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2019 Volunteer Coordinator

Halifax International Security Forum is seeking an intern to work in its Washington, DC office. Halifax International Security Forum is a multifaceted organization dedicated to achieving lasting security and peace by strengthening strategic cooperation among democracies through close dialogue between the world’s key leaders and influencers. As an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization, Halifax International Security Forum conducts a variety of expanding programs with the aim of addressing today’s most pressing security threats. Halifax’s programming includes its eponymous flagship event, Halifax International Security Forum, the world’s premiere foreign affairs and defense conference; Halifax Peace With Women Fellowship; John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service; and “Pete and Steve’s The World”, a podcast.

The internship will provide exposure to a variety of international security issues and the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the daily operation of a dynamic and expanding international security and foreign policy non-profit. The person will primarily assist in managing the organization’s volunteer program around the organization’s signature annual conference, and will have the opportunity to support the organization’s communications efforts, contribute to the development and implementation of Halifax’s other programming, and help facilitate smooth daily office operations. This internship will begin in July 2019 and continue through January 2020, with the possibility of accompanying staff to the annual Forum. Applicants should be available for a full-time schedule Monday-Friday from 9:00am-6:00pm.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Manage the organization’s volunteer program and network, including outreach and recruitment, training, scheduling, and onsite management at the Forum;
  • Support the Event Manager in conference preparation and management;
  • Research potential conference participants and speakers;
  • Update and maintain the organization’s internal database;
  • Assist in social media management including Twitter and Facebook;
  • Assist in website maintenance and updates;
  • Follow current events relevant to the international security agenda;
  • Provide research support;
  • Support other team members in their various functions.

Preferred Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in International Relations, Political Science or a related field;
  • Demonstrated coursework and/or internships in the field of international relations/security;
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to effectively direct and interact with all levels of staff and across different cultures;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to effectively present information and respond to questions;
  • Must be able to demonstrate writing abilities;
  • Preferred experience with website and database management – ideally WordPress and Salesforce
  • Previous experience in social media management;
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Excel;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; and
  • Familiarity with Apple products a plus.

Other details
Start Date: July 15, 2019

End Date: January 24, 2020

Hours per week: A full-time schedule Monday-Friday

Compensation: $1,840 stipend per month

How to apply
Please submit one PDF including a cover letter, resume, 1-2 references and a 1-2 page writing sample by email to applications @ halifaxtheforum.org. Enter “Volunteer Coordinator Internship” in the subject line. Only complete applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
Job Type: Internship