Frequently asked questions

Internship Frequently Asked Questions

Laura Groggel fourth from left, with members of the Women’s Farming association in Lesotho

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  1. What is the goal of the CRS Internship program?
    CRS strives to provide graduate and undergraduate student interns with learning, professional experience and skill development while exploring our work, and international relief and development in general.
  2. When are internships available?
    CRS offers internships throughout the year. Most U.S.-based internships are offered during the summer.  
  3. How many interns does CRS hire annually?
    Typically CRS hires 6 to 10 overseas interns and 20 to 25 summer interns. An additional 15 to 20 interns are hired throughout the year.
  4. What is the application process like?
    Paid internships are posted on the CRS careers webpage. After completing the online application, the next step is a video interview. Those who qualify will be contacted for an interview with a hiring manager. 
  5. How long is the hiring process?
    The hiring process for a paid internship takes approximately 4 to 5 weeks. 
  6. When will I know the status of my application?
    As positions are filled, candidates will be notified by phone or email. Candidates for paid internships usually are notified within 4 to 5 weeks of applying.
  7. 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. 
  8. How many hours will I be working?
    Overseas interns are expected to work 40 hours per week. U.S.-based interns generally work 15 to 35 hours a week.
  9. Do interns have to be college students?
    Interns must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students or must have graduated within the past year. 
  10. 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 costs: relocation, transportation, housing and food. Interns working overseas should expect to cover these costs as well, though occasionally CRS may be able to identify housing.
  11. Where are interns based? 
    CRS interns work at our headquarters in Baltimore, in our Washington, DC, office, or in U.S. regional offices in California, Texas, Illinois, Georgia or Pennsylvania. Overseas interns may work in CRS country program offices or CRS regional offices. 
  12. Whom should I contact with questions?
    For questions not answered here, please email [email protected].