Internships and Volunteering

Each year, Helen Keller International offers a limited number of opportunities for interns and volunteers with our offices in Africa and Asia, as well as our New York City Headquarters. 

Country Office Internships

Several of our country offices host unpaid* student interns each academic year.  These opportunities are primarily for Masters of Public Health students fulfilling practicum requirements for their degree.  A Helen Keller International mentor is assigned to each student for the duration of their internship. 

In order to ensure a mutually beneficial experience, we give priority to students who are able to travel for a minimum of six months.  We will consider hosting students for shorter periods when a suitable project and mentor are available.

To apply, please send a resume and a statement of interest that outlines your career aspirations and geographic preference to  Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

*Costs associated with Country Office Internships are the full responsibility of the participating student, including airfare, housing, daily living expenses, etc. Helen Keller International only fulfills costs associated with actual project work.

Headquarters Internships

There are no opportunities available at this time. 

Helen Keller International's New York City Headquarters recruits a limited number of part-time interns each fall and winter and full-time interns each summer.  These internships provide practical, hands-on experience working in finance, fundraising, communications, and office technology, as well as with special research and evaluation projects related to our work in Africa and Asia. Interns also receive access to periodic brown bag lunch presentations by program staff.  Our Headquarters interns are paid a modest hourly wage.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are pleased to host volunteers at our New York City Headquarters.  If you are interested in volunteering during normal business hours, please fill out this form and submit to