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Interns play a very integral role here at SDWAC and we would not be successful without their support. As an intern you are given a free one year membership to the organization. You will obtain many opportunities to meet and work with influential people in world affairs first-hand. Interns will also 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.

Daniela  Bautista Vanegas, USD Student 

"My internship at SDWAC was very fulfilling, I got to explore and develop skills related to international relations, business, and communication. The experience was enhanced by a fantastic team and provided me with valuable opportunities for professional growth and networking.” 

 Denisse Medina, CSUSM & Yonsei Alumn

“My experience living in the U.K. initially ignited my affinity for developing a greater understanding of the world we live in. My undergraduate studies in Global Business Management further led me to fulfill a one year foreign residency requirement studying abroad in South Korea, where I hope to pursue my graduate studies in International Relations & Cooperation in the future. Working with SDWAC has given me the opportunity to work with a group of individuals who are passionate about making an impact on the world as well as enabled me to continue to foster a deep appreciation for the importance of becoming a global citizen in today’s increasingly globalized world.” 

Shivangi Gupta, UCSD School of  Global

Policy & Strategy, Class of 2023

"As an international affairs graduate, my experience with the SDWAC (San Diego World Affairs Council) has been enriching. Engaging in the council's activities allows me to actively contribute to the global discourse. Conducting outreach efforts enables me to connect with a diverse range of individuals and build a network of like-minded professionals. Working on pilot programs allows me to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios, honing my problem-solving skills in real-time. The ongoing speaker series and events organized by SDWAC are invaluable, exposing me to diverse perspectives from distinguished individuals in the field, and further broadening my worldview. The series offers a unique opportunity to learn from accomplished leaders, diplomats, and experts, providing a comprehensive education that goes beyond traditional classroom learning. Overall, my time with SDWAC has been instrumental in shaping my perspective on global affairs and is equipping me with the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in the field."

Sofia Pedras, SDSU Student

"My experience as an intern at SDWAC allows me to grow professionally and develop the skills necessary to a career in global politics. Preparing for and attending events coordinated by SDWAC has shown me the value of differing perspectives. Handling outreach opens a network of connections and I’ve had the opportunity to meet a variety of professionals in the political field. SDWAC offers countless opportunities that prepare me for real world experiences, and continuously builds problem solving and communication skills."

SDWAC currently has 2 open internship positions, please submit your applications by August, 28 2023:

Digital Marketing Intern

Development Intern 


All interns are expected to have strong communication skills, excellent time management, and organization. Candidates should have an interest in world affairs, have good written and oral communications skills and demonstrate a professional and responsible work attitude. We offer Spring, Fall, and Summer internships which are typically the length of one semester. Interns must be able to commit X to X hours weekly to administrative work (X-X days per week). Interns must have the ability to work independently and manage their time effectively. 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)

Intern Committees

Intern responsibilities have been broken up into various committees. We have provided a list of these committees below as well as some of your potential responsibilities and expected skillset. All interns are expected to work together to optimize the organization’s efficiency.

Event and Special Projects Committee

  • Work to help plan, execute, and advertise for the San Diego Academic World Quest competition.
  • Assist with the creation, development, and execution of events.
  • Remain in communication with speakers and act as a point of contact for their questions and concerns.

Recommended experience: Strong social skills and etiquette is required.

Community Outreach and Development Committee

  • Establish relationships with local academic institutions to facilitate greater connections with students and SDWAC outreach through academic programs and groups.
  • Work with the events committee to promote Academic World Quest.
  • Assist in event promotion and work to establish a SDWAC presence at various community events.
  • Aid in projects and assignments related to Corporate Sponsorship.

Recommended experience: Interest/knowledge in community or academic outreach.

Communications and Marketing Committee

  • Design marketing materials for SDWAC events.
  • Manage various media accounts; Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Generate and distribute e-blasts and newsletters to members.
  • Develop briefs for media outlets (Making sure we get out our events to media outlets)

Recommended experience: Coursework or experience in journalism, English and writing. Proficiency in various social media outlets.

Web Development and Media Committee

  • Modify, update, and develop organization website
  • Manage the Council’s photography collection by archiving and editing photographs.
  • Provide technical support for the team when necessary.
  • Design and create graphics, flyers or various visual resources.

Recommended experience: Knowledge in HTML/Coding. Proficiency in Photoshop or design is a plus.

To become a part of the SDWAC team or learn more about internship opportunities, please send your resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample as an attachment to Please include the name of the committee you are applying for in the subject line. All internships are unpaid.

Internship applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis.

*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.


Mailing Address

San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC)

PO Box 34010

San Diego, CA 92163


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