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Friday, October 31, 2008

TweetThis! Intern Opportunities at Catholic Relief Services

Intern Casey Johnson with CRS partner organization in Mwansa,  Tanzania

Intern Casey Johnson with CRS partner organization in Mwansa, Tanzania

CRS partners with select universities in the United States to support long-term relationships, as well as to engage students in meaningful internships. This program fosters a deeper understanding of the work of CRS and its partners overseas.

Universities Participating in the CRS Intern Program

We are currently partnering for the Internship Program with Boston College, Cabrini College, Fordham University, Santa Clara University, Seattle University, The University of Notre Dame, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Villanova University and Johns Hopkins University. If you are a student at one of these universities, please contact the following individuals:

If you are not a student at one of these universities, your engagement with Catholic Relief Services would still be encouraged through any of our other university activities found at www.crscampus.org

What do Interns do Overseas?

Interns support CRS' work in the following program sectors:

  • Agriculture
  • Community health
  • Education
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Microfinance
  • Peace-building
  • Safety-net programming

Interns support CRS' work in these thematic areas:

  • Capacity building
  • Food security
  • Gender issues
  • Justice

Types of Assignments

Short-term assignments (Generally from 10 weeks up to 3 months) might include:

  • Conducting research with staff or partner of CRS.
  • Undertaking monitoring and evaluation for a specific partner or project.
  • Building capacity for CRS staff and partners in an intern's area of expertise.
  • Documenting programs, projects, and best practices for the Country Program.

Long-term assignments (Generally from 3 months to 6 months) might include:

  • Working directly with a partner and CRS staff to design and develop project proposals.
  • Developing specific training programs for CRS staff and its partners.
  • Assisting a country program with in-depth analysis on a specific issue.
  • Designing CRS presentations.

What do Interns do Upon Their Return to the USA?

Give presentations on campuses and within communities about their experiences in the field with CRS and its partners.

Where do Interns serve?

Interns work in any of the regions of the world in which CRS is present:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Caribbean
  • Eastern Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East


Overseas Placements in the CRS Intern Program are open to all current, qualifying undergraduate and graduate students of select universities in the United States. Each university is responsible for screening the intern candidates.

Financial Arrangements

In most instances, the sponsoring university or the intern will provide:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Transportation to and from the country of placement
  • Transportation to and from work
  • Medical expenses and insurance
CRS will provide:
  • A meaningful intern opportunity
  • Assistance in finding a host family or accommodation in-country
  • In-country work related transport
  • Supervision of the intern

For more information, contact CRS at intern@crs.org

  • To learn more about the Intern Program.
  • To obtain a list of participating schools.
  • To journey with interns at they recount their experiences with CRS.
Source: CRS website

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