APPLICATIONS FOR THE SPRING INTERNSHIP ARE NOW OPEN.
Please note the deadline for applications is October 29. However, applications will be reviewed and offers made to successful candidates on a rolling basis.
IPOA offers internships to undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates. Internships vary in duration and are flexible to fit in with study. Interns are given great responsibility to manage their own projects and conduct their own research. Due to the nature of IPOA, interns are given much more responsibility than most other internships. Indeed, our interns are called "Associates" because the title of "Intern" simply does not describe the enormous responsibility of the position.
What kind of responsibilities do Associates have?
It is probably best to start off by describing what Associates do not do. For example, the IPOA internship does not involve photocopying, faxing or making coffee. Associate responsibilities can include:
IPOA Associates are split into six portfolios:
If you have an interest in a particular portfolio, detail that in your cover letter. Please note however that while we endeavor to place successful applicants in the portfolio of their choice, this may not always be possible.
Does IPOA accept international candidates?
Yes. Actually, the majority of IPOA's Associates tend to be international. Of course, international staff must have authorization to work (or at least intern) in the U.S. If a visa is required, IPOA is more than happy to assist you with the paperwork. Obtaining the proper visa may cost upwards of US$1,000. However, all of IPOA's Associates who have had to pay handsomely for their visas all believe it was money well-spent. Unfortunately, IPOA is not able to cover the costs of visas or the visa application process. Past and present IPOA Associates have come from Albania, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom. And, obviously, the United States.
IPOA is a small organization, and so it is extremely rare for an internship to lead to a permanent position. Indeed, only a handful of interns have ever been hired as permanent or semi-permanent employees. Ever. Nevertheless, the IPOA internship provides unparalleled exposure to the private sector, NGOs and government in the U.S. and abroad.
Does IPOA accept only full-time interns?
No. IPOA is able to accommodate both full-time and part-time Associates. Although, we require part-time Associates to work at least three days a week as a bare minimum.
What is the average duration of an internship?
The length of an internship varies. We prefer Associates to work with us for at least 3-4 months. Some Associates (particularly international staff) have worked with us for 6 months. And several Associates liked us so much they even come back for a second stint.
Is the internship paid or unpaid?
IPOA offers a stipend based on academic qualification. Based on a full work week, pro rated for part-time interns, the stipend is as follows:
Does IPOA prefer graduate students to undergraduate?
No. Within each intern group, we prefer to have a good mixture of undergraduate, recent graduate and currently enrolled graduate students. We also hire recent post-graduates.
How do I apply for the IPOA internship?
The subject line of your e-mail must be "Summer Internship Application" for Summer, "Fall Internship Application" for Fall or "Spring Internship Application" for Spring. This will prove to us how closely you read the application instructions.
+ In your cover letter, be sure to explain your interest in IPOA, as often an applicant's enthusiasm for IPOA will trump the importance of their qualifications. We all want to save the world, but tell us how you think you can save the world at IPOA. And for goodness sake, spell the organization's name correctly. We are not IOPA.
+ Applicants MUST detail their intended period of interning with us (i.e., January 1st through December 31st).
+ Applicants MUST detail whether they intend to work full-time or part-time (and if so, what the intended working hours would be).
Be advised that IPOA often receives over 300 applications each semester for only a handful of positions. Because we do not have a dedicated personnel department, we ONLY contact those applicants who have been selected for an interview. Sorry. If you have been selected for an interview, we will contact you within a week or two of your application. We interview and hire on a rolling basis, so it is wise to apply early.
What is the timeline for the Fall Internship application process?
Thursday, October 7 - Position posted, applications open
Friday, October 29 - Application deadline (no applications will be accepted after 5pm ET)
Monday, November 1 - Final day of interview notifications
January - Internship begins
No phone calls, please. We really mean it. If we took calls from every applicant, we wouldn't have time for anything else.