Humanitarian Policy Advocacy and External Engagement Intern

World Vision USA

Job Description

Posted on: 
February 21, 2024

With over 70 years of experience, our focus is on helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. We help children of all backgrounds, even in the most dangerous places, inspired by our Christian faith.

Come join our 33,000+ staff working in nearly 100 countries and share the joy of transforming vulnerable children’s life stories!

Key Responsibilities:

In-person Humanitarian Policy Advocacy and External Engagement Intern (New York Office)- Summer 2024

World Vision Internships provide a three-month opportunity for exceptional students and recent graduates ready to explore a career in the international relief and development sector. We are committed to providing interns with a meaningful learning experience where they can learn, grow, and connect alongside other emerging professionals who are passionate about our mission.

Learn: Take on challenging and meaningful work assignments while developing your technical skills and gaining valuable hands-on experience.

Grow: Deepen your understanding of the sector, develop your leadership potential, and grow your Christian faith during weekly professional development seminars and workshops.

Connect: Form connections with a diverse nationwide intern cohort and build your professional network at one of the largest international relief, development, and advocacy organisations in the world.

BEFORE APPLYING, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • Able to commit to a minimum of 24 hours per week for the entire internship period: 20 May – 16 August. 
  • Eligible to work in the United States.
  • Must have a valid US Social Security Number.
  • Be physically located in one of the following states where WVI is registered as an employer: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia (Washington D.C.), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
  • Current student or recent graduate from an undergraduate or graduate programme (within 2 years).
  • Adhere to World Vision International’s Christian Statement of Faith.
  • Willingness to use own electronic devices for internship purposes, and disposition to let WVI install endpoint security software on those devices.


  • Stipend: All US-based interns are paid a monthly stipend of $800
  • Hours: Full-time and part-time opportunities are available (24-40 hours/week)
  • Internship Location: For this in-person internship, you are expected to work from the WVI office in New York.
  • Appropriate Fields of Study/Majors: International Development, International Affairs/Politics, Law or related field.


The Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Team exists to support WV’s humanitarian responses. The team works towards advocating and influencing policies for effective, efficient, timely, well-funded, and coordinated humanitarian response to crises to support children.” The objectives of the team are grounded in our organizational strategy (Our Promise), supporting the delivery of strategic imperatives to reach the most vulnerable and to collaborate and advocate for broader impact which we do by building and working through alliances.

We directly support WV’s humanitarian responses, lead WV’s global humanitarian policy work, and position WV in Geneva, New York, and other global spaces building from the bottom up and recognizing that the most critical humanitarian work happens in responses.

The Opportunity:

As a Humanitarian Policy Advocacy and External Engagement Intern, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work on tasks related to humanitarian and disaster management issues within the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
  • Gain practical and educational experience while contributing to World Vision’s advocacy objectives within the New York space.
  • Support the Senior Policy Advisor for Humanitarian Affairs. The portfolio covers emergencies in Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America, along with the themes of humanitarian access and children in armed conflict.
  • Access weekly professional development programming delivered by WV People and Culture.
  • Be surrounded by people who motivate and inspire you.
  • Make a lasting impact on the lives of the most vulnerable children.

The intern’s responsibilities will include:

  • Keep up to date with the UNSC schedule to be aware of any upcoming meetings or votes affecting humanitarian efforts.
  • Remain aware of developments within the portfolio mentioned above.
  • Support drafting of briefings, policy papers, or position papers – both internal and external
  • Support internal World Vision Advocacy Response Group (ARG) discussions and meetings, both taking note of relative updates from country and support offices and assisting the Senior Policy Advisor in reporting on updates from the UNSC.
  • Support engagement in external meetings and communications with peer NGOs or with UN agencies.

Essential qualities for this role:

  • You are interested in pursuing a career in development, humanitarian affairs, or international law.
  • You can work independently to achieve the desired outcome.
  • You have prepared papers and reports in English.
  • You have experience in academic research in humanitarian contexts.
  • You are passionate about using your God-given talents to positively impact the world.

Applicant Types Accepted:

Local Applicants Only

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