AFSA Elections Internship

(This internship is only offered every 2 years in the spring. It will next be offered in the spring of 2019.)


AFSA is pleased to offer an internship solely focused on the AFSA Governing Board Election to college students and recent graduates interested in the U.S. Foreign Service, election management, labor law, and non-profit boards.


Applicants who are college juniors, seniors, or recent graduates (those who have graduated within the past year) are eligible to apply.

Interns must be hard-working, dependable, detail-oriented, possess excellent writing skills, and native level fluency in English. Experience with Microsoft Office is a must. Applicants should have an interest in union elections, labor relations, or the U.S. Foreign Service.

Functional Areas:

Elections, Membership, Operations

Position Description:

The elections intern reports to the lead AFSA staff member on elections. The intern will directly assist with the entire election process.

Primary Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Contacting nominees and candidates for eligibility and campaign material
  • Assist in the management of all election procedures
  • Format promotional materials
  • Collaborate with communications department to publicize election and encourage participation.
  • Draft meeting minutes for all elections meetings
  • Attend town hall meetings and assist the Director in preparations and time management
  • Answer election questions from members and candidates
  • Provide replacement ballots to members
  • Review and edit campaign literature for adherence to regulations

This internship will only be offered every other spring (January-May) semester, next in 2017. Interns are expected to work at least 20 hours per week, two to three days per week, which is inclusive to attending critical elections meetings. We are happy to coordinate with the appropriate college office for the conferral of academic credit for the internship. All interns are responsible for arranging their own housing, transportation costs and their own expenses. All interns will receive a stipend commensurate with the hours worked: Those working 19 hours or fewer will receive $300; those who work 20-29 hours receive $500; and those who commit to 30-40 hours will receive $700.

To Apply:

Please email cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample (less than 3 pages; class notes are acceptable as sample) to AFSA's membership department at by January 10, 2019. Please include your start and end dates in your cover letter.

AFSA Member Services
2101 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20037