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interns and volunteers

  • A WE International internship will practically show you how your values combine with your education and skills to effectively serve worldwide.

    “I had the privilege of doing my Social Work field study internship with We International on Lingira Island in Uganda…I believe that WE is on a good track, taking time to value the microfinance participants they are in relationship with by giving them a chance to succeed….Overall, it is difficult for me to write so little to summarize because the trip was such an incredible learning experience for me.” ~ Tim Collier WE International first intern 2008

    Internships are available during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Internships are available in both full and part-time positions. Below is the general time frame for each season:

    Spring – January through mid-May
    Summer – June through August
    Fall – September through mid-December

    These competitive internships are designed to be a learning opportunity for individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in various aspects of NGO work, nonprofit management, international development work, etc. An internship with WEI offers more than work experience; it is an opportunity to make a difference in the world.

    As an intern you will have the opportunity to work alongside WE International staff who are committed to helping you develop professional experience as you tackle real goals and offer insight and creativity into the work of WEI. You will get experience in your specific role, but you will also learn about what it takes to manage current initiatives and develop new projects.

    Additionally, as an intern, you get to live and work with a community of individuals who want to change the world, as well as live in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. Within this collaborative, creative team environment, we guarantee that you will be personally challenged and grow more than you thought possible in just a few short months. Please read on to find out more about our intern program.

    **To get exact dates and more information, please email us at

  • As an intern, you will not only be trained in your specific position, but you will be trained on WEI’s vision and goals.

    Skills Gained:

    • Database management
    • Fundraising
    • Customer Service
    • Effective Communication
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Donor Relations
    • Non-Profit Operations
    • Teamwork
    • Leadership
    • Creative Problem Solving

    Our internships can fit within a wide range of intended careers or proposed majors. Because we have a small staff, our interns take on a lot of responsibility and are crucial to the successful operation of the organization. During your time at WEI, you will gain skills not only through the specific internship you complete, but also from the dynamic environment of which you will be a part.


    The WE International Internship Program is an excellent opportunity to complement your studies and gain invaluable work experience. There is also a good chance you will be able to earn Internship credit at your college or university. Please inquire first about requirements and paperwork with your academic advisor.

    All internships are unpaid, and we suggest that interns raise funds for personal items, food, and living expenses.

  • The WE International Internship Program offers a variety of internships in the following areas:

    • Accounting & Development
    • Communications
    • Development Communications
    • Donor Administration
    • Film / Editing
    • Graphic Design
    • Human Resources / Recruiting
    • International Development
    • Marketing
    • Movement / Event Planning
    • Fulfillment
    • Social Media
    • Web Design & Analytics

    **Available internships vary slightly by semester. Some terms we may have additional opportunities and others we may have fewer.

  • WE International exists to address poverty and injustice issues in the less developed world, giving hope to people who live in difficult,  if not desperate, situations. We are united in our mission in using a relational approach to how we work together, and how we implement development.

    WE respect each other.

    Each person—whether a volunteer or a former victim of human trafficking—is a unique individual in unique circumstances.

    WE don’t give charity. WE empower.

    WE share the conviction that where you live should not determine whether you live. It’s not about pity or handouts, but giving dignity, and seeing the restoration of basic human rights.

    WE walk in humility.

    WE strive to maintain this quality as individuals and as a global community.

    WE love a good idea.

    A good idea is a good idea, regardless of the source.

    WE take risks.

    We balance the philosophy of “jump first, fear later” with the understanding that deliberate decisions and strategic planning are essential to creating lasting change.

    WE are committed to excellence and authenticity.

    We do everything with integrity, and we will not cut corners or settle for “good enough” in our programs, or our business operations.

    WE are united as staff.

    Our staff comes from diverse backgrounds but we are all fundamentally driven by our determination to make a difference in the world. We trust our model and we trust each other.

    WE enjoy idealism.

    We believe that nothing is impossible if we work hard enough and approach the problem correctly.

  • Please send your resume and a completed application to

    Download the WEI Internship Application form here.

    We look forward to connecting with you!