Frequently asked questions regarding internships

Q: Who is eligible to apply? Do you accept international students?
A: Students currently enrolled in a university or college who have completed at least one year of study, recent graduates, or career changers looking for experience. There is no age limit. International students are welcome, provided they are already in the United States, or can obtain their own visas without any involvement from USCRI. Regrettably, we are unable to accommodate students whose schools use the quarter system.

Q: What is the application process?
A: Candidates send their applications via email only to to the attention of the Internship Coordinator. Specify the name of the internship and your name in the subject line of this email. Applications are reviewed and eligible candidates are contacted for an interview. Please do not call or email to ask the status of your application. We begin recruitment for each semester 3 months in advance of its projected start date. For best chances, do not apply for future semesters for which we are not currently recruiting.

Q: How many hours are required for an internship per week?
A: We hope to give our interns a developed understanding of the work that USCRI does, thus, our internships require a minimum of 20 hours per week. Interns may not be in the office more than 8 hours per day and may not work from home.

Q: How long is the internship?
A: Interns are required to work a minimum of 10 weeks. Internships typically follow the academic semester system. Interns may extend their internships a second semester with their supervisor’s approval.

Q: Are USCRI internships paid?
A: A stipend is provided bi-weekly. Part-time interns (20-30 hours per week) receive up to $160 per month. Full-time interns (31-40 hours per week) receive up to $240 per month. Local travel expenses to and from our office will also be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $20 daily.

Q: Can I receive credit for an internship at USCRI? Can I intern at USCRI as part of a fellowship?
A: It is USCRI policy not to sign agreements for interns. Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of USCRI executives. If you are seeking a for-credit internship or fellowship, please mention this in your cover letter and/or during the interview process. No internship agreements or certifications will be signed unless they are presented to and agreed upon by USCRI prior to the start of the internship.

Q: Does USCRI offer travel opportunities?
A: Occasionally opportunities arise for interns to travel with staff on day trips; however, all applicants should expect that their internship will be spent primarily in Arlington, VA.

Q: Does USCRI assist with housing for interns?
A: USCRI does not provide housing for interns nor recommend places for interns to live.

Q: Will I be notified if I am not selected?
A: We do not send out any notice if you have not been selected. Regrettably, we are only able to acknowledge that your application has been received. This message will only be received once per email address.

Q: Can I reapply if unsuccessful?
A: Yes. Internships at USCRI are very popular and unfortunately, we cannot accept all of the applicants. Those who are unsuccessful in the application process are encouraged to apply again at a later date.

Q: Will my internship at USCRI lead to a job with the organization?
A: In order to ensure fair hiring practices, USCRI interns and volunteers are not eligible to be hired for permanent positions until six months after they finish their service with USCRI. If you are seeking a job, please see this page.