Q: Why intern at Plan International USA?
A: Working at Plan International USA can give you valuable work while also allowing you to make a difference in the global community. Plan offers a great office environment and hands-on experience which is applicable and valuable to future careers. Students can even earn college credit while acquiring important knowledge on international development and the many facets of a non-profit business model. At Plan International USA, you can combine a beneficial learning experience while helping change the world!
Q: Who is eligible for internship positions?
A: Both college students and recent graduates (typically within two years of graduation) are eligible for Plan International USA’s internship program. Short-term, unpaid volunteer positions are occasionally offered to high school students.
Q: What requirements are there to become an intern at Plan International USA?
A: Plan International USA looks for individuals that have a passion for international service and, more specifically, whose values are aligned with the mission of the organization. Applicants have to be enrolled in an accredited educational institution or must have recently graduated. Other qualifications vary depending on the type of internship and the skills and educational level required.
Q: When are internships available? How long is the program?
A: Plan International USA offers internships throughout the year, typically starting at the beginning of each semester and during the summer. A typical internship lasts anywhere between three to nine months. Internships are posted on Plan’s website and the application process is often competitive. For additional information, call and speak with our Internship Coordinator at 1-800-556-7918.
Q: Are internships part-time or full-time? How many hours are required for an internship?
A: Plan International USA offers both part-time and full-time internships depending on the needs of the position and the availability of the individual. Full-time interns are expected to work a normal 40-hour week, while part-time interns are expected to work anywhere from 10 to 25 hours per week. To find out whether an internship position is full-time or part-time, visit http://www.planusa.org/jobopps and look under “Job Type.”
Q: Does Plan International USA offer paid internship positions?
A: Yes. Internships are either paid, being used for classroom credit or a combination of paid and credit based. The pay rate for our interns is based on relevant skills, education, experience, and location.
Q: Does Plan International USA help to locate housing for interns?
A: Plan International USA does not help interns find housing. This is the responsibility of the intern.
Q: What is a typical internship at Plan International USA like? What responsibilities do interns have?
A: Interns have worked in areas across the organization and are generally responsible for a variety of tasks based on their skill set. Some of our recent interns worked with our Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, the Communications Team, and the International Programs Unit. Interns receive daily guidance, direction, and ongoing supervision from their specific manager, who is there to ensure that work and/or projects are on track and that the intern has the tools s/he needs to be successful in their practical training.
Q: Are interns ever sent to other countries?
A: Internships abroad are offered only at the request of a program office and are not typical. Successful candidates for international internships are responsible for making all necessary arrangements from their home countries before traveling to the US or the program country of their assignment. This includes visa, travel and living arrangements, health insurance, food, and any other expenses required during their internship.
Q: What is the application process?
A: Visit our Job Opportunities page and click “Apply” next to the internship position you are interested in. Fill out all necessary fields and click “Submit” when completed. Alternatively, you may also email your application to our Internship Coordinator. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview in a timely manner.