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Intern/Volunteer with Us

Announcing SCUSA's Summer 2022 Internship

Summer Internship

Sibling Cities USA (SCUSA) seeks a summer Intern to support its work connecting US cities. We seek interns with a passion for bridge building, public affairs, political science, and/or community service. Experience with communications, cross-partisan dialogue, and/or economics/business is a plus.

Internship Activities

SCUSA interns will have opportunities to:

  • Participate in planning and strategy sessions

  • Attend meetings with partner organizations and city leaders

  • Research cities wanting to make connections and organizations interested in partnering

  • Support SCUSA communications, including our website, social media, and newsletter

  • Facilitate coordination with national board members, city staff, and community leaders

  • Research policy issues related to city connections

  • Help develop and implement SCUSA and city pair operations and procedures

  • Event planning

  • Fundraising research and grant application tasks

  • Administrative support including participant and connection tracking, task tracking, and mailing list management

Applicants should

  • Be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, preferably in public affairs, political science, communications, or a related field

  • Have excellent research and analytical skills

  • Have superb written and verbal communications skills, including a strong command of written and spoken English

  • Possess strong administrative and logistical skills, including the ability to complete multiple tasks with overlapping deadlines

  • Show initiative and responsibility for work assignments

  • Be flexible and possess problem-solving skills

  • Work well independently and with a team

  • Be highly accurate and precise, and pay attention to detail

  • Be proficient with word processing, spreadsheet, and slideshow software, as well as shared online workspaces including group documents, calendars and task management tools


Timing/Compensation: The summer internship can be either full-time or part-time (approximately 20 hours per week). This internship is unpaid; however, SCUSA will work with your university to seek a stipend, fellowship, or academic credit for your work. The internship may start any time after May 15, 2022.

Location:  Remote, with in-person opportunities. The intern will attend regular video/audio conferences with Founder Vicki Veenker in Palo Alto and the City Coordinators in Palo Alto, CA and Bloomington, IN. The intern will also be invited to videoconferences with joint and local steering committees, experts, community leaders, and partner organizations. When in-person meetings and events are possible, the intern will be invited to attend those as well, as schedules allow. Preferably, interns will be located in or near Bloomington or Palo Alto.

Benefits of interning with SCUSA

  • Behind the scenes look at a rapidly growing national non-profit

  • Attend meetings with leaders from different regions of the country to listen and learn 

  • Exposure to real-world public policy considerations impacting US cities

  • Develop communications skills

  • Gain experience in event and meeting planning

  • Work as a social entrepreneur developing new and constructive ways for Americans to interact

  • Learn how to operate in a non-partisan way in today’s highly partisan world

  • Be part of a team

  • Cultivate a deeper awareness of your skills and interests

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to with the subject line “SCUSA Internship Application.” No phone calls please.

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