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 students with a passion for public interest work.

The Digital Programs department supports the organization’s digital transformation by evaluating and creating processes, creating digital strategy roadmaps, and translating our programmatic work into compelling digital formats – all in support of the organization’s mission to help make the world safer for children.

The Digital Strategy Intern will support the Vice President of Digital Programs by working on projects including but not limited to updating web content in WordPress, researching digital competitive landscapes, assisting with stakeholder interviews, digital project management, building content in our digital platforms, and/or evaluating new digital platforms.

What are the requirements to intern at ICMEC?

The Digital Strategy Intern must:

  • 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
  • Current students who have completed at least one year of internship/job experience in digital strategy, web maintenance, digital communications, digital marketing or similar.

*In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, internships will be completed remotely, 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, 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 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 / sample of work.

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 (though deadlines may be extended as needed):

  • August 16 for Fall semester;
  • December 31 for Spring semester [Extended to January 15, 2021]; 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.