NAFSA Volunteer Leadership Development and Regional Affairs Internship: Fall 2017
NAFSA: Association of International Educators is offering a paid internship for upper-level undergraduate or graduate students in its Volunteer Leadership Development and Regional Affairs (VLDRA) staff unit. The internship is ideal for applicants interested in exploring the field of International Education, growing in coordination and project management areas, enhancing communication and collaboration skills, learning and applying concepts in strategic planning, and expanding administrative and research skills via the use of new technology, web, and data systems.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA's 10,000 members are located at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide, in over 150 countries.
The VLDRA team provides orientation and training for the success and development of volunteer leaders; support and partnership with the 11 NAFSA Regions; implements diversity, inclusion and membership initiatives; executes a transparent process for nominations, elections, appointments of NAFSA leaders, and national awards.
Intern duties include:
Collaborating with staff on departmental programs, leadership development, program coordination, and recruitment initiatives
Managing and analyzing data for NAFSA regional, leadership, and diversity initiatives and meetings
Assisting in preparing regional and leadership conference/meeting logistics, developing and editing materials, and completing online research
The ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented self-starter, be familiar with Microsoft Office suite applications, and have excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Preferred skills include writing and copyediting experience, instructional design experience, training skills, or administrative and nonprofit management experience. Candidates with an interest in and/or knowledge of training, curriculum development, higher education, international education, education research, non-profit organizations, and U.S. campus internationalization will be able to apply this work to their academic careers.
Fall Term: The internship is a part-time (15-20 hours per week) position and is available September to December 2017. Pay range is $12-$13 per hour, depending on experience. NAFSA will work with the student’s institution if the intern is seeking academic credit.
To apply send your resume and cover letter by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the position title, “VLDRA Internship,” in the subject line.
In your cover letter, please include information that answers the following questions:
Why are you interested in this internship? What experience would you like to gain through this position?
How do your skills compare to those of the ideal candidate listed above?
Do you have any administrative, international and/or cross-cultural communication experience to bring to the role?
What is your availability for Fall 2017?
Please note: All candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Professional development and growth are key components of the VLDRA internship, demonstrated by:
Onboarding and orientation to NAFSA, VLDRA, component relations, and volunteer management
Goal-setting during the internship and regularly meeting with the intern supervisor to assess and reflect on learning objectives
Participating in 2-3 NAFSA e-Learning seminars and/or courses aligned to areas of interest
Reading and reflecting on NAFSA publications
Attending staff meetings and conference calls with volunteer member leaders
Examples of projects and tasks the intern will contribute to include:
Under guidance of the Senior Director of VLDRA, assist with presentations, marketing, recruitment, outreach, recognition, and reporting initiatives related to:
Diversity Impact Program (DIP)
Member Interest Groups (MIGs)
Washington Leadership Meeting (WLM)
Leader Connection newsletter
Research and analysis of data
Volunteer interest and appreciation
Project management and tracking
Under guidance of the Associate Director of Regional Affairs, support prospective and confirmed exhibitors, sponsors, and advertisers:
Serve as front-line resource to exhibitors, directing them to online resources, such as key dates, pricing, and shipping information
Navigate prospective exhibitors through the online process of purchasing expo space
Manage complimentary registration allotments for exhibitors and sponsors
Reserve booth space and coordinate rental process with waitlisted exhibitors
Receive and coordinate advertisement files with regional leaders and exhibitors to submit for upload to Cadmium
Under guidance of the Associate Director of Regional Affairs and in collaboration with the Registration Specialist, assist prospective and confirmed conference registrants:
Respond to inquiries about conference dates, offerings, programs, and registration by referring individuals to appropriate resources
Direct registrants to vendor customer service contacts for registration troubleshooting
Coordinate with Registration Specialist to amend registration records, provide registration confirmations, and process cancellation requests
Respond to inquiries about NAFSA membership and New-to-NAFSA promotion in relation to conference registration, liaising with Membership staff unit when relevant
Under guidance of the Associate Director of Regional Affairs, assist conference presenters in completing tasks related to the conference program:
Review and test regional conference online planners and mobile applications for accuracy and functionality prior to launch
Confirm consistent information and formatting within conference program software
Additional Salary Information: Salary depends on experience
About NAFSA: Association of International Educators
NAFSA: Association of International Educators is an organization of people dedicated to building a global community and fostering a more peaceful world through advancing international higher education. With more than 10,000 members, NAFSA is the world’s largest professional development and advocacy organization committed to international learning and creating a more globally engaged, welcoming, an...d educated United States.
We are an organization of individuals who believe that: international education advances learning and scholarship; strengthens America’s diplomatic ties with countries across the globe and is an integral part of national security; and is essential for developing globally competent individuals.
We believe that international education lies at the core of an interconnected world characterized by peace, security, and well-being for all.
NAFSA is a workplace that not only appreciates diversity but believes it is our strength, and we strive to create an inclusive culture for all our team members. NAFSA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.