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Catholic Relief Services is committed to offering opportunities for learning and growth in the field of international relief and development. CRS interns gain professional experience, build relevant knowledge and skills, and satisfy academic requirements. Our internships are ideal for individuals who aspire to build their practical knowledge and experience in the non-profit sector of international relief and development.

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U.S. Based Internships

CRS’ internships offer opportunities to learn about international relief and development from sector experts. Interns work with our technical teams (health, agriculture, education, emergency response, etc.) as well as our core operations teams (human resources, finance, marketing, communications, logistics, and information technology). CRS welcomes interns to work from remote locations in the U.S.

CRS internships are diverse in scope and nature. Some recent interns have applied and expanded their skills by:

  • Supporting advocacy work in Washington, D.C.
  • Collecting and analyzing data with the Agriculture/Livelihoods team
  • Developing anti-trafficking communications
  • Tracking the impact of COVID-19 on global markets and supply chains
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Join Our Diverse Team

Intern Profile

We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. We seek interns who have the interest, skills and knowledge to support and advance our work and thrive in a collaborative environment.

The internship requirements vary by role and will be detailed in the job description. Some general guidance on required and preferred qualifications is provided below.

Required Qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Strong written and spoken English
  • Organized, proactive, strong writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to work in a multi-cultural team setting
  • Produces high quality work
  • Proficient in MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
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Application Process

Three Simple Steps

Step 1

Apply to specific internship opportunities, posted on the CRS Careers Site.

Step 2

Interview for an internship position.

Step 3

Provide professional references.

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Partnership Opportunities

Opportunities for Universities and Colleges

We recognize that more and more universities are looking to ensure that their students graduate with a global perspective. At CRS, we share that passion and commitment to help students learn about the challenges facing developing countries and how we can most effectively partner with communities to secure a better future. Learning is at the core of our internships and CRS partners with several universities and colleges to place students in learning opportunities that are profound and support professional development and career planning. If your university or faculty would like to create a more formal partnership with CRS, contact us at [email protected].

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Frequently Asked Questions

We are glad you are interested in learning more about internships with CRS. Please check out our FAQs below. For additional information regarding U.S based internships, please contact us at [email protected].

Applications for most internships are reviewing on a rolling basis. The timeframe for response varies for each position. Strong candidates for the position are usually contacted for an interview within 3-4 weeks of their application submission. Candidates will also receive a notification if their application has not been selected for further review or if the position has been filled.

CRS’ U.S. based internships align with the academic calendar. CRS offers internships during the spring and fall semesters.

Yes. U.S. based interns are paid an hourly wage, which is based on the State’s minimum wage. Interns are hired as short term, temporary employees. As a short-term temporary staff, CRS cannot offer medical or health insurance. However, interns are eligible for sick leave.

Yes. International students can be hired as interns for CRS if they have U.S. work authorization (i.e., CPT or OPT) at the time of application.

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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

CRS is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Selection and hiring decisions are made without regard to sex, gender identity, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status or any other protected area.

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, due to a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email [email protected].