CARE USA INTERNSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM


About CARE Internships

CARE USA welcomes and encourages students who are interested in making a difference in the world to consider pursuing an internship. The internship program seeks to provide closely monitored, project-driven professional and practical experience for undergraduate and graduate students interested in contributing to substantive CARE projects and initiatives. Important networking opportunities are also provided through participation in orientations and trainings that will include information on CARE’s history, vision, and where individuals from within the organization will share more in-depth information on certain programs. Interns are placed domestically either at CARE USA Headquarters in Atlanta or in US field offices.


General Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for an internship at CARE, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Interns who hold student visas must obtain appropriate work authorization from their educational institutions
  • Be enrolled in a relevant undergraduate (Juniors & Seniors only), graduate or post-graduate academic program, or have graduated within the previous four months from the posting date.

HOW TO APPLY

CARE USA hires interns periodically throughout the year:

Fall Semester Interns – August and September

Spring Semester Interns – November and December

Summer Interns – April and May

Internship opportunities are posted on our Internship/Fellowship Career Site. To apply online, search our internships and fellowship postings below. New postings are usually posted during the periods listed above.

Internship applicants who receive funding support or academic credit should indicate on their applications the costs that they are able to cover.


VISITING FELLOWS PROGRAM

Each summer, CARE USA hosts a Visiting Fellows Program offering a small number of graduate students with support from outside sources the opportunity to work with projects and conduct research in various CARE Country Offices. The fellowship assignments developed by host offices may include working for program areas such as Signature Programs (Access Africa, Mothers Matter, Power Within), Core Programs (Agriculture, Education, Economic Development, Emergency Response, Health, HIV/AIDS, and Water and Sanitation), Advocacy and External Relations, Program Support (HR, IT, Procurement) and other program areas critical to CARE. Fellowships also address organizational needs such as leading organizational development processes or global initiatives such as partnership or change management strategies. We welcome and encourage highly accomplished graduate students who are supported by an academic institution, foundation, corporation, or other agency to apply for our CARE Visiting Fellowships. Visiting Fellowship assignments generally range in duration from a period of three months to nine months.


Benefits of Participating in the Program

The Visiting Fellows Program provides students of global development, global health and other related fields with valuable opportunities to gain international work experience. The program seeks to assist in the development of high potential, future leaders in the field of international development and humanitarian assistance through short-term, practical learning experiences. In addition to networking opportunities, fellows are also afforded participation in a series of professional development trainings offered through CARE’s online university, CARE Academy. The program focuses on approaches that provide optimal skill development and learning. Therefore, the fellowship program has adopted a management and leadership curricula that focuses on three learning strategies (1) On the job training assignments; (2) Coaching; and (3) supported by formal training.


Placement in CARE Country Offices

The Visiting Fellowship Program seeks to match successful applicants with assignments that fit closely with their academic background and stated areas of interest. The matching process occurs on a rolling basis and interested students are encouraged to apply at any time throughout the year. Most placements occur between the months of June and August; however, some also occur during other times of the year and may be of longer duration.

Note: CARE only employs fellows in low or moderate risk locations. Fellows who are partially or wholly sponsored by the university must provide a letter of permission to travel to the particular location(s). Prior to starting an assignment, the fellow must have proof of health and evacuation insurance that covers him/her in that location (which may be provided by CARE); and complete CARE Academy’s online safety & security course. In addition, once the fellow is in the country of assignment, he/she will receive a security briefing from the safety and security focal point or another manager.


General Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for a fellowship at CARE, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Financial support from an academic institution or other agency
  • Legally authorized to work under the laws of the location of the fellowship
  • Apply for and obtain his/her own appropriate visa
  • Enrolled in a relevant graduate or post-graduate academic program, or have graduated within the previous four months
  • Have comprehensive medical coverage including emergency evacuation insurance for the duration of the fellowship (fellow must provide proof of insurance)
  • Proficiency in the requisite language

Ideal candidates will meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in graduate program in a field relevant to CARE's work
  • At least 2 years of professional work experience in relevant field
  • Excellent time management, analytical and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal/intercultural communication skills
  • Proficient in a second language (French, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Open minded and able to function effectively in diverse, multicultural environment
  • Top candidates will also possess a flexible, team-oriented work style

How to Apply

To apply online, search our internships and fellowship postings below. New postings are usually posted between March and May each year.

 Applications must include:

  • A current resume or CV, with names and contact information of at least three references
  • A cover letter that specifies the applicant’s particular programmatic and research interests
  • To be considered for assignments that are writing intensive, applicants should

Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted. If you are not contacted within 60 days of submitting your application, please consider your application unsuccessful. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to accept phone calls regarding fellowship applications.


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