Thank you for your interest in interning at the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC). Interns contribute substantially to the work of ICMEC, and ICMEC’s staff work closely with interns to make the experience as rewarding as possible.

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) is a private, nonprofit organization, established 20 years ago. We work to make the world safer for children by eradicating child abduction, sexual abuse, and exploitation so that no child stands alone. We advocate, innovate, train, and collaborate to protect the world’s children.

  • We ADVOCATE for children around the world by proposing changes to laws, treaties, and systems based on rigorous research and the latest technology.
  • We INNOVATE by partnering with leading technology companies to identify and develop new global solutions that protect children from abduction, sexual abuse, and exploitation.
  • We TRAIN partners on the front lines by providing tools to professionals who interface with children to improve prevention, facilitate treatment for victims, and increase the efficacy of the identification and prosecution of people who victimize children.
  • We COLLABORATE with key stakeholders by building international networks of professionals across disciplines to anticipate issues, identify gaps, and develop cross-cutting solutions.

As the workload of ICMEC continues to grow and resources are stretched, the contributions of interns are extremely important. ICMEC interns who share the same belief in our goals help to make the success stories happen. ICMEC offers full‐ and part‐time internships each academic semester. Successful applicants will be highly motivated, detail-oriented, independent students with a passion for public interest work. ICMEC is currently seeking applicants for four internship positions:

The Legal Research Intern will support the Director of The Koons Family Institute on International Law & Policy, the organization 's research arm, by writing, editing, and conducting substantive legal and public policy research for a variety of publications, reports, white papers, and other projects. Interns may focus on topics such as child sexual abuse material, missing children, sex offender registration, child sex trafficking, child sexual abuse and exploitation, sextortion, and revenge pornography. Interns also may utilize foreign language skills and regional areas of expertise.

The Information Technology/Cybersecurity Intern will support the Chief Technology Officer in managing this exciting technology environment by assisting with a variety of projects, including: managing the ICMEC IT Help Desk as the front-line support for all staff and interns (using both Windows and Mac computers); providing support for network printers and VoIP phone systems; performing general to advanced network troubleshooting; and supporting all cloud collaboration tools, from Google Apps to Microsoft Office 365. The Information Technology Intern also may undertake other IT projects and assignments, including web database application development, data management, troubleshooting other ICMEC web properties, providing weekly activity reports, and other projects as needed.

The Communications Intern will support the communications team to implement the organization’s marketing and communications strategy by helping to produce a series of Child Protection TV videos (i.e., filming, audio, editing) for various social media platforms; assist with development and design of digital content, publications, web communications, and web graphics; take headshots and other photographs as needed; provide general support of product marketing programs, with special emphasis on marketing and promotion initiatives; create, edit, and organize content for digital and print properties for a variety of audiences; assist with strategic planning of new marketing campaigns; and assist other departments with communications and marketing-related activities as needed.

The Social Media Intern will support the work of the communications team to implement the organization’s marketing and communications strategy by helping research, draft, and create graphic design (as needed) for scheduled media posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter; maintain post-approval process; maintain a pool of three weeks’ worth of posts in advance to include “ICMEC News,” “Tips” Series, “Tips” Challenges, Calendar events/Occasions; meet with CEO, COO, Program Directors, and other staff to understand social media marketing needs of each group; post Child Protection TV, Tips, ICMEC News, and General Outreach Posts according to daily/weekly schedule; schedule and manage media posts across all four platforms; other duties as assigned.

Please note: If you wish to be considered for more than one internship, you must submit separate applications for each internship position.

What are the requirements to intern at ICMEC?

Legal Research Interns:

  • Be available to work 12 to 15 weeks, at least 15 hours per week (20+ hours preferred) during the Fall or Spring semesters;
  • 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.

Information Technology/Cyber-Security Interns:

  • Be available to work 12 to 15 weeks, at least 15 hours per week (20+ hours preferred) during the Fall or Spring semesters;
  • 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 at least one (1) year of undergraduate studies.


Communications Interns & Social Media Interns:

  • Be available to work 12 to 15 weeks, at least 15 hours per week (20+ hours preferred) during the Fall or Spring semesters;
  • 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 at least two (2) years of undergraduate studies.


Is the internship paid?

All internships are unpaid, though ICMEC does provide a small stipend to help defray commuting costs. Internships also 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 www.icmec.org/careers. You can submit the application form online and please be sure to include a Statement of Purpose or cover letter, résumé, official or unofficial transcripts, and writing sample.


Point of Contact:

Internship Coordinator

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

2318 Mill Road, Suite 1010

Alexandria, VA 22314

Fax: +1.703.549.4504

Applications must be received by the application deadline:

  • August 16 for Fall semester;
  • December 31 for Spring semester; or
  • March 16 for Summer semester.

Your interest in ICMEC is very much appreciated, and we look forward to helping you have a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

What’s next?

You will hear from us as soon as your application has been reviewed, usually within three (3) weeks.

ICMEC is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, or other legally protected basis. All decisions regarding employment issues are based on a person’s overall qualifications and their ability to meet the position requirements.