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About Houston International Protocol Alliance

The Houston International Protocol Alliance serves as the mayor’s office of protocol. It is the international relations arm of the City of Houston, and mediates between city officials and the 90-member consular corps. The protocol office is a department of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, acting as a resource for the City of Houston for information on protocol, etiquette and cross-cultural issues. The alliance, which administers 17 sister city relationships, aims to promote Houston’s overseas reputation and strengthen its international ties.

The Houston International Protocol Alliance internship program provides the opportunity to observe international diplomacy and city administration in action. All interns are given a long-term project to work on independently during the program, often involving research, surveys, event planning or writing about countries dealing with the alliance.


Open to rising college juniors and seniors and grad students interested in international affairs and/or foreign languages. Students must have full-time status. Knowledge of a foreign language and some experience living abroad are preferred, as are strong writing and computer skills.

Houston International Protocol Alliance

Tamara Hardikar, Internship Coordinator
Houston International Protocol Alliance
Houston International Protocol Alliance
901 Bagby, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 227-3395


Number of Interns: Less than 10
Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students


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