NAFSA Volunteer Leadership Development and Regional Affairs Internship: Summer – 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.
Summer – Fall Terms: The internship is a part-time (28 hours per week) position and is available June 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. Applicants only available for Summer 2017 are still encouraged to apply.
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 Summer and 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
About NAFSA: Association of International Educators
NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the leading association in the field of international education and exchange. NAFSA, with 10,000 members, is an association advancing international education and exchange and global workforce development. NAFSA serves its members and their institutions and organizations by setting principles of good practice, providing training and professional de...velopment opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education. Hundreds of NAFSA members volunteer to serve the Association to create and disseminate knowledge, to influence public policy, and to maintain a strong organization. They serve on committees, knowledge communities, teams and task forces. NAFSA is led by a Board of Directors that guides the work of the Association through a strategic plan that sets goals and objectives over a three-year horizon. NAFSA’s senior staff provides expert advice, assistance, and commentary and perspectives on international exchange.Headquartered in Washington, DC, NAFSA has an operating budget of over $20 million and a staff of over 90 employees. Its Annual Conference & Expo, held in May 2017 in Los Angeles, CA drew close to 10,000 attendees from around the world.