Fulbright Scholar Program Internship Spring 2013 at the Institute of International Education

15 Oct

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is seeking current students for spring internship opportunities in the Washington, DC area for the Fulbright Scholar Program Division.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by the Institute of International Education’s Department of Scholar Exchanges, which houses the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). IIE is a collaborating agency of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administers the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is the flagship international exchange program of the U.S. Department of State. It provides grants to U.S. scholars and professionals to teach or conduct research abroad and brings visiting scholars to the United States to conduct research or teach.

Please visit: www.iie.org/cies – to learn more about Fulbright Scholar programs, and www.iie.org  – for  other programs administered by the Institute of International Education.

IIE’s CIES Internship Program:

IIE’s Department of Scholar Exchanges is supported by various units, including Outreach, Events, Program, Specialist and Global. Each unit’s work is closely linked to other units, so coordination, communication, and collaboration are key. IIE offers internships to undergraduate and graduate students in the spring, summer and fall. Interns who seek exposure to the field of international education and develop valuable workplace skills are encouraged to apply for internships with any of the units described below. Interns will have the opportunity to observe processes, learn policies and gain hands-on experience in international educational exchange management through the mentorship of IIE staff.  At the close of the internship, interns are required to give a presentation to the staff. The presentation offers the intern an opportunity for public speaking as well as to reflect on their internship experience.

IIE also encourages interns to take advantage of the following professional development opportunities:

IIE Brown Bags: Brown bags provide interns with the opportunity to hear about other programs at IIE, network with IIE colleagues in other divisions and learn more about career opportunities at IIE.

DC Networking: Interns are also encouraged to take advantage of networking opportunities in DC by attending lectures at think tanks, briefings on Capitol Hill or other unique-to-DC events.

Outreach  Unit:

The department’s Outreach  Unit is responsible for advertising Fulbright programs and directing the recruitment process for all US scholar programs. Unit staff members serve as liaisons to campus contacts and plan national visibility, advocacy, and media relations efforts for the Scholar Program in collaboration with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Outreach Unit also develops and produces all print and electronic publications and program-related web sites and coordinates research and program assessment activities to effectively communicate the short- and long-term impact of the scholar programs.

Events Team:

The Events Team organizes meetings and conferences for the department throughout the year. Event Team staff members coordinate with all units to provide support with event registration, travel arrangements, program agendas, and vendor relations. Throughout the spring and summer, the Events Team supports CIES Regional Program Units, as well as the Fulbright Student Program, to coordinate Pre-Departure Orientation sessions for U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Students going abroad during the upcoming academic year.

Programs Unit – Regional Programs and Program Operations:

Regional program staff work with U.S. and Visiting Scholar programs in East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Western Hemisphere (Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean). They administer scholar caseloads, recruit U.S. scholars to apply for grants, manage reviews of applications, update the U.S. awards catalog, process grant payment requests, monitor visiting scholar immigration compliance and affiliations at U.S. institutions, and provide policy and procedural guidance to scholars during grants. Program Operations staff handle centralized internal program management, ensure quality assurance and maintain staff training manuals and procedures tools.

Global Initiatives Unit:

The Global Initiatives Unit administers global Fulbright programs including the International Educator Administrators Program, the Scholar-in-Residence program, the Visiting Scholar Enrichment Program, and the Occasional Lecturing Fund. The unit also administers the Fulbright Specialist Program, a short-term grant program for U.S. academics and professionals to collaborate with professional counterparts at overseas universities and education-focused institutions on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities.

Intern Activities:

Intern assignments vary and may include: assist with peer review, pre-departure orientation and grant administration processes; prepare reports; create and update spreadsheets; develop and maintain tools to track affiliations, grants, grant payments, final reports and required scholar documents; conduct research and analysis; process form letters; file; organize materials including historical program information and financial data and assure accuracy of scholar records. Interns may be involved in U.S. scholar recruitment activities, such as: conduct web and other research on U.S. higher education academic programs in designated fields and specializations, research list serve contacts, update lists of contacts at U.S. colleges and universities, send messages about available U.S. Fulbright scholar award opportunities in targeted disciplines and world areas and prepare custom email lists from databases.

Duration and Application Process & Deadlines:

Spring 2013: January – May. Application deadline is December 1.


  1. Administrative
  2. Finance
  3. Foreign Affairs
  4. Outreach

Job Requirements:

•  Undergraduate or Graduate student currently pursuing a degree;

• An interest in international relations, exchanges and education;
•  Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to write for various audiences;
•  Ability to work independently and as part of team; ability to interact with high level professionals and with all levels of staff;
•  Computer knowledge including Word and Excel; HTML knowledge a plus;

*Unfortunately, we are unable to host interns on J-1 Visas.

All interns are required to possess knowledge of computer systems prior to the commencement of the internship. We also encourage interns to propose solutions or offer ideas relevant to managing a high volume program with competing priorities and deadlines. IIE will provide the intern the opportunity to discuss and share knowledge with staff across the Institute. Since this internship will allow the intern to interact directly with IIE staff and partner organizations, it is necessary that the intern possess a professional and mature attitude. Please note that this is an unpaid internship; however a modest transportation stipend is provided at the end of the semester to all interns.

Candidates MUST be students at an accredited college or university, and MUST receive academic credit for the internship or an internship MUST be a requirement of their degree program. Please note that before the start of your internship, we will require a letter from your university, stating that you will receive academic credit for the internship.

Candidates may apply for one or all of the programs with the submission or one application (please specify your preferences). All applications MUST include the following items:

•  Cover letter stating your interest and qualifications for the specific internship
•  Current resume

Please upload or attach resume and cover letter as a single document (PDF or Word doc.)

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