Internships at IAVA

IAVA is looking for highly motivated Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, family members, and civilian supporters to fill openings in our Summer 2015 internship program in New York City and Washington, DC. This is your chance to learn how to effectively advocate on behalf of the 2.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan veterans nationwide.

IAVA is an equal opportunity employer. Veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are highly encouraged to apply.

Requirements: All candidates must be eligible to receive academic credit from their college or university and commit a minimum of 20 working hours per week. Please consult with your career office or academic advisor to determine eligibility prior to applying.

Please note that we will be accepting applications up to April 15th, and the Summer Internship Program will run from June 1st to August 14th.

New York City Internships

Washington, D.C. Internships

Operations Intern

New York, NY

The Operations Division houses the Financial, Operations, Information Systems and Human Capital Departments. The Operations Intern would have the opportunity to have a hands-on learning experience as to how the Operations department handles all in-house functions. This includes assisting general administrative duties, while providing the highest level of service, as well as assisting with office sustainment operations, and mission-driven efforts. This internship is ideal for anyone entering non-profit management studies, as the Operations Intern would gain insight as to the internal workings of all aspects of IAVA’s processes and systems. The Operations Intern will report to the Finance and Operations Director.

The Operations Intern will:

    • Gain customer service experience by fielding caller and visitor inquiries about the organizations’ mission and services.
    • Learn how to coordinate and execute facilities management (manage conference room schedules and other shared spaces, vendor management, special projects related to facilities).
    • Build administrative skills through inventory management and ensuring fulfillment of materials ordered
    • Gain experience in the interaction with members and supporters both on and off-line
    • Learn the skills necessary to deliver cross-departmental support with projects, as needed.

 The Operations Intern should possess:

    • Excellent time management
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    • Professional, upbeat attitude
    • Exceptional customer service skills
    • Strong organization and problem solving skills – solution-oriented
    • Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail
    • Basic facility with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    • Ability to work independently, prioritize and multi-task

To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.

Communications Intern

New York, NY

IAVA is a nationally recognized authority on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and a broad range of issues impacting U.S. troops, veterans and their families. Through new and traditional media, the Communications team works tirelessly to raise critical awareness about veterans’ issues, hold lawmakers accountable for policies impacting veterans and ensure the entire country is focused on providing a lasting network of care and support for this newest generation of veterans.

The Communications Intern will:

  • Learn how to craft messaging specific to military/veterans issues and policies.
  • Shadow staffers and spokespeople through press appearances (i.e. television, radio, etc.).
  • Learn protocols for crisis communications strategy.

The Communications Intern should possess:

  • Excellent communication (written, graphical, verbal, etc). Please provide a writing sample in your cover letter and resume upload.
  • Flexibility, dedication to mission, and a robust sense of humor – we are a rapidly growing organization, and one that is presented with many unique, interesting and exciting opportunities on a regular basis.


To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.

Human Resources Intern

New York, NY

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is looking for a smart, eager individual to join our Human Resources team. What we do is interesting, challenging, and can really move things for both you and your career. We are looking for people who aspire to perform at a higher level both personally and while working together as a team. You will have many opportunities to take an active role and demonstrate your skills. We expect a high level of individual initiative, assertiveness, and the willingness to take on responsibility and to approach this in an enterprising way.

The Human Resources Intern Will Assist With The Following:

  • RECRUITMENT | Assist with all aspects of recruitment: job posting, resume screening, background checks, securing needed documents from candidates, research into success of recruiting methods;
  • ONBOARDING | New hire activities including system set up and orientation assistance, updating organizational chart;
  • EMPLOYMENT RECORDS | Maintains employment files and records per company policy and legal regulation, provides reporting through HR system as needed, liaise with shared services and payroll;
  • INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS | Coordinate internal communications, edit and draft recaps and presentations for internal meetings;
  • OTHER AD HOC PROJECTS | Work on other HR and organizational development projects, analyzing, researching and improving HR services and processes (e.g. organizational structure, performance management system, policy development, employee satisfaction and retention, benefits audit);

The Human Resources Intern Should Possess:

  • Strong interest in Human Resources, willingness to learn;
  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Human Resources or a related field OR experience in Human Resources;
  • Intermediate to advanced MS Office skills (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organization of work;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality on all HR aspects;
  • Ability to work full-time;

To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.

 Programs Intern

New York, NY

IAVA’s Program Division includes IAVA’s field and transition assistance programs teams, responsible for member engagement, community building, and leadership development, as well as supportive services for veterans and their families, including IAVA’s RRRP case management program and our education and employment initiatives. This position reports to the Programs Chief of Staff.

The Programs Intern Will:

  • Learn how to build and maintain positive relationships with IAVA member veterans
  • Have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the improvement of veteran engagement systems
  • Build the skills necessary to lead large and small-scale events and their logistical needs
  • Gain firsthand experience in developing and implementing digital and offline programs
  • Have opportunities to engage with representatives of top companies and leading organizations in the veterans space
  • Represent IAVA at program events, as well as other relevant community events and conferences
  • Maintain a pulse on the day-to-day needs and concerns of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans
  • Conduct desk research and contribute to documents relevant to program strategy and planning
  • Learn how to develop digital content (photo, video, social media) to build and promote the organization’s programs
  • Assist with evaluating program impact through support of the creation of surveys and other assessment tools, as well as with data analysis and reports

The Program Intern Should Posses

  • Initiative and good judgment
  • Excellent written and verbal communications
  • Creative and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Resourceful, innovative forward thinking
  • Ability to work well with others, with a sense of humor and professional demeanor
  • A positive attitude and a passion for veterans issues and community organizing
  • Prior experience with programs, research, organizing or evaluation a plus

To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.

 

Development Intern

New York, NY

The Development Department is responsible for and leads all fundraising for IAVA, raising revenue from individual donations, foundation grants, special events, corporate contributions and sponsorships, and earned income. The Development Intern will have a unique opportunity to gain experience in both sides of development – foundations and individual giving – and to work one-on-one with professional staff experienced in both fields. The Development Intern will report to the Development Director.

The Development Intern will:

  • Have the opportunity to learn about the fundraising process, from individual donors, institutional partners, major US foundations and major corporations.
  • Develop skills in researching prospective foundations and individual donors.
  • Learn how to, and assist in, the drafting of: proposals, reports, donor cultivation letters, thank you letters, and other donor communications.
  • Get hands on learning in the planning and production of fundraising events as well as assist with scheduling for development travel.
  • Learn critical fundraising, marketing and administrative skills applicable in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, while contributing to meaningful social change.

The Development Intern should possess:

  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills.
  • Personal qualities such as: sensitivity, flexibility, and a good sense of humor.
  • Computer and software knowledge, including MS Office. Experience in working with databases and mail merge will also be beneficial.
  • Salesforce experience is a plus.

To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.

 

Salesforce Administration Intern

New York, NY

IAVA is looking for a smart, eager and technically gifted person to join our Information Systems team in helping us manage our data and online systems. The Salesforce Administration Intern will work directly with the Salesforce Architect to support IAVA’s innovative and growing Salesforce Constituent Relationship Management. The Salesforce Administration Intern will report to the Salesforce Architect.

The Salesforce Administration Intern will:

  • Use Salesforce, an industry leading database (CRM), behind the scenes, and learn valuable and sought after data management and administration skills.
  • Support the ongoing development and data integrity of database.
  • Assist in the creation and enforcement of organization-wide protocols for proper use of the database.
  • Ensuring data cleanliness and security.
  • Assist with data projects as they arise.
  • Be part of a fun and dynamic team!

The Salesforce Administration intern should possess:

  • Some experience with databases, Salesforce experience a major plus, but not required.
  • Organized, analytical, methodical thinking
  • A service-oriented approach — patient, helpful, and ready to teach other staff how to use our tech tools most effectively.
  • Passionate about finding technical solutions to organizational challenges.
  • Obsessed with accuracy.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and juggle many requests, sometimes under pressure.
  • Experience with any of the following a plus: FormAssembly, Predictive Response, Conga Composer, Data Loader, DemandTools, Camtasia
  • Interest in emerging IT and online organizing trends.
  • Strong desire to serve our returning men and women in uniform.

To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.

Policy Intern

WASHINGTON, DC

IAVA’s Policy Division is the face and voice of veterans on Capitol Hill. The Policy team has been instrumental in the most significant veterans’ advocacy victories, winning major battles in Congress (like the GI Bill), helping thousands of veterans nationwide, and making national headlines daily. The Policy Intern will have the opportunity to assist the policy team in building relationships with allied advocacy organizations. The Policy Intern will report to the Political Director

The Policy Intern Will:

  • Obtain an understanding of how policy is formed and practiced.
  • Learn how to track and analyze new legislation.
  • Have an opportunity to attend meetings on with allied organizations and partners. Receive overviews of IAVA’s internal systems in order to effectively learn how to maintain database and data input.
  • Help represent IAVA to the public and policy community.

The Policy Intern Should Possess:

  • Excellent organization and leadership skills
  • Clear, thoughtful, precise, and quick writing skills
  • A strong interest in public speaking and media
  • Knowledge of veterans’ affairs or related issues
  • A strong desire for experience in advocacy, on Capitol Hill, or with/within the federal government and within the veterans community.
  • Flexibility, dedication to mission, and a robust sense of humor – we are a rapidly growing organization, and one that is presented with many unique, interesting and exciting opportunities on a regular basis.

 

To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.

 

Legislative Intern

Washington, DC

IAVA’s Policy Division is the face and voice of veterans on Capitol Hill. The Legislative team has been instrumental in the most significant veterans’ advocacy victories, winning major battles in Congress (like the GI Bill), helping thousands of veterans nationwide, and making national headlines daily. The Legislative Intern will have the opportunity to assist the legislative team in building relationships with Congressional offices and coordinate with allied advocacy organizations. The Legislative Intern will report to the Legislative Director.

The Legislative Intern Will:

  • Obtain an understanding of how policy is formed and practiced.
  • Learn how to track and analyze new legislation.
  • Learn how to study, draft, and (possibly) publish briefs, blogs and papers on current issues facing veterans.
  • Have an opportunity to attend meetings on Capitol Hill, illustrating firsthand how Congressional hearings, events and conferences work.
  • Receive overviews of IAVA’s internal systems in order to effectively learn how to maintain database and data input.
  • Help represent IAVA to the public and policy community.

The Legislative Intern Should Possess:

  • Excellent organization and leadership skills
  • Clear, thoughtful, precise, and quick writing skills
  • A strong interest in public speaking and media
  • Knowledge of veterans’ affairs or related issues
  • A strong desire for experience in advocacy, on Capitol Hill, or with/within the federal government
  • Flexibility, dedication to mission, and a robust sense of humor – we are a rapidly growing organization, and one that is presented with many unique, interesting and exciting opportunities on a regular basis.

To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.

Research Intern

Washington, DC

As part of IAVA’s policy department, the research team researches the diverse array of issues confronting the newest generation of veterans and offers public policy solutions to these challenges. The team ensures that IAVA always has the best and most meaningful data about Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. It serves as an internal research service while also producing issue reports, blog posts and other analysis of the issues facing today’s veterans. Our issue reports offer the most comprehensive, and easy to understand, analysis and policy recommendations on the urgent issues facing new veterans. In this position, you will assist with maintaining the most up-to-date information, and researching and writing about a host of issues. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to learn how to do policy research and turn ideas and numbers into action. The Research Intern will report to the Research Director.

The Research Intern will:

      • Learn how policy research is done, from gathering and analyzing data to developing a final product.
      • Learn how to do rapid reaction and response research.
      • Learn about the issues confronting today’s generation of veterans and potentially pick an area to develop more expertise.
      • Have an opportunity to attend meetings on Capitol Hill and around DC, observing firsthand how Congressional hearings, events and conferences work.
      • Learn how to research, draft, and (possibly) publish briefs, blogs and papers on current issues facing veterans.

The Research Intern should possess:

      • Excellent research and organizational skills
      • Clear, thoughtful, precise, and quick writing skills
      • Knowledge of or interest in veterans’ affairs or related issues
      • A strong desire to do policy research
      • Flexibility, dedication to mission, and a robust sense of humor – we are a rapidly growing organization, and one that is presented with many unique, interesting and exciting opportunities on a regular basis.

To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.