Internships at IAVA

IAVA is looking for highly motivated Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, family members, and civilian supporters to fill openings in our 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. Please consult with your career office or academic advisor to determine eligibility prior to applying. (Recent graduates – check in with your school’s career office or academic advisor to determine if you are eligible for a ‘zero credit’ option.)

Please note that because of the high volume of applications that we receive, we appreciate your patience through this process.

New York City Internships

Washington, D.C. Internships

 

Executive Office 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. The Executive Office intern will have high level exposure to an exciting world of political, military, nonprofit and corporate leaders, and will have a chance to significantly affect IAVA’s overall productivity.

The Executive Office Intern will:

  • Receiving/tracking ingoing/outgoing mail
  • Drafting correspondence
  • Preparation of schedule and briefing documents (printing/assembling in folders)
  • Handling special requests made of the EO (gear, gifts, etc)
  • Data entry in Salesforce
  • Distribution of voicemail messages
  • Light scheduling
  • Assisting on special projects as needed

To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.

 

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.

 

Membership Intern

New York, NY

The membership department ensures the day-to-day member interaction and customer service needs are being met while creating new opportunities for member engagement. These opportunities are sourced through traditional partner engagement and organic member driven events.

The Membership 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.

The Membership Intern should possess:

  • Initiative and good judgment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications.
  • Creative and critical thinking skills.

To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.

Graphic Design and Web Development Intern

New York, NY

Using the most innovative tools, IAVA’s Digital Engagement Department is a leader in new media, technology and online organizing. In this position, you will learn how to manage and grow of IAVA’s digital products and properties through web development on our CMS platform (Drupal). We’re looking for a student developer with a hunger for learning, content development and social change. The Graphic and Web Development Intern will report to the Digital Engagement Director.

The Graphic and Web Development Intern will:

  • Learn how develop new webpages and graphics for IAVA.org and our related micro-sites (NewGIBill.org, TheRucksack.org), using original materials and materials provided by our marketing team.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in the creation of content for a variety of external uses, including webpages, e-mail communication, social media and mobile applications.
  • Build the skills necessary to tackle technical problems large and small, from building a new digital campaign center to editing the way a link displays on a blog post.
  • Build individual skill base within the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop and Illustrator primarily), Drupal, CSS and XHTML.
  • Learn how to take UX/UI challenges and present comprehensive, innovative solutions.
  • Maximize the use of Google analytics and user testing tools in everyday work.
  • Have the opportunity to attend relevant trade lectures and talks in the NYC area.
  • Build the skills necesaary to tackle technical problems large and small, from building a new digital campaign center to editing the way a link displays on a blog post.

The Graphic and Web Development Intern should possess:

  • Basic development skills in HTML, CSS, Javascript and Drupal preferred
  • Attention to detail – strong writing and editing skills
  • A positive attitude
  • Resourceful, innovative forward thinking
  • Ability to work well with others, with a sense of humor and professional demeanor
  • Enthusiasm for social media and online organizing

To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.

 

Programs Intern

New York, NY

IAVA’s Program team strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide leadership for our country and their local communities. We work toward this vision through programs in four key impact areas: supporting new veterans in Health, Education, Employment and building a lasting Community for veterans and their families.

IAVA’s programs empower and support our community both online and offline, expand our reach and allow our organization to make a deeper and lasting impact on veterans and their families for years to come. The Program Intern will report to the Program Director.

The Program Intern will:

  • 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
  • Assist with coordination and execution of IAVA programs and represent IAVA at program events, as well as other relevant community events and conferences.
  • Learn how develop and execute key programs offered to IAVA’s membership
  • Maintain a pulse on the day-to-day needs and concerns of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and regularly engage with IAVA members about their involvement in IAVA programs
  • Conduct desk research and draft 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 evaluting program impact through support of the creation of surveys and other assessment tools, as well as with data analysis and reports
  • Gain exposure to, through provision of administrative and programmatic support, IAVA’s signature case management program, which may include client intake, recordkeeping, research and communication with service providers

The Program Intern should possess:

  • 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.

 

Online Community User Experience Intern

New York, NY

As the Online Community User Experience (UX) Intern, you will be instrumental in helping our User Experience team manage our online communities, such as Community of Veterans, and execute our overall UX strategy. You will also support the UX team by researching user trends and recognizing successful campaign ideas.

The Online Community User Experience Intern will:

  • Learn how to answer technical support e-mails and field questions about our guidelines
  • Build the skills to provide member information and support
  • Learn how to manage and analyze UX data
  • Research digital strategies and how we can better support our online community

The Online Community User Experience Intern should possess:

  • Proficient skills in Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Basic familiarity with social media
  • Strong analytical skills

Special Qualification Requirement

To maintain the integrity of the CoV site, the Program Intern, CoV must be a veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan. Evidence of service, such as DD214 forms, will need to be provided before an offer is finalized.

To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.

 

Development Intern

New York, NY

The Development Department is responsible 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.

 

Strategic Partnerships Intern

New York, NY

The Operations Division houses the Financial, Operations, Information Systems and Human Capital Departments. The Operations Intern would support the financial processes, HR practices, and office management of IAVA’s NY headquarters. 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 Strategic Partnerships Intern will:

  • Have the opportunity to learn the skills of creating, cultivating and managing all levels of corporate partnerships
  • Develop skills in researching prospective corporations, nonprofits and individuals to target for potential partnerships
  • Learn how to, and assist in, the drafting of: proposals, memorandums of understanding (contracts), thank you letters, and other stewardship communications
  • Learn how to organize and manage IAVA Rucksack events including Salesforce entry, promotion, fulfillment, execution and follow up
  • Get hands on learning in the planning and presentation of partnership pitch documents as well as assist with scheduling for departmental 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 Strategic Partnerships should possess:

  • Strong communication and organizing skills
  • Excellent writing, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Personal qualities such as: outgoing, flexibility, entrepreneurial spirit, and a good sense of humor
  • Experience in advertising, marketing, with films, television, music and/or events a plus

To apply: Click Here to complete our online application.

Advocacy Intern

Washington, DC

IAVA’s Policy Department is the face and voice of veterans on Capitol Hill. This 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 Advocacy intern will have the opportunity to assist the legislative team in building relationships with Congressional offices and coordinate with allied advocacy organizations. The Advocacy Intern will report to the Political Director.

The Advocacy 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 Advocacy 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.