Catholic Relief Services (CRS) - Internships

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Location (s):

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Congo: Democratic Republic
  • Congo: Republic
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo UN1244 (*not recognized by majority of countries)
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in 101 countries on five continents. Our mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person.


Why intern at CRS? 

An internship at CRS gives you an introduction to the world of international relief and development. It is an opportunity for you to gain professional experience, network and learn what it is like to work for a faith-based organization. A CRS internship provides learning and mentoring. You will receive regular guidance from your supervisor designed to help you get the most out of your internship experience.

CRS offers both paid summer internships and unpaid internships during the academic year. 
Unpaid internships can take place throughout the academic year if CRS is able to identify a position. These internships are non-competitive, typically arranged in the prior semester and start at the beginning of a semester.  Summer internships are competitive. All interns are expected to commit to at least 10 weeks—part-time (15 to 20 hours per week) or full-time (35 hours per week)—though internships may last longer 


Paid internships are posted with other CRS job openings on the careers page. These internships are competitive. We recommend that you apply as early as possible. 
For unpaid internships, we can only consider applications that come directly through CRS staff or CRS-affiliated universities. We are not accepting applications for unpaid internships from prospective interns at this time, as these placements are limited. 


CRS internships are available at our Baltimore headquarters, in our Washington, DC,, and in U.S. regional offices in California, Texas, Illinois, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Overseas internships may take place in CRS country program offices or CRS regional offices.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:


To apply for a CRS internship, you must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or have graduated within the past year.

We look for interns with strong organizational skills and the ability to collaborate in a team environment. Proactive individuals with strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, and the commitment and ability to produce high-quality, timely and accurate work efficiently are the most successful. Proficiency in MS Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is highly desirable. 


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

Housing and transportation

Unfortunately, CRS does not have the resources to provide or assist with housing or transportation for U.S.-based interns. Interns are expected to cover the following costs: relocation, transportation, housing and food. For overseas internships, applicants should expect to cover all these costs as well, though occasionally CRS may be able to help interns find housing.

Academic credit

CRS is happy to work with universities to satisfy academic credit requirements.

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