About Youth for Understanding International Exchange

Youth For Understanding (YFU) is one of the world's oldest and largest international exchange programs. YFU began in 1951 when Minister John Eberly suggested to church leaders that a program be established for German teens to live with U.S. families and attend American high schools. His theory was that this would help the war-scarred country heal and foster new international relations. Since 1951, YFU offices around the world have exchanged more than 240,000 high school students in 64 countries.

Intern responsibilities include entering data, managing files, preparing mass mailings, making presentations with staff at schools and events, communicating with students and parents, undertaking special projects and representing YFU at all times.


Open to all current college and grad students, as well as recent college grads.

Youth for Understanding International Exchange

  • Youth for Understanding USA
  • Youth for Understanding International Exchange
  • American Overseas Office
  • 6400 Goldsboro Road, Suite 100
  • Bethesda, MD 20817
  • Phone: (240) 235-2100


  • Number of Interns: Varies
  • Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
  • Duration: N/A
  • Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


  • Boston, MA
  • Washington, DC