Internship Opportunities


Location: The WACOC’s office are located in Irvine, California. While some internships may require the student to be present at the WACOC’s office for the majority of their time, many interns will be able to work remotely. We will decide on the best approach as the internship gets underway.

Time Commitment: 10 – 15 hours per week with a consistent schedule to be identified with the student for at least 2 quarters. 

Compensation: Our internships are unpaid positions; however, we are happy to work with your school to help you receive academic credit for your internship. UCI students may potentially have an opportunity for paid positions TBD.


  • Undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate student whose area of study is relevant to the internship desired
  • Strong communication skills in English, evidenced by application materials and interview
  • Time and project management
  • Proven dependability, efficiency, and team skills
  • Creativity
  • Professionalism and integrity
  • Developed cross-cultural competence, evidenced by prior work, study or travel
  • Additional qualifications as indicated in the description for each internship

Benefits to the Intern:

  • Practical application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom
  • Exposed to multiple aspects of nonprofit operations and an office environment
  • Increased familiarity and connections with international efforts in the Orange County area
  • Stronger teamwork, attention to detail, organizational skills, and follow – through in multi-step projects
  • A complimentary yearlong membership to the WACOC
  • Where it can be arranged with your college/university, academic credit for your work with the WACOC 


Please review the descriptions for positions below and apply by e-mailing a cover letter, resume, and, if required, a work sample (see individual descriptions for requirements) to

You may apply for up to two different positions with the same application; please be sure to follow instructions for each position. Thank you for your interest in supporting the work of the World Affairs Council of Orange County!



For many year, the bulk of the WACOC’s programs have been live and in person. The audio & video production intern will help us strategize and implement ways to make these programs available to a larger audience through visual and audio technology. Prior experience in video and/or audio production (including films, radio, television, podcasts, etc.) is required. With your application, please submit two samples of your audio or video work.


The Orange County community has an incredible array of businesses, organizations, and K-12 and university programs that focus on international topics. The primary work of the community intern will be to catalogue and connect with a wide range of internationally oriented organizations and groups in Orange County as a resource for the community. Significant familiarity with the greater Orange County community is an important qualifications for this internship.


The digital resources intern strategizes and executes development of existing and new online engagement opportunities for the WACOC community, including the speakers bureau, volunteer center, online resources, and WACOC archives. Previous experience with website maintenance is helpful, though not required, for this internship. Students of nonprofit management, public administration, or related field are encouraged to apply.


The WACOC regularly hosts and partners to present a variety of events ranging from lectures and panel discussions to special events with academics, diplomats, journalists, and interested community members. The events intern will help to coordinate logistics, registration, and execution of WACOC events. Applicants should have previous experience in planning and carrying out events of a variety of sizes and types.


The WACOC works with a variety of area K-12 schools to put on Academic WorldQuest, a spring Quiz Bowl – style program on international topics. We are also looking to restart a number of other K-12 initiatives with local schools. The global education intern will support these projects. Education majors and teachers -in-training will be given preference for this internship.


As a membership organization, the WACOC works with area businesses, universities, organizations, K-12 schools, and other interested individuals. The  membership intern will scrub and analyze our member database and create processes for member recruitment, maintenance, and renewal. Prior experience with databases (Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, or others) preferred.


The WACOC is always looking to offer the most relevant set of programs to our members in Orange County. The programs intern will map the WACOC’s current programs, conduct research to identify program possibilities, and make recommendations for the organizations’s programs going forward. Students of nonprofit management, public administration, or a related field will be given preference for this internship.