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Intern at Catholic Relief Services

An internship at Catholic Relief Services provides you with professional experience, knowledge and skills to help you enter the world of international NGOs. CRS offers you the opportunity to work with a diverse group of colleagues and gain exposure to the international relief & development world, valuable contacts and useful references. An internship at CRS is an excellent way to develop your professional skills and explore the field of international development with a faith-based organization.


Why Intern at CRS?

An internship at Catholic Relief Services gives you an introduction to the world of international relief and development. It is an opportunity for you to gain professional experience, network with potentially useful contacts, and learn what it is like to work for a faith-based organization. A CRS internship provides learning and mentoring. You will receive regular guidance from your supervisor designed to help you get the most out of your internship experience.

Eligibility

To apply for an internship at Catholic Relief Services, you must be a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate college student or have graduated within the last year.

Availability & Commitment

CRS offers both paid internships over the summer and unpaid internships during the academic year. Unpaid internships are initiated by students interested in a learning and working experience with CRS and can take place throughout the academic year when CRS is able to identify a department to host. These internships are non-competitive, are typically arranged the semester prior, and then start at the beginning of the semester. Paid internships are competitive and take place during the summer. For all internships, interns are expected to commit to at least 10 weeks, though internships can last longer. Internships can be part-time (usually 15-20 hours/week or full time (35 hours/week).

Application Process

If you are interested in an unpaid internship at CRS, you may contact Human Resources by sending an email to intern@crs.org along your resume, cover letter, degree, academic level, and availability. Once we have all the information we need from you, we will explore internship possibilities and respond to you within 2-3 weeks with the next steps. CRS cannot guarantee an offer of an internship but we will do our best to match up your skills with a relevant department.

Paid internships are posted alongside our regular CRS job openings on the CRS.org careers page. These internships are competitive, and we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

Please click on the "Summer Internship Program" tab for more information.

Intern Qualifications

We are looking for interns who possess strong organizational skills and the ability to collaborate in a team environment. Proactive individuals with strong interpersonal skills and oral/written communications and the commitment and ability to produce high quality, accurate work in an efficient and timely manner are the most successful. Proficiency in MS Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is highly desirable.

Part-time or Full-time

CRS is able to offer both part-time and full-time internships during the academic year, though this depends on the department. Most paid summer internships are full-time (35hours/ week). Part time interns work anywhere from 15 to 20 hours per week.

Academic Credit

CRS is happy to work with universities to satisfy institutional requirements for academic credit. Location CRS internships take place at CRS headquarters in Baltimore, the CRS DC office, and in US regional offices in California, Texas, Illinois, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. Overseas internships may take place in CRS country program offices or CRS regional offices.

Housing and Transportation

Unfortunately, CRS does not have the resources to provide or assist with housing or transportation for U.S.-based interns. Interns are expected to cover the following: housing cost, relocation expense to Baltimore/HQ, food, transportation. For overseas internships, interns should expect to cover all these costs as well, though occasionally CRS is in a position to provide or facilitate identification of housing.

Overseas Internships

CRS is able to offer a limited number of overseas internships to graduate students whom we place in CRS country program and regional offices around the world. Usually these internships take place during the academic year. Overseas internships are unpaid, and interns or their universities are expected to cover costs for transportation to and from the country, housing, food, and health and evacuation insurance.

The Summer Internship Program is CRS's formal internship program. The program takes place from June to August for a period of 10 - 12 weeks (in some cases the internship may extend beyond the summer months). Interns work in departments across the organization and are responsible for a variety of tasks based on their skill set and the needs of their departments. Interns receive regular guidance, direction, and support from their supervisor to ensure a successful learning experience.

Components of the Program

Orientation: The Summer Internship Program begins with an orientation and onboarding program. This is an opportunity for you to get to know your fellow interns and learn about the CRS vision, mission, and culture.

Performance Management: In the first week of the internship, interns work with their supervisors to create a performance plan with performance objectives and personal goals for their internship. Interns generally meet with their supervisors weekly and have one formal coaching session halfway through the internship. In the final internship week, a final performance assessment takes place. Informational Interviews: Interns are encouraged to set up informational interviews to explore potential fields of interest and speak to CRS staff in departments across the agency. The intern coordinator can help interns set up these interviews.

Bi-weekly activities: Interns participate in collaborative bi-weekly activities such as lunch with other interns, brown bag sessions, pot lucks, informational meeting opportunities with CRS senior staff, and a collaborative intern project to culminate the internship experience.

Application Process

Internship opportunities are posted alongside our regular CRS job openings on the CRS.org careers page. To apply, look for individual internship postings on our CRS careers website here. Type "Internship" in the search box and a list of our available internships will be displayed.

  • Internships can also be accessed on the careers page through the link available in the main internships landing page.
  • Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for the internship/s that most closely matches their field of study and skill set.
  • Candidates will receive an email for a video interview within 3-5 days of their application submission.
  • The application and video interviews are reviewed and eligible candidates are contacted for a phone or Skype interview with the hiring manager for their internship.

A Typical Summer Internship

Interns work in US regional offices and in various departments in the US Operations, Overseas Operations, Human Resources and Finance Divisions across the organization and are responsible for a variety of tasks based on the needs of the department and interns' skill sets. Interns receive regular guidance, direction, and support from their supervisor to ensure a successful working and learning experience. Summer interns are invited to participate in meetings, lunches with other interns, CRS brown bag sessions, pot lucks, and a collaborative intern project to culminate the internship experience.

Important Application Dates

Most Summer Internship positions are posted on the CRS careers website March 15- May 15, though some may be posted later.

CRS summer internships are competitive, and we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

Location

CRS summer internships are based in CRS headquarters in Baltimore, the CRS D.C. office, and in U.S. regional offices in Pennsylvania, San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Antonio.

Housing and Transportation

Unfortunately, CRS does not have the resources to provide or assist with housing or transportation for U.S.-based interns. Interns are expected to cover the following: housing cost, relocation expense to Baltimore/HQ, food, transportation. For overseas internships, interns should expect to cover all these costs as well, though occasionally CRS is in a position to provide or facilitate identification of housing.

What is the goal of the CRS Internship Program?

To provide graduate and undergraduate students with learning, professional experience, knowledge, and skills to explore the work of CRS and international relief and development.

Does CRS offer paid and unpaid internships?

Yes, CRS offers both paid and unpaid internships. Our paid internships take place during the summer June-August and our unpaid internships take place throughout the year.

When are internships available?

CRS offers internships throughout the year. The greatest number of internships in the U.S. is available over the summer.

How many interns does CRS bring on each year?

In a typical year, CRS brings on board 6-10 overseas interns, 15-20 summer interns, and 10-15 interns throughout the year.

What is the application process like?

The application process is different for paid and unpaid internships.

For a paid internship, you will complete an online application, followed by a video interview. If you qualify, you will be contacted by your internship department for an interview.

For an unpaid internship, you may contact the internship unit at CRS by sending an email to intern@crs.org along with your resume, cover letter, degree, academic level, and availability. Once we have all the information we need from you, we will explore internship possibilities and respond to you within 2-3 weeks with the next steps. CRS cannot guarantee an offer of an internship, but we will do our best to match up your skills with a relevant internship position.

What is the timing for the internship hiring process?

The hiring process is different for paid and unpaid internships. The hiring process for the paid Summer Internship Program takes approximately 4-5 weeks from the time of application until decisions are made.

For unpaid internships, we will respond to you within 2-3 weeks after receipt of initial email and documents submission. An additional couple of weeks is required to process the relevant documents if there is an internship match.

CRS cannot guarantee an offer of an internship, but we will do our best to match up your skills with a relevant internship position in the agency.

When will I hear about the status of my application?

As positions are filled, candidates will be notified either by phone or e-mail of their status. Usually candidates hearafter 4-5 weeks for paid internships and 2-3 weeks for unpaid internships.

Do you accept international students?

Yes. International students must be legally authorized to work in the United States during the application process and for the duration of the internship.

How many hours will I be working?

Overseas interns are expected to work 40 hours a week. US based interns generally work between 15 - 35 hours a week.

Do interns have to be college students?

Interns must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students or have graduated within the last year.

Does CRS cover any housing or travel expenses?

Unfortunately, CRS does not have the resources to provide or assist with housing or transportation for U.S.-based interns. Interns are expected to cover the following: housing cost, relocation expense to Baltimore/HQ, food, transportation. For overseas internships, interns should expect to cover all these costs as well, though occasionally CRS is in a position to provide or facilitate identification of housing.

Where will the internships be based?

CRS internships take place at CRS headquarters in Baltimore, the CRS DC office, and in US regional offices in California, Texas, Illinois, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. Overseas internships may take place in CRS country program offices or CRS regional offices.

Whom should I contact if I have other questions not answered here?

Please send any additional questions to intern@crs.org.

Following are excerpts from CRS 2013 Summer Internship Program interns

Siobhan Cooney – Major Gifts "Working with CRS last summer was one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had. I worked in the Major Gifts Unit in the Baltimore headquarters. Everyone opens their arms out to you and wants to help you and include you in any way they can. I spoke with people who were working abroad; I sat in on staff meetings for my unit; and I worked on projects that would provide interaction with the donors. The summer helped me to see what CRS really does and how it continues to do such amazing work in our world. Being able to work in a place that views you as a contributor and not just an intern is a gift to anyone looking to intern with CRS. Not only did I gain work experience, I gained knowledge about CRS and I gained friendships with my coworkers". - Siobhan Cooney - Major Gifts Intern

"Typically, college GIS programs at the undergrad level do not have the ability to teach GIS server development, so getting a chance to work with those applications at my skill level was a unique opportunity". - Matthew Pagan - GIS Server Integration Intern

"This was truly a great experience. I have learned so much and that learning was done in a truly positive and accepting atmosphere. The internship program allowed me to get to know this agency better while having a support of fellow interns and staff from HR". - Clare Pressimone - Legislative Affairs Intern

"The most rewarding aspect of the internship program for me was being able to help develop community-giving project ad give advice from the perspective of a college student. I've come to realize how extraordinarily important it is to engage college students with the work of CRS, not only for the sake of the organization, but to raise basic awareness on important global issues. I was able to sit in on staff meetings which helped me understand how to strategize and combine ideas with a group of people. Working for CRS this summer was a great experience and an amazing stepping stone for me". - Martha McKinley - Regional Outreach Intern

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