For those undergraduate and graduate college students who are mission-focused and looking for a meaningful and fulfilling internship experience, the Red Cross internship program may be for you. This is an internship program that allows students to enrich their future career opportunities, explore different fields and serve others in need. Interns at the Red Cross are involved in a number of projects crucial to day-to-day work in their non-profit organization. This gives them an insider’s look at the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross as well as delivering service at both the local and national levels.
The Red Cross offers internships all year round in Washington, D.C., at their National Headquarters and their regional locations across the country. Most notably, their summer internship programs offer a number of other learning opportunities like seminars led by senior American Red Cross leaders, career development workshops and activities, along with social outings and activities.
Applications for the internship cycles are accepted as new opportunities arise. Applications for fall internships are often opened in April; applications for Winter and Spring internships are often open in September, and Summer internships are open in November. Check their site regularly for new openings.
Before applying, it is important to know that their formal summer internship program runs for around 10 weeks. Start and end dates for other internships at Red Cross are flexible and will be based on a student’s school schedule and general availability. The positions that are available will vary depending on the needs of the Red Cross at the time, but the program will often give opportunities for nearly every line of business in the Red Cross. To apply, you have to be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program.
You can find both paid and unpaid internships with the Red Cross. Paid internships will often mean working 40 hours a week for 10 weeks during the summer program. There will be flexibility for the student’s schedule during this time, especially during the school year. Relocation, travel and housing fees will not be provided by the Red Cross.
All of the internships are available on their Careers Site and can be applied for directly from there. You can apply for any and as many positions as you want, but you do have to apply for specific openings as the Red Cross does not accept any general applications.