assist in developing outreach strategies, booking venues, event registration, and speaker correspondence for programs
    • Research and propose new ideas for programs
    • Support event planning of major fundraisers
    • Assist with marketing and publicizing of events
    • Research and follow up on new ways to market WorldChicago programs
    • Update WorldChicago Facebook and Twitter pages

To apply for an internship, please submit a current resume and one-page cover letter (Word or PDF) that addresses why you are applying for the internship; your relevant experience; which internship category you would prefer to work in; and the skills or experience you are most interested in gaining through the internship. Also specify the semester you are applying for; your preferred start and end date; and the days and number of hours per week that you are available. Submit your application to Abbey Jennings, Director of Outreach at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.



Become a Volunteer Fill out the volunteer application/click Here!

Help us in our efforts to build citizen diplomacy one handshake at a time.
We have a number of needs for volunteers to help us in our offices, with special events, or serving on board committees.  Please consider donating your time and your skills.


WorldChicago is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  We receive about half of our funding from the various federal exchange programs with the US Department of State and US AID.  The remaining half of our funding comes from local supporters like you.

Please support us in our mission to build the network of human relationships that serve as the foundation for international agreements and cultural cooperation



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