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.


ICMEC is a private, nonprofit organization, working to make the world safer for children by eradicating child abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation through advocacy, training and collaboration. We strive to:

  • ADVOCATE: propose changes to laws, treaties and systems based on rigorous research and the latest technology to better protect children worldwide.
  • TRAIN: provide 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.
  • COLLABORATE: build 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 students with excellent research and writing skills and a passion for public interest work.

The Koons Family Institute on International Law & Policy conducts and commissions original research into the status of child protection legislation around the world to help make children safer.

The Legal Research Intern will support The Koons Family Institute’s Director and Research Coordinator 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 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 Development & Communications Intern will support the Director of Marketing & Development and the Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator to implement the organization’s development, marketing, and communications strategy by assisting with a wide variety of work, including: social media, fundraising, event planning, marketing, communications, graphic design, and public relations

The Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Intern will support the Director of Marketing & Development and the Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator to implement the organization’s development, marketing, and communications strategy by assisting with a wide variety of work, and will:

  • help develop fundraising and communications strategies to acquire and retain donors and sponsors;
  • support donor stewardship activities through direct donor communications;
  • provide general support of product marketing programs, with special emphasis on marketing and promotion initiatives;
  • create written content for a variety of audiences;
  • assist with strategic planning of new marketing campaigns;
  • write marketing messages for education and fundraising;
  • create, edit, and organize content for digital and print properties;
  • assist with social media promotion; and
  • assist other departments with marketing-related activities as needed.


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).


Information Technology 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.


Development & Communications 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.


Marketing, Communications and Fundraising 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 or download the application form and submit it by mail, fax, or email. In addition, please upload or include a Statement of Purpose or cover letter, résumé, official or unofficial transcripts, and writing sample, and return them to us either online or by mail or fax to the following 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 1 for Fall semester;
  • December 1 for Spring semester; or
  • March 1 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.