Want to help bring the world to iowa city?
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) has opportunities available each academic year for university students who are passionate about international affairs and committed to promoting international understanding and cooperation through high-quality international programs, relationship building, community outreach, and engagement.
Candidates will join a community passionate about learning, connecting, and engaging with international issues that unite individuals and ideas through conversations with leaders and advocates worldwide. For over 40 years, ICFRC has promoted understanding of international issues by hosting community forums with diverse, global voices and perspectives.
Make a difference. Gain valuable experience.
"From introducing myself as a mere honors student audience member in my first year to serving as a guest speaker for a student-teacher expert panel event in my senior year, ICFRC was a key element of my extracurricular life that promoted my affinity for world affairs and culture. I loved working with diverse cohorts of like-minded students and professionals who provided new ideas to grow our organization and were dedicated to building upon a fun and justice-driven environment."
- Amna H. (2018-2022)
PAST INTERN OPPORTUNITIES
• Serve as the liaison between ICFRC and the UI Honors Program, which includes providing information on programs, internships, and other opportunities to UI Honors faculty, staff, and students.
• Assist the Program Committee and interact with board members during monthly high-level program strategy meetings that advise and assist in developing international programs of interest to UI students.
• Help develop and implement program-related communications and marketing strategies through Constant Contact's mass communications platform, which includes regular email communications and social media campaigns about programs and other events.
OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT
• Create and implement outreach plans to initiate and maintain strategic partnerships with ICFRC's partner organizations.
• Develops unique program ideas to uplift voices and tell the stories of Iowans and others impacted by current, timely international issues.
• Help create new pathways for ICFRC to expand its presence in Iowa City, on the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College campuses, and throughout Iowa.
• Assist with implementing ICFRC's outreach and development strategy, providing advice and assistance, when requested, to the Development Committee
• Create appealing and informative social media posts for Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, following ICFRC templates and social media marketing best practices.
• Work with the Director of Communications to develop social media campaigns, promote events, and improve online engagement.
• Learn how to update and manage our website using the nonprofit fundraising and communications platform FlipCause.
• Assist the Communications Committee and interact with board members during monthly high-level communications strategy meetings.
This internship opportunity is more than just a chance to practice skills and gain professional experience. Through our longstanding relationships with campus partners, advocacy organizations across the state, and experts and thought leaders championing global issues worldwide, you will develop relationships and interact with the leading minds of today's most pressing and urgent problems facing our world.
We are based in the Iowa City Public Library and conduct online and in-person programs throughout the academic year. Interns report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Director of Communications, who will provide supervision, professional development, and training as needed. You will also be part of a team of interns who meet regularly in person and support our efforts through outreach, engagement, and programming.
"I enjoyed learning from the ICFRC lecture speakers while helping the luncheons run smoothly behind the scenes. Above all, I loved working with former ICFRC Executive Director Ed Zastrow, who I remember fondly. This role was my first professional foray into international affairs and was instrumental in setting me off on my career path. Since graduation, I have taught English in Malaysia, worked on reunification and legal relief for immigrant children and adults in the United States, and conducted peace and conflict research in Colombia and the Philippines. After receiving my Master's degree, I am now beginning a new role in emergency response for the migrant influx in NYC."
- Julia A. (2013-2014)