The San Diego World Affairs Council typically offers three internship positions for the spring, summer and fall academic periods.

 Meet our Interns

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Marica Mannström

Marica was born and raised in the northern region of Sweden. She holds a Master of Science degree in Political Science & International Development from Lund University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Umeå University. Before moving to San Diego, Marica lived in Cleveland OH for two years, where she worked for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs and Ohio Citizen Action. She is currently a committee member for the Swedish – American Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer for the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice in San Diego, while seeking full- time employment opportunities.

Katy Littell

Katherine Littell

Katy is an undergraduate student at San Diego State University studying International Business.


Christine Turner

Christine is new to California, coming from New Hampshire where she received here BA and Master’s in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, with a focus on international relations. She has a background with Model United Nations and enjoys practicing Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic. Her research involves organizational stability in the face of developing organized crime and terrorism trends. Christine began her career as an intern with the Department of Defense at the National Defense University, and worked as a Graduate Assistant within the UNH Political Science department. She currently works at the public health organization NSF International, working as part of the quality assurance team which issues third party organic certifications.


As well as meeting influential people in world affairs first-hand, interns will receive mentoring and gain valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of non-profit organizations, public relations and event coordination. Another benefit is the opportunity to network with professionals with experience in international fields including humanitarian work, diplomacy, policy research, academia, and international business.


Commit 8 to 15 hours weekly to administrative work (2-3 days per week). Ability to work independently. Interns must attend Council events and help with set-up, guest registration, and take-down (usually two to four events per month on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday – 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm)



  1.  Sign-in guests, set-up and take-down at each event
  2. Contact venues for availability and follow-up event arrangements
  3.  Reserve, pick-up, and return AV rentals (if necessary)
  4. Maintain the Council’s membership records with new membership and renewals
  5. Send membership acknowledgements
  6. Send membership renewal reminders
  7. Visit local college groups to promote the Council and invite students to join
  8. Good social skills and etiquette are a must!
  9. Knowledge of salesforce CRM is highly beneficial


  1. Assist in day-to-day operations, checking E-mail accounts, printing, etc.
  2. Update the Council’s website (knowledge of WordPress required)
  3. Prepare information for event announcements
  4. Prepare Council’s “Communiqué” newsletter
  5. Email event announcements and newsletters (knowledge of MailChimp preferred)
  6. Send and keep track of invitation letters to potential speakers
  7. Fluency with Google Docs, Google Forms, and G-mail are required


  1. Assist with event promotion in the San Diego Community
  2. Reach out to community groups with international interests
  3. Visit local college groups to promote the Council and invite students to join
  4. Assist in projects and assignments related to Corporate Sponsorship



To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to (attn: Internship).

In the cover letter, please include the following information:

  1. Why do you want to intern with the San Diego World Affairs Council?
  2. Projected start and end dates
  3. Availability (days and time)
  4. Specify if fulfilling for school credit

Please Note: If applying for school credit, be sure to specify what is needed for the fulfillment of your internship requirement and provide the contact information of your institution. If at all possible, attach the evaluation form.




SPRING 2014:
Shawn Arnold
Christian Brown
Shawn Voutour
Tigran “Tiko” Parsadanyan
Galia Al-Madani

SUMMER 2014:
Maylee Sands
Erica Yun
Louis Rousselot
Eric Nicholas

FALL 2014:
Nichole Hansen

SPRING 2015:
Kyle Hudson