Professional Exchanges Internship

Global Minnesota serves as the local coordinator for the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, which brings about 400 visitors to Minnesota each year. These visitors are hand-picked by U.S. embassies around the world for their potential as future leaders in a wide variety of fields, and they’re invited to spend 2-3 weeks in the U.S. meeting, learning from, and building relationships with their professional peers. Global Minnesota’s role is to identify and arrange meetings with the most important local resources in their field of interest.

The Professional Exchanges Intern assists at every stage of this process, from the initial proposal to the final itinerary.

Common Tasks

  • Research Minnesota resources on U.S. foreign policy topics and develop proposals to assist in program development
  • Compile and edit program documents, including program itineraries
  • Prepare and assemble program materials
  • Coordinate on-site meeting logistics
  • Accompany international visitors to meetings with local professional resources
  • Handle follow-up communication with local resources, meeting confirmations, and thank you notes
  • Compile and record exchange program information for Global Minnesota’s database


  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work with confidential information
  • Strong written, verbal, and telephone communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as individually
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize
  • Ability to provide and accept feedback
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Punctuality and precision
  • Knowledge of Minnesota’s nonprofit sector, civil society, and government
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge database software preferred


  • Hands-on experience working for a nonprofit organization in an office environment
  • Gain both clerical and program-specific skills
  • Free admittance to public programs
  • Complimentary Global Minnesota membership
  • Networking opportunities

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