Internship Opportunities

YTILI Program Manager, WorldChicago

Position Start date: ASAP

To apply, email a cover letter and resumé to

WorldChicago is a non-profit organization that is host to global emerging leaders sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and other exchange partners. The Program Manager at WorldChicago is responsible for a range of federally funded citizen exchange initiatives. WorldChicago seeks a full-time dynamic self-starter enthusiastic about citizen diplomacy and cultural exchange to be our project lead on several key initiatives, including the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI). Ideal candidates should have strong writing skills across a variety of program areas and experience in developing communications strategies for traditional and online modalities over a variety of themes. This role is a key team member responsible for reaching out to Chicago industry leaders to develop strong partnerships that empower local actors to play a major in our global work.

General Program and Organizational Responsibilities:

  • In partnership with the YTILI team, manage all elements of select WorldChicago citizen diplomacy initiatives, including international and local travel, logistics, and programmatic elements;
  • Collaborate with our European partner to develop an effective social media strategy and maintain an updated social media calendar for program outreach and recruitment
  • Monitor and evaluate analytics for YTILI social media channels and record partner outreach efforts on social media (Embassies and Innovation Hubs)
  • Manage YTILI Website updates
  • Follow the approval process established by the Department of State Program Officer.
  • Oversee program and financial reporting
  • Process application data through all stages of recruitment, selection, and acceptance in the WizeHive application portal
  • Assist in interviews with fellowship applicants
  • Manage YTILI-related email accounts
  • Plan and execute program activities (in-person and virtual)
  • Participate in team strategy sessions
  • In partnership with team members, recruit community volunteers, including corporate and public-interest fellowship hosts;
  • Develop new opportunities for engaging the Chicago community with international leaders
  • Attend and assist WorldChicago fundraising, social, and cultural events
  • Oversee WorldChicago Intern for a semester

Ideal Characteristics:

  • Highly organized – can manage and coordinate multiple projects simultaneous with multiple deadlines while keeping excellent attention to detail
  • Adaptable to changing program conditions
  • Calm under pressure – lead through uncertainty and develop innovative solutions to unexpected challenges
  • Strong communicator – excellent written and verbal communication skills for communication and marketing.
  • Globally minded – interested in intercultural communication, international affairs or committed to a career in international exchange work; fluency in a second language

Position Requirements:

  • At least 3 to 5 years of work experience in a fast-paced setting providing communications and project management, preferably with an international focus
  • Bachelor’s degree is required and a Master’s Degree is strongly preferred in the relevant field of study (international relations, international development, intercultural communication, business administration, international education, or another relevant field)
  • International experience or international exchange experience
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a variety of external stakeholders
  • Occasional travel required (1 to 3 times per year); ability to work some evenings and weekends

Preferred Experiences:

  • Experience developing content for social media posts
  • Strong writing skills are a must
  • Experience maintaining and managing local teams of volunteers
  • Experience with website management
  • Experience designing or developing programs or events for professionals
  • Experience working or studying abroad
  • Experience managing federal grants or developing federal grant proposals

Excellent benefits to eligible full time team members.

Position Start date: ASAP

To apply, email a cover letter and resumé to

Internships are open for January 2023

WorldChicago offers a unique opportunity for college students, graduate students, and recent grads with an interest in international affairs to gain hands-on experience and insight into citizen and public diplomacy initiatives of the U.S. government. Interns are integral members of the WorldChicago team. Through a mix of short- and long-term projects, interns develop their communications, research, events, nonprofit, and public diplomacy skills. Volunteer internship roles on a full or part-time basis will last for 3 to 4 months. International Programs

Adult International Visitor Programming

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

Internships are open for January 2023 - International 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

Internships are open for January 2023 - 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, 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.

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 can offer course credit.

Submit your application to Donna Sadlicki at Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


To apply, email a cover letter and résumé to Donna Sadlicki at

Internships at WorldChicago

Virtual Internships are offered in the Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall terms and fall under three broad tracks: International Programs, Youth Programs, and Events & Outreach. Interns are expected to commit to one full semester with the possibility to extend. Internships are unpaid, but course credit is available.

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