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Intern with Preemptive Love

Join Preemptive Love this summer for a two-month immersive internship in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. As an essential part of the team, interns will experience our work of transformational love in a culture very different from their own. If selected, interns will be required to raise a portion of funds to cover travel and living expenses. All applications must be received by March 31, 2021.

Available Positions

English Teaching

Host an immersive summer camp, teaching refugee children and young adults the English Language.


Organize Preemptive Love’s digital house by renaming and filing images, sorting through our video collection, transcribing audio, and assisting our communications team.

Office Administration

Run the daily tasks of the office and interns, and assist our VP of International Programs with various administrative tasks and projects.

Sisterhood Collection

Assist our Sisterhood Collection team in the development of our online and local shops of refugee-made goods.


Work in our community garden by practicing small-scale agriculture, maintaining tools and farm supplies, and assisting the permaculture team as needed.

Learning to love alongside their amazing team and challenged and stretched me in the best way! If you want to leverage your work for good, I can't think of a better place to start than being a Preemptive Love Intern

Sophie S.

Working with Preemptive Love gave me an idea of the real-life experiences of people whose lives have been so different from my own, and put faces and names and memories and beautiful stories to the statistics and news headlines we hear about.

Bethany R.


Program Overview

When: June 4 – July 31, 2021
Where: Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
Application Deadline: March 31, 2021


College students (incoming sophomores to recent graduates), qualified to work in one of the following areas:


Preemptive Love’s Summer Internship aims to provide an opportunity for college students and recent graduates to learn and make tangible contributions to ending war. Through this immersive experience, interns will learn about cross-cultural living, humanitarian service, peacemaking, and our work as a non-governmental organization. Valued as essential partners to Preemptive Love, interns will be given tasks that genuinely add to our work. Interns will be challenged to grow and develop professionally, press into pain, and show transformational love in a culture different than their own. Interns will contribute to their own experience to make it enlightening and valuable, while not shying away from the confusing, frustrating, and sometimes overwhelming challenges they will face. In short, our goal for our summer interns is to experience life in Iraq in its fullest as we show up daily and love anyway.

Job Descriptions

English Teaching

Two interns will host an immersive summer English camp for Yazidi children displaced to Sulaymaniyah, and an additional two interns will teach English to young adults living in refugee camps. Both positions will require extensive and knowledgeable lesson planning and preparation to create an engaging, fun, and successful learning environment. While demanding of time and energy, an upbeat and positive attitude is crucial.


One intern will come alongside the communications team to create dignifying content consistent with Preemptive Love’s style and voice, illustrating our work and introducing the wider world to Iraqis and Syrians through videography, photography, and storytelling. This intern will help us get Preemptive Love's digital house organized by renaming and filing images, tagging images in Box, sorting the video collection, transcribing audio, and assisting the team as needed. An individual who is fluent in both English and Arabic is preferred, but not required.

Office Administration

This intern will help to run the daily tasks of the office and interns, as well as assist our VP of International Programs with various administrative tasks and projects. The Office Assistant will manage, distribute, and collect weekly intern finances and assist the Intern Coordinator as needed.

Sisterhood Collection

One intern will assist the Sisterhood Collection team in the development of our online and local shops of refugee-made goods. Create beautiful graphics, help manage our social media accounts, and promote our products in the local market. Responsibilities may include working in our Maker Space, organizing shipments of products to the US, and designing materials for local events and sales. *Portfolio required to apply.


One intern will work in our community garden located in a Syrian refugee camp. At the core of our mission to grow fresh, affordable produce in the community, this position will work on our permaculture team on farms around the Sisterhood Maker Space. Responsibilities for this position include practicing small-scale agriculture (planting, weeding, harvesting, distribution of produce), maintaining tools and farm supplies, managing animal care, and assisting the permaculture team as needed. We are looking for a multifaceted individual with the right combination of knowledge, experience, initiative, and the willingness to learn and work hard.



Cost: $3,860

* Scholarships are available
* Expected to bring own personal money for outings, excursions, gifts, etc.
* Support will be available to interns for help with ideas and planning while fundraising

A completed application and two reference forms are required to apply. Please submit a professional resume and portfolio (if applicable) by email to Alissa Cunningham.


For submissions, questions, and concerns please contact:

Alissa Cunningham
Internship Coordinator
US Cell: +1 (678) 920-9437
Email: alissa.cunningham@preemptivelove.org