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About Ashoka

Ashoka—a global citizen organization—works to develop “social entrepreneurs,” individuals committed to solving problems within society.  There have been more than 2,000 Ashoka fellows since the organization was established in 1981, working on specific issues in societies around the world.  Their collective influence is helping Ashoka to realize its vision of an “everyone a changemaker” world. The organization is named after Ashoka, the Indian emperor in the third century B.C., who renounced violence by uniting the Indian subcontinent and dedicating his life to establishing social welfare programs and supporting the tolerance of all religions.

Interns are dedicated to “advancing and supporting an influential civil society sector worldwide.”  They work with a growing global network and concentrate their efforts on bridging the gap between the private and social sectors and academia.  Interns are encouraged to design their own day-to-day responsibilities, though internships vary each year according to the needs of the organization.  Depending on interests and qualifications, interns usually work in Global Venture, Global Fellowship, marketing, development or with Ashoka’s university program or full economic citizenship effort.


Some Ashoka programs are open to undergrads, while other positions are reserved for graduate students only.  Candidates are evaluated regarding the criteria that represent Ashoka’s culture, as well as the specific qualifications for each internship.


Ashoka Internship Program
1700 North Moore Street
Suite 2000 (20th Floor)
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (703) 527-8300


Number of Interns: 21 to 50
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students


Richmond, VA