Intern With The International Council of the Tampa Bay Region! 


Travel the World Without Leaving Town!


Make Friends and Build a Global Network!


Apply Your Skills in a Global Environment!


Are you interested in foreign policy? Global change? Social entrepreneurship? World media? Leadership? Sustainable development? Global security? The International Council is looking for a select team of college interns to work with hundreds of current and “next generation” leaders from around the globe. You’ll be exposed to all this, and meet the most interesting people in the world, during your internship with The International Council! 


The International Council of the Tampa Bay Region, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization with a worldwide mission for educational, cultural, commercial and professional exchange with current and emerging global leaders. The International Councilisthe official US Department of State partner for hosting global leaders under the Department’s “International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)” –the “crown jewel” of United States public diplomacy– in the seven-county Tampa Bay area.


The International Council creates professional programs, cultural activities and social networks for these leaders with their Tampa Bay counterparts.Since its founding 12 years ago, The International Council has brought over 3,500 current and next generation leaders from more than 160 countries to the Tampa Bay region. In 2011, The International Council hosted 547 visitors from 93 countries in Tampa Bay’s seven counties.


Our visitors are a unique high-level network of global leaders: They are hand-selected by the American Embassy in their country, and personally invited to the United States by the US Ambassador to learn who America is, and to see how we Americans live, work, learn, and play. This network represents government, business, academia, the media, the arts, and NGOs. They come from developed nations, emerging democracies and transitional states. 


Internship candidates will

·        Have an outgoing personality. 

·        Be creative. 

·        Be open to honest dialogue and sensitive topics. 

·        Be comfortable in multi-cultural settings. 

·        Be curious about the world. 

·        Be a self-starter and meet deadlines. 

·        Be able to type! 

·        Be willing to learn. 

·        Be proficient in MS Office. 


Internships with The International Council have helped a number of students in the Tampa Bay community find their path forward in international business, finance and public policy – not to mention creating for them an incredible professional network around the world. Each of them will tell you that their career paths have been greatly influenced by their internships with The International Council.  

If you can commit 10 hours a week, conduct research on professional resources in the Tampa Bay area, help to organize events, agendas, databases and MIS reports, you might be a candidate for this internship. If you speak a foreign language, that would be a bonus!  


Write and tell us how you fit the profile of an International Council intern. Please address your inquiries to: Mr. Gary L. Springer, President, at  with a current resume. We’ll get right back to you! 

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