US Internships at Self-Help

Looking for an internship at Self-Help? Here are some specifics to get you started.

THE SELF-HELP INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP is a hand-on professional development opportunity for students interested in global issues of hunger, poverty and development at the Waverly, Iowa office location.

Interns are an integral part of Self-Help International, with opportunities to learn first-hand what it’s like to work for an international non-profit organization and increase their understanding of the international fight against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.  Working in this small, dedicated office means that interns work directly with the staff members on real projects in a truly international environment.

Each academic semester and summer, a select group of highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students is admitted to this program, which provides interns with the opportunity to take significant responsibility and initiative in planning and carrying out a wide range of projects, including:

Interns come from a variety of academic disciplines, including communications, business, graphic design, marketing, nutrition and food science, political science, international relations and world languages.  Internship assignments are specialized according to an individual’s background, skills, and area of interest.

Successful candidates have: a strong academic background, a solid work ethic, a capacity for analytical thinking, strong attention to detail and excellent oral and written communication skills.  They are enthusiastic and flexible learners, capable of both taking direction and working independently.

All selected interns share a commitment to carrying out Self-Help International’s mission of alleviating hunger by helping people help themselves.

Interns are unpaid but may be eligible for academic credit.  Internships are offered on both a part-time and a full-time basis.  The program offers flexibility for each intern’s individual schedule provided that a regular schedule is maintained.  A minimum of a one semester / full summer commitment is required.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  To apply, please submit the following items to Nora Tobin at

  • Completed Internship Application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing motivation, academic background, and relevant work experience
  • Writing sample if applying for communications/public relations internship
  • Sample of work if applying for graphic design internship