Join the ICMEC team

Thank you for your interest in the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children. We value the hard work, commitment, and contributions of our staff members as well as our interns! If you support our goal of making the world safer for children, and have a passion for excellence, we want to hear from you! Available positions and internships are listed below. Once you have submitted an application, we will contact you if your skills and experience match our needs. Please do not contact by phone.


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We are no longer accepting internship applications for the Summer 2024 class. Please check back at a later date.

Legal Research Interns will support the Director of The Koons Family Institute on International Law & Policy, the organization’s research arm, by conducting substantive legal and public policy research and analysis, writing, and editing a variety of publications, white papers, organizational resources, and other projects. Interns may focus on topics such as missing children, child sexual abuse material, online grooming, child sex trafficking, child sexual abuse and exploitation, and other related topics. The research will primarily focus on national legislation and policy and consider regional and international legal instruments to understand national priorities and responses. Interns also may utilize foreign language skills and regional areas of expertise.

The Grants & Government Relations Intern [Arabic-Speaking] will support ICMEC’s Executive Director for Government Relations (EDGR) by undertaking research and identifying appropriate grantors and funding opportunities with an emphasis on the Middle East, drafting small grant applications, and other assigned projects in the field of government relations. The selected candidate will also assist the EDGR with expanding the Global Missing Children’s Network into the Middle East.  Furthermore, the intern will support the EDGR in developing institutional relationships with government entities and universities for the Agents of Change cost-free curriculum on combating child sexual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking, online and offline. *Application deadline for Grants & Government Relations Interns is now closed.

*Interns will continue to work primarily remotely with the possibility of limited in-person interaction in the ICMEC office in Alexandria, Virginia, if circumstances allow.

Internship FAQs

ICMEC offers full- and part-time internships each academic semester.

What are the specific requirements by internship position?

Legal Research Interns must:

  • Be available to work 12 to 15 weeks, at least 15 hours per week (20+ hours preferred) during the Fall or Spring semesters; or
  • Be available to work 8 to 12 weeks, at least 20 hours per week (30+ hours preferred) during the Summer term;
  • Undergo initial and periodic background checks; and
  • Have completed undergraduate studies (working toward a Master’s or Juris Doctorate degree strongly preferred). We will consider students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of undergraduate studies with relevant experience.

The Grants and Government Relations Intern [Arabic-Speaking] must: 

  • Be available to work until December 2024 at least 10 hours per week;
  • Undergo initial and periodic background checks;
  • Have impeccable writing, editing, and communication skills in Arabic and English;
  • Speaking/reading/writing French or another third language fluently is a plus; and
  • Have completed at least three years of undergraduate studies in Arabic, English, Pre-Law, Political Science, International Relations, International Business, Communications, Social Work, Medicine, or related field. Some graduate school preferred.

*Internships will be completed remotely for the foreseeable future, but with the possibility of limited in-person interaction in the ICMEC office in Alexandria, Virginia, if conditions allow.

Is the internship paid?
All internships are unpaid.

Is academic credit granted for the internship?
Internships may be granted academic credit (please refer to your school’s internship/externship requirements).

Does ICMEC provide housing?
ICMEC does not provide housing for interns nor do we provide a stipend to cover living expenses.

How do I apply?
An application form is available at You can submit the application form online. Please be sure to include a Statement of Purpose or cover letter, résumé, official or unofficial transcripts, and writing sample.

Point of Contact:

ICMEC Internship Coordinator
2318 Mill Road, Suite 1010
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: +1.703.549.4504

When do I apply?
Applications must be received by the application deadline (though the deadline may be extended as needed):

  • Fall semester – August 23
  • Spring Semester – December 31
  • Summer semester – March 16

What’s next?
We will do our best to respond to you quickly upon receiving and reviewing your application, usually within 2-3 weeks.

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