Intern with Learning Life

Learning Life engages interns all year, in spring, summer and fall. Like our programs, the internship is online, though students in metro Washington DC, where Learning Life is based, may have one or more face-to-face meetings or events during their internship. New interns typically start in January, May or August. Interested university graduate and undergraduate can submit their resumes at any time at The internship details follow.


About Learning Life and the Internship

Learning Life is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit devoted to spreading learning in everyday life beyond school walls.  We pursue this mission by developing innovative learning communities. Our flagship program, the Family Diplomacy Initiative (FDI), connects families online across lines of country, class, race and religion to develop a family form of citizen diplomacy for a more caring world.  Our International Mentoring Program helps open the world to children from lower-income families in the USA and abroad.  Our Democracy Dinners nurture deeper conversation across specialty silos among democracy sector activists, academics, professionals and elected officials in metro D.C. 

Learning Life accepts resumes from graduate and undergraduate students worldwide interested in interning with us remotely.  The internship ranges from 8 to 30 hours per week, depending on academic requirements, though most of our interns work 8-10 hours/week and do not take their internship for course credit. The internship is currently strictly remote, so students can intern from anywhere in the USA, and in selected cases from abroad. Depending on each student’s interests and skills plus our organizational needs, interns support the above-mentioned three programs, especially FDI, assisting with a variety of tasks including research and writing; local to global outreach via social media, email and phone; document translation and/or live language interpreting; website and design; photo and video recording and/or editing; fundraising, and more.

The internship typically starts in early-to-late January, mid-to-late May or late August with a 1-2 hour orientation meeting via Zoom.  Interns must be able to commit a minimum of 8-10 hours/week: about 6-8 hours/week of independent work + and 2-4 hours of work meetings, including a live one-on-one meeting via Zoom once per week with Learning Life’s Director, Paul Lachelier, to go over work completed and assign new tasks.

The internship is unpaid, but offers substantive, resume-building experience working on innovative international education and citizen engagement initiatives, and a formal reference and/or recommendation letter upon request given satisfactory performance. 

The Interns We Are Looking For

Applicants should be interested in international affairs, diplomacy, communications (video, photo and/or social media, especially Facebook), education, and/or children and families, and also be outgoing, organized, detail-oriented, motivated and punctual.  The ability to read, write and speak French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, or any other major language at an advanced to fluent level is a plus, as are poster and video-making skills.

How to Apply 

Send your resume to  No need for a cover letter.  Please indicate in your email when you would like to start interning with Learning Life (January, May, or August), and whether you speak any major languages other than English and at what level (basic, intermediate, advanced, or fluent). Mr. Lachelier will contact you to schedule an interview if your resume matches what we are looking for.  Thank you for your interest!