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Intern With Us


The Welcoming Center’s internship program provides highly motivated and talented individuals with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience before and after graduation. Typically, our interns are undergraduate and graduate students.

We welcome applicants of all backgrounds and identities, including those of any age, race, religion, gender, ability, or sexual orientation.

Current Openings

Global Access

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 and headquartered in Center City Philadelphia. The Welcoming Center seeks to open doors of economic opportunity for work-authorized immigrants, and by doing so, enhance the economic development of the city of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our mission is to serve as a centralized employment, small business development, education, and training center for the region’s growing immigrant community. We aim to promote immigrant participation in the area’s political, social, and economic life.

In January 2014, we expanded our small business development program to include business attraction and retention services. In January 2014, in partnership with the French‐American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia, we formally launched a soft‐landing program called Global Access.

The Global Access initiative includes services to three distinct groups of entrepreneurs:

(1) immigrant entrepreneurs (2) foreign graduate students eager to stay in the region and launch their own businesses and (3) small to medium‐sized foreign companies looking to explore the U.S. market. It now also includes services to U.S. startups wishing to connect with the international communtities and global startups.

As part of the program, we share space in our headquarters with foreign companies and entrepreneurs seeking a low‐cost, low‐risk way to establish a physical presence in the U.S. before making a larger investment. Since 2014 we have served 28 companies.

Subject:

Since Global Access’s inception in January 2014, the Welcoming Center has welcomed over a dozen foreign companies into its space and helped them navigate immigration and other logistical barriers to facilitate a smooth and successful landing in the U.S. market.

Our model has proven effective for those housed in our offices. Now we are interested in sharing our model with incubators, accelerators and other trade organizations across the region to foster entrepreneurship and job creation on a wider scale.

Our current needs are to fine‐tune our approach through further research, package the program for potential partners and founders, and attract and retain more foreign ventures and entrepreneurs but also U.S. startups in partnership with incubators, accelerators, universities, bi-national chambers of commerce, local and international trade organizations, and government entities.

Tasks:

Research

  • Study other states’ and countries’ programs to complete an international benchmark;
  • Lead interviews to evaluate the needs for our program in incubators, accelerators, universities, bi-national chambers of commerce, local and international trade organizations, and government entities;
  • Gather data on industries/foreign entrepreneurs looking to expand into the U.S.

Product Development

  • Support the development of our services and market mix;
  • Evaluate our foreign entrepreneurs to understand the needs, challenges, and barriers of immigrants to enter the U.S. market;
  • Create case studies about the companies we support in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey.

Marketing

  • Develop promotional materials to target potential partners, including funders, incubators, universities, trade organizations, and government entities;
  • Conduct and edit video interviews with entrepreneurs;
  • Update marketing and promotional materials: web design using Word Press, Power Point presentations, flyers, and a monthly newsletter;
  • Improve the marketing tools of the Welcoming Center;
  • Develop, in conjunction with the bi‐national chambers, marketing tools in different languages to promote our services to an international audience.

Business Development

  • Under supervision, prospect and follow up with leads and partner organizations;
  • Assist foreign companies to do business in the Greater Philadelphia Region (market research, entry strategy, action plan, etc.);
  • Assist U.S. startups to connect with global startups (entry strategy, soft skills formation, etc.);
  • Create databases of partners, distributors, and clients for foreign ventures;
  • Deliver logistical support for in‐bound trade missions of foreign companies and partners.

General Administration

  • Maintain and update leads and partner databases in Excel;
  • Post-employment opportunities/job-seeker qualifications online and conduct follow‐up;
  • Assist with mailings, office supplies, photocopying, errands, and other projects as needed;
  • Organize and take notes during meetings;
  • Draft email announcements for event registrations and monitor payments;

Qualifications:

  • Interest in or experience working in international business, entrepreneurship, marketing, and branding;
  • Strong research, writing, and project management skills;
  • The ability to aggregate data and communicate it in an impactful and high‐level manner;
  • Business‐focused, conscientious individual interested in assisting management in an international environment;
  • Professional telephone manner, detail‐oriented, and team player;
  • Computer skills desired: MS Office, Photoshop, Word Press, Constant Contact;
  • Second language is a plus;
  • Graphic design and marketing skills are a plus.

Duration and Terms:

  • Full-time (40h/week) or part-time (20h/week);
  • Mission of 6 months’ minimum;
  • Stipend available for 12-month mission only;
  • The Welcoming Center can host foreign full-time J‐1 trainees and interns;
  • The visa application is at the expense of the intern;
  • 4 intern positions available, must have own laptop.

Apply:

Please send your resume and availability (starting and ending dates) to globalaccess@welcomingcenter.org

Address: 1617 JFK Blvd, Suite 555, Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA

Global Startup Accelerator

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 and headquartered in Center City Philadelphia.

The Welcoming Center seeks to open doors of economic opportunity for work-authorized immigrants, and by doing so, enhance the economic development of the city of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Welcoming Center has helped more than 13,000 people coming from 140 countries to settle in Pennsylvania.

In June 2018, the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, in partnership with the University City Science Center, received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help life sciences and MedTech startups in the Greater Philadelphia region to effectively scale into global markets by leveraging local international resources, such as immigrants, international graduate students and business visitors.

This project, called the Global Startup Accelerator (GSA) will start with two specific regions: the European marketplace, in 2019 following by the Indian marketplace in 2020

Subject:

The Global Startup Accelerator will first help 25 MedTech and life sciences startups in their business strategy, development and cultural training.

Our goal is to provide them value-add strategic partnerships and to better anticipate challenges and potential barriers to success Europe. The startups enrolled in the program will gain insights into business growth opportunities in the European market and gain access to potential funding sources. They will make direct connections to experienced mentors, partners and potential clients. The selected startups will meet European partners and pitch at the BIO International Convention in Philadelphia on June 3-6, 2019.

Tasks:

Database Management & Web development

  • Participate in the implementation and the testing of a Community Management platform in coordination with the developers and the stakeholders
  • Get to know the F6S and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) platforms, follow up the applicants on F6S and help to promote their projects using EEN
  • Support the data entry and coordination between different platforms: SalesForce, F6S, EEN, Excel, and the new Community Manager during the application process and during the program
  • Support the development of the training program

Skills:

  • The trainee must be versatile and have a strong knowledge in Microsoft Excel
  • Strong research and writing skills are required for the success of this internship
  • CRM software knowledge is highly appreciated
  • Knowledge of F6S is appreciated but not required
  • Interest or previous experience (s) in database management, entrepreneurship, marketing or branding;
  • The intern needs to be fluent in English
  • More: Skills in design, graphics, video editing and marketing (Photoshop / Illustrator) are a plus

Duration:

  • Full time (40h/week)
  • Mission of 6 months minimum
  • Stipend of $850/month

Apply:

Please send your resume and availability (starting and ending dates) to globalaccess@welcomingcenter.org

Address: 1617 JFK Blvd, Suite 555 Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA

Public Relations

This individual will work on creating video content for the organization for marketing and fundraising. This position reports to the Director of Communications.

This is a great opportunity for anyone hoping to get their foot in the door in creating corporate videos, as well as helping create a portfolio.

This internship is best suited for film, photography, and visual journalism students with an electronic media background who are looking for hands-on experience with a fast-paced team.

Key duties:

You will work with program teams on storytelling via videos that can be used for presentations, shared at events, shared on social media, etc. You will be responsible for recording, editing, and producing videos. You may also be assigned other duties as required by the communications department.

Skill and Education Requirements:

  • A self-starter who has the initiative to recommend improvements and is eager to take on challenges
  • Able to work both independently and in teams – you will need to collaborate with marketing video producers, writers, program managers, and other stakeholders
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud and various HD cameras is required
  • Experience with photography preferred
  • Proficiency in a second language is a plus but not required

The internship will be based out of our 1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard office with possible visits to commercial corridors, individual businesses, and other locations for onsite photo/video shoots.

Interns must commit at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks and maintain a regular schedule.

Apply:

Please send a resume and brief cover letter describing how your experience and interests match this position to Lina Duffy, Director of Communications at: lina@welcomingcenter.org

 

If you are looking for roles other than those listed above, email info@welcomingcenter.org with your cover letter and resume and let us know how you would like to intern with us.