Internships at IAVA

IAVA is looking for highly motivated post 9/11 veterans, family members, and civilian supporters to fill openings in our spring 2020 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.

New York City Internships

Washington, D.C. Internships


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.

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:

  • 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.

Government Affairs Intern


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 Government Affairs Intern will have the opportunity to assist the policy team in building relationships with allied advocacy organizations.

The Government Affairs 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 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 Government Affairs 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.