How to join our team

Thank you for your interest in supporting the World Affairs Council of Orange County! Applications are open for 2024!
Apply by e-mailing a resume and cover letter stating weekly availability to

Time Commitment

10 – 15 hours per week with a consistent schedule to be identified with the student for at least 1 year/ 4 academic quarters preferred. Shorter terms available upon request.


Our internships are unpaid positions; however, we offer a $300 quarterly stipend and are happy to work with your school to help you receive academic credit for your internship.


  • Demonstrated interest in international affairs and the area relevant to the respective internship position
  • Must be a current college or university student
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work creatively on a given project
  • Must be reliable, responsible, and hard working
  • Additional qualifications are specified in the description for each internship position
  • Remote internships are currently unavailable

Benefits to the Intern:

  • Practical application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom
  • Exposed to multiple aspects of nonprofit operations and the office environment
  • Increased familiarity and connections with international efforts in the Orange County area
  • A complimentary yearlong membership to the World Affairs Council of Orange County
  • Academic credit for your work (must be arranged with college/university)
  • Please review the descriptions for positions below. You may apply for up to two different positions with the same application.


Internship Opportunities


Interns will assist the Director of Operations, Programs Committee and Membership Committee. She/he assist with a wide range of tasks relating to the planning and logistics of speaker events. Tasks include: researching and assisting with promotion of the events, drafting program descriptions and program brochures, attending and helping with event management responsibilities; and providing administrative support, as needed. She/he will also work with Membership Committee to assist with the membership database management, member retention and acquisitions and will have the opportunity to meet the Council trustees and staff and work in additional area that may be of particular personal interest.


This multifaceted position concerns itself with being flexible and willing to improve and try new tasks. The Special projects intern assists where he/she is needed most. With many projects like marketing, community outreach, membership calls and event planning that need tending, the special projects intern collaboratively helps to expedite the completion of these tasks. Thus, special projects intern is a position that requires well rounded skills and initiative to complete diverse, challenging and rewarding tasks.


An individual that is able to research and analyze corporations and potential donors whose ideals align with our non-profit organization. This individual must be detail oriented, good with sticking to deadlines, and keeping track of this project. Also this individual should be able to attend our organization’s events that usually take place once a month. The executive director will be working with this individual very closely to oversee this important project for our council.


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 catalog 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 qualification for this internship.


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.


Nonprofit organizations rely on consistent brand identity and the creation of collateral materials that further the reach of that brand. The marketing intern will evaluate the WACOC’s current brand identity and create materials to share about our work with the general public. Graphic-design skills and abilities with Adobe Creative Suite are required for this internship. Applicants should provide a link to a portfolio of their design work.


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 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.