Volunteer Update

Due to COVID-19 we have limited volunteer positions! IF is looking for experts/professionals in these areas: multimedia/video editing & publishing and grant writing. We will update about other opportunities when our operations return to normal. 
 We are still offering internships for specific duties.

Our Volunteers ROCK!

Whether you are interested in event planning, designing programs for international delegations, connecting with the business community, or crafting stories and outreach tools, we have a spot for you. Positions and assignments are tailored to your intersts and the time commitment you can make.

Check out current and ongoing volunteer and intern opportunities below and let us know how YOU would like to make your mark!

Current Volunteer/Intern Positions

International Festival Committee: Merchandising and Souvenirs

Help create the souvenir store for the International Festival! Select t-shirt and magnet designs along with other items to sell to festival attendees. Work within a budget to create a unique and creative inventory that reflects International Focus’ work and mission. Organize set-up and display at the festival and supervise operations of the store.


Do you have strong writing and/or design skills? Do you enjoy crafting impactful messages? As an International Focus communications volunteer, you can put your mark on how we talk to the world. Activities range from creating newsletters, populating our community calendar, or helping put together webpages to writing press releases and other creative tasks that involve writing, design, and communication.

Social Media

As a member of the International Focus social media team, you help populate our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin feeds with creative, engaging copy. Responsibilities may include creating design, writing messages, developing a social media campaign, or designing a social media calendar.

Grant Team

As a member of the International Focus grant writing team, you help direct a team of interns to research and write for grants. Grant writers should have at least basic grant writing experience and knowledge of grant systems and expectations.

Multimedia Team

Help us tell a visual story of international understanding! Members of the International Focus multimedia team will take pictures and footage of our international delegations and events for social media and the IF blog and create video of the international communities of the Triangle among other exciting visual projects.

Development Team

Help International Focus fundraise and engage the community! Members of the development team help plan and implement creative ways to raise money, such as partnership programs, online campaigns, fundraising events, and more. Activities include assisting with research, event creation, campaign design, and various others.

Membership Team

Help us engage and reward existing members and attract new ones! International Focus’ membership team brainstorms member events, creates and implements membership discount and reward programs, and designs membership communication. Volunteers only.

Event Marketing Team

Members of the event marketing team help plan and implement promotion of International Focus events, such as the International Festival of Raleigh, the Home is Distant Shores Film Festival, the Global Talks speaker series, Coffee with Emerging Leaders, and others. Activities include advertising, coordinating social media campaigns, posting to calendars, creating marketing pieces, and partnership and guerilla marketing.

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Ongoing Volunteer/Intern Positions


College students gain excellent work and portfolio experience by assisting on projects aligned with your interests. Positions include data maintenance, research, communication, marketing, planning for international delegations, and helping produce the International Festival of Raleigh. Applicants should have interest in cross-cultural communication, political science, international affairs, communication, history, media, or event planning.  Students must be willing to work at least nine hours per week.


Assist our Program Directors with the coordination of incoming delegations and professional and youth exchanges.  This might include researching professional contacts, writing narratives, planning itineraries, or assisting the delegations while they are in town.

Administrative Support

Be in the heart of the organization and help with research, front office facilitation, data entry, and other ongoing administrative tasks.

Event Planning

From membership receptions and speaker series to cultural events and our flagship International Festival of Raleigh, there are many ways to be involved with International Focus events.  Program and venue planning, marketing, production, and facilitating at the event itself are just some examples of how you can help create outstanding experiences for our participants.

Communication and Design

Assist our Executive Director with PR, organizational communication, marketing, branding, and design. Tasks are varied and may be for specific events and features or organization-wide.


Want to work as part of a team to craft systems and find better ways of serving our various stakeholders? Open committees include Membership Recruitment and Retention, Donor and Sponsor Relations, Development and Fundraising, Events, and the Festival Committee.