Program Planning and Development

Basic Responsibilities

  • Assist in the design, planning, and execution of the core program of The Youth Assembly.

  • Join the Program Coordinator in developing engaging and high-quality program sessions around content and topics inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Conduct research on sustainable development, humanitarian, and youth issues, as well as on the foremost organizations in these fields to determine possible program partners.

  • Help secure speakers and work with high-level experts from the public and private sectors, leading NGOs, and international institutions to form panels for in-depth discussions at the conference.

  • Liaise with top experts, academics, and social impact leaders, via email or conference calls, to ensure excellent preparation for the conference sessions.

  • Prepare detailed concept notes with content questions and discussion points, as well as logistical information, for speakers.

  • During the conference, act as a manager for particular conference sessions, leading a team of volunteers to handle the speakers, audience, and tech needs of sessions over the entire course of the conference.

  • Support any other administrative or organizational tasks as required for the successful execution of The Youth Assembly, including arranging schedules, timetables, passes, thank you notes, and other materials for speakers.

  • Conduct post-event evaluation, debriefs, and drafting of summary and resolution documents to ensure that The Youth Assembly generates impact beyond the conference itself.


  • 1-2 years relevant internship and/or work experience preferred

  • Strong interest and experience of research in international affairs, sustainable development, and youth leadership

  • Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals, leading international institutions, and the United Nations

  • Must be able to work thoroughly, with strong attention to detail, but also efficiently and under strict deadlines

  • Have a creative approach to developing ideas and solving problems

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and email and phone etiquette

  • Ability and experience in writing formal documents, or on complex contemporary issues a huge plus

  • Total comfort using G-suite services, including email, docs, and slides

  • Strong attention to detail, time-management, and organizational skills

  • Demonstrated improvisational skills, and the ability to handle situations under pressure, a bonus

  • Global perspective and strong cultural awareness

Hours and Location

  • Though the ability to commit to time at FAF office in Greenwich, Connecticut is preferred, this role allows for a certain amount of time working remotely. Those in the U.S. North-East Area are encouraged to apply, even if time in the office may be limited.

  • Whether in the office or remotely, interns are expected to commit 20 hours per week. Those who are only available for a shorter amount of time are welcome to apply, but will only be considered if it is a particularly strong application.

  • Interns are currently sought for the 23rd Session of The Youth Assembly, taking place February 15-17, 2019. All interns must be available in New York City for the entirety of the days of the conference. Accommodation can be provided for these days. There may be a possibility of extending the internship beyond February.

  • To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to with your preferred internship position in the subject line.