Internship Programs 

The internship is the cornerstone of the Foundation's work. We provide young leaders the opportunity to intern at the best in-class companies and entities in the Washington, D.C. area. Working and living together with fellow young professionals from across the globe, professionals gain valuable workplace skills and build a network so they can pursue the career of their choice.

The Foundation partners with governments, institutions and companies across the world to create tailor-made programs for groups of young professionals. 

Sample Program Format 

A 15-week intensive program typically includes: 

  • Full-time internship, four days a week
  • Full day, weekly career specific workshops
  • Visits to governments, organizations and events
  • Networking opportunities 
  • High end housing shared with other program participants from the U.S. and other countries.
  • Dedicated professional mentors who assess goal achievement for each participant
  • Online platform to interact with mentors
  • Access to 50,000 alumni network at the completion of the program
  • Visa processing 
  • 24/7 assistance

Case Study: Mexico 100 

Funded by the Department of  Education of Mexico and the Department of Social Development as part of the PROYECTA 100,000 Initiative, and administered in partnership with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Mexico 100 internship program was designed to train Mexican young leaders from public universities on professional skills. The program also focused on teaching them how to develop cross-sector partnerships to strengthen civil society and address social challenges. 

This unique program gave Mexican young professionals the opportunity to intern in Washington D.C. organizations where participants observed and learned about professional practices. Participants developed a team project or initiative that focused on specific youth-related themes provided by our funding partners while using the resources of the capital of the United States.

This was a life-changing experience. Thank you for showing us that we are capable of having initiative, power and good ideas. We just need the support to achieve our goals”

— Mexico 100 Initiative participant,
Montserrat Lara, MD.
Trained at American Public Health Association.



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