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Internship Opportunities

A Real-World Experience With Real-World Impact

If you’re a mission-focused undergraduate or graduate college student seeking a meaningful internship experience, then we invite you to apply to our program—a rare opportunity to explore and enrich your future career prospects while serving others.

Red Cross interns are involved in projects critical to the day-to-day work of our non-profit organization, gaining an insider’s perspective on the Red Cross humanitarian mission as well as service delivery at the local and national levels.

We offer internships year round (Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring) at our National Headquarters in Washington D.C. and at regional chapters across the country.

Applications for each internship cycle are accepted on a rolling basis, as opportunities become available. The dates below are a general guide only. We encourage you to check our site periodically for new openings.
  • Fall Internships – Applications open in April
  • Winter/Spring Internships – Applications open in September
  • Summer Internships – Applications open in November
  • Our formal summer internship program typically runs for a specified 10-week duration (alternative start and end dates may be accommodated at the discretion of the business unit). Start and end dates for other internship cycles are flexible, based on student availability and school schedule.

    Available positions vary according to our needs, but the program typically offers opportunities in almost every Red Cross line of business.

    You must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the time of internship to be eligible.

    The Red Cross offers both paid and unpaid internships.

    Paid positions typically require 40 hours per week for the duration of the 10-week summer program (some flexibility may be allowed at the discretion of the business unit, if arranged prior to the start of internship). Hours during the school year are flexible in consideration of classroom commitments.

    Housing and relocation are not provided by the Red Cross.

    All internships are posted on our Careers Site, where you may apply directly.

    You may apply for as many positions as you wish; however, you must apply for specific positions—we do not accept general applications.

    Be sure to follow any additional instructions provided in each job posting that interests you.

    Selection Phases

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    Preliminary Selection

    The hiring team reviews all applications and contacts selected candidates for a telephone interview with the departmental sponsor. (Please note, due to the high volume of applications, we may not be able to contact all applicants.)

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    Final Selection

    Departmental sponsors interview candidates and make final selections; offers are extended to finalists by the hiring team.

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    Hiring Process

    If selected for an internship, you will be required to complete employment forms provided by the Red Cross human resources department.

    In addition to our core internship program, the Red Cross sponsors the following collegiate opportunity:
    Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership

    The Red Cross, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and State Farm Insurance partner together to sponsor the Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program—an opportunity for student athletes to gain leadership experience organizing blood drives in their communities. This program is an application-only process requiring the applicant to be a current student-athlete of an NAIA member-institution.

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