Internship Program

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The World Youth Alliance Internship Program provides opportunities for young people who are inspired by the ideas and work of the World Youth Alliance (WYA) to gain professional skills working on WYA’s projects and a substantive learning experience on WYA’s core ideas. Projects are designed to enhance each student’s specific academic background and interests. Interns receive mentorship and training from WYA staff members.

Ideal candidates possess a strong desire to protect and promote human dignity while making a positive impact on society. Candidates must be proactive, self-driven, resourceful, detail-oriented, and humble individuals with a willingness to learn.

What’s in it for you?

a) Introductory Training

Undergo WYA’s Certified Training Program (CTP) and learn about human rights philosophy and the dignity of the person.

b) Project Management

Work on projects suited to your interests and strengths under the supervision of WYA staff.

c) Network Building

Attend different events and meet new contacts as you represent WYA in various occasions.

Regional Internships

We offer internships in all of our regional offices. Many of the interns accepted into the New York internship first complete a regional internship, are active WYA members in their country, and receive recommendations on their outstanding work.

Our regional offices include:

  • Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Asia Pacific (Manila, Philippines)
  • Europe (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Latin America (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Middle East (Beirut, Lebanon)
  • North America (New York, USA)

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International Internships

WYA offers internships for young people of varied educational and expertise backgrounds. Applicants can apply for any of the other regional offices only after completing a regional internship. Once accepted into the internship, applicants will be matched to a position that best corresponds to their interests and skills.

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NOTES:

  • WYA is not responsible for assisting with or issuing visas for accepted applicants. WYA can only send an invitation letter as proof of acceptance into the internship program.
  • Some regional internships provide accommodation. If you require accommodation, please inquire with the regional staff during the interview step of the application.
  • Visa and transportation fees will be at the applicant’s expense.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

On-Campus Internships

The WYA On-Campus Internship lasts for one to two semesters, while students are on campus, and gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand training and experience in networking with students on campus and managing community-level implementation of WYA’s global projects.

NOTE: On-Campus Internships are only available at the North America Region.

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Africa Internship Period
 Jan 16 – Apr 14, 2017

Deadline
 Nov 18, 2016

Internship Period
May 8 – Jul 28, 2017

Deadline
 Mar 10, 2017

Internship Period
 Sep 4 – Dec 15, 2017

Deadline
Jul 7, 2017

Asia Pacific Internship Period
Jan 9 – Apr 19, 2017

Deadline
Nov 15 , 2016

Internship Period
May 3 – Aug 18, 2017

Deadline
Mar 24, 2017

Internship Period
Aug 29 – Dec 15, 2017

Deadline
Jul 28, 2017

Europe Internship Period
Jan 9 – Mar 17, 2017

Deadline
Dec 1, 2016

Internship Period
Apr 18 – Jul 7, 2017

Deadline
Feb 27, 2017

Internship Period
Sep 4 – Dec 8, 2017

Deadline
Jun 27, 2017

Latin America Internship Period
Jan 16 – Apr 14, 2017

Deadline
Nov 28, 2016

Internship Period
May 30 – Aug 18, 2017

Deadline
Mar 24, 2017

Internship Period
Sep 18 – Dec 15, 2017

Deadline
Aug 4, 2017

Middle East Internship Period
Apr 17 – Jul 14, 2017

Deadline
Feb 24, 2017

Internship Period
Sep 18 – Dec 21, 2017

Deadline
Aug 4, 2017

Internship Period
N/A

Deadline
N/A

North America Internship Period
Jan 16 – Apr 21, 2017

Deadline
Nov 7, 2016

Decision Date
Nov 28, 2016

Internship Period
May 30 – Aug 18, 2017

Deadline
Mar 24, 2017

Decision Date
April 14, 2017

Internship Period
Sep 18 – Dec 15, 2017

Deadline
Aug 4, 2017

Decision Date
Aug 25, 2017

Note: International Internships follow the schedule of the regional internship.

Regional Internships

There is a standard application process for the WYA Regional Internship Program. Before you apply, we strongly encourage you to browse through our website to learn more about the organization and to see if our programs are the right fit for you.

IMPORTANT: Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed regional application form
  2. Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Only if you are a new member: Your signed copy of the WYA charter

You will receive a confirmation receipt via email within three weeks of the internship application deadline only if your application is complete. If your application satisfies the criteria for selection, someone from our internship committee will contact you to arrange an interview.

Regional Application Forms

Each region has its own application form. Please select your region below to download your application form.

NOTES:

  • WYA is not responsible for assisting with or issuing visas for accepted applicants. WYA can only send an invitation letter as proof of acceptance into the internship program.
  • Some regional internships provide accommodation. If you require accommodation, please inquire with the regional staff during the interview step of the application.
  • Visa and transportation fees will be at the applicant’s expense.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

International Internships

All international internships follow a standard application process. You will need to complete WYA’s Certified Training Program prior to starting your internship at the WYA Headquarters.

IMPORTANT: Incomplete applications will not be processed.

International Internship Categories

WYA Headquarters Internship

The WYA Headquarters Internship last for three months and gives young people an opportunity to gain first-hand training and experience in managing WYA’ global projects and leading membership campaigns. As part of the global headquarters, interns work directly with the WYA president. Interns will have the chance to be mentored in planning and executing WYA’s annual global projects such as the International Solidarity Forum, Manhattan International Film Festival, WYA Birthday Ball and International Summer Camp. WYA Headquarters interns may also lead fundraising projects and social media campaigns. If you have the experience and strong interest to be involved in project management and public relations, the WYA Headquarters Internship is very ideal for you.

WYA Marketing Internship

The WYA Marketing Internship is a 3-month program open to undergraduate students or young professionals majoring in Marketing, Design, Fine Arts or Advertising. Marketing interns support WYA’s Director of Communication. The WYA Marketing Internship will include projects from WYA’s 6 regional offices. A marketing intern’s’ responsibilities may include social media management, design and layout of WYA publicity materials, video production, photo documentation and marketing campaign development. If you are interested in learning how to communicate WYA’s work through various types of media, then this internship is for you. Apart from the application requirements listed below, marketing intern applicants should also include a portfolio of their best works. This can be submitted as a pdf or as a link to their online work.

WYA Advocacy Fellowship

Interns with experience and education in international relations, law, and/or policy may apply for an advocacy internship. General WYA interns may have opportunities to attend events of interest at the UN, but advocacy interns work is related to our international advocacy efforts. Depending on current needs and the interns’ skills, work may involve: representing WYA at the UN; communicating WYA’s work, viewpoint, and mission to our members and/or to possible allies who are delegates or members of civil society; research and writing; and developing advocacy materials.

Advocacy interns must have: education and/or experience in international relations and law/policy; command of core principles of international law; good analytical abilities; and excellent oral and written English. The following qualifications, while not required, will be viewed favorably: a degree in law; an advanced degree in international relations; Spanish/French language skills. Depending on the applicants’ skills and interests, and WYA’s needs, skills in networking and maintaining contacts, writing, teaching/presenting, creating content for training and campaigns will be useful. Interns with advanced degrees (master’s/magister degree, J.D. or L.L.M., or Ph.D.) who are interested in spending at least 6 months with WYA may be considered for advocacy fellowships. Please indicate this interest in your application. All applicants must submit a writing sample, in English, of at least 5 pages double-spaced, to be considered for any advocacy internship or fellowship.

FEMM Internship

FEMM Foundation, WYA’s sister organization is looking for leaders with a strong desire to promote authentic women’s health and empowerment through the provision of the FEMM program. The FEMM internship program is particularly suited to those who have an interest in health, wellness or medicine, and in educating and empowering women. FEMM Interns support the development, execution and expansion of FEMM programs, particularly FEMM Teacher Training (TT). Tasks may include Teacher Training education support, presentations on FEMM, research, materials development, website maintenance, promotion/marketing/social media and database tasks.

Successful FEMM interns are those with leadership abilities, strong communication skills, both written and verbal, familiarity with social media platforms and a passion for sharing FEMM with others. If you are interested in working closely with the FEMM Team and developing your own knowledge and expertise, while sharing the FEMM program with others, join the FEMM internship program. In addition to the requirements listed below, FEMM interns are required to complete the FEMM Teacher Training course (in advance of or as part of their internship). Learn more about FEMM from their website www.femmhealth.org.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed International Internship Application Form
  2. Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Two letters of recommendation

Submit your application to: education@wya.net

You will receive a confirmation receipt via email within three weeks of the internship application deadline only if your application is complete. If your application satisfies the criteria for selection, someone from our internship committee will contact you to arrange an interview.

NOTES:

  • WYA is not responsible for assisting with or issuing visas for accepted applicants. WYA can only send an invitation letter as proof of acceptance into the internship program.
  • Some regional internships provide accommodation. If you require accommodation, please inquire with the regional staff during the interview step of the application.
  • Visa and transportation fees will be at the applicant’s expense.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

On-Campus Internships

Internship Overview

The WYA On-Campus Internship lasts for one to two semesters, while students are on campus, and gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand training and experience in networking with students on campus and managing community-level implementation of WYA’s global projects.

Interns work directly with the Regional Director for WYA North America. Interns will have the chance to complete training in the ideas that shape an understanding of the dignity of the person, as well as fundraising; be mentored in planning ways to bring WYA’s global projects, including the Human Dignity Curriculum (HDC) and FEMM (Fertility Education & Medical Management) to campus; and recruit other students to join the mission of bringing WYA to campus and receiving this kind of training, which prepares the ground for a dignity-centered focus in any line of work. We are looking for passionate, mission-driven, responsible individuals to commit.

Internship Practicals

  • complete the Certified Training Program (CTP)
  • complete FEMM Teacher Training Course (TTC) [if interested in FEMM, WYA’s affiliate women’s health program]
  • establish WYA as an official chapter on campus
  • receive training in fundraise
  • seek out university funds or fundraise to pay for Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) and/or International Solidarity Forum (ISF) trips to NY
  • recruit members for WYA chapter
  • organize 1-2 WYA or FEMM events on campus, either with a WYA representative or other speaker, over the course of the year
  • implement a WYA-approved project of their choice [i.e., a service project, etc.]