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The purpose of this program is to build tangible skills in the field of tobacco control and organization operations and to foster interest and experience for IYTC. Interns can achieve these goals through board member shadowing or self-directed projects. Either pathway is formulated to generate successful leaders and we hope by the end of the program, you will join our mission to advocate for international awareness and legislative reform regarding teenage tobacco use.



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Applying to the Program

Applications are due by May 1st, 2023. For your application to be complete, please fill out the general member application found at


  • During the summer of 2023, internship dates will be June 5th - July 31st.

  • The time period for each internship is eight weeks. Interns are required to check in with their assigned mentor every two weeks. 

  • Interns may observe monthly National Board of Directors meetings if desired. 

  • Interns may choose the shadowing pathway or the self-directed project.

  • Interns will fill out an evaluation survey at the end of the eight weeks.


In this pathway, you will work with an officer of IYTC in addition to your assigned mentor.

  • Interns are assigned to an officer of IYTC who conducts a specialized operation. Interns will express their interest on their application of the following:

    • Regional President

    • Financial Officer

    • Secretary

    • Newsletter/Design Officer.  

  • The officer will show the intern how a task is completed step by step by connecting with the intern online when completing the task. 

  • The officer may also assign tasks to the intern after the intern is familiar with the work process. 

  • Meeting times will vary depending on the specialization of the officer since different roles have different work schedules.

Self-directed Project

  • A self-directed project will be conducted independently with the guidance of your mentor. Detailed procedures will vary, and check-in with mentors will be more frequent. 

  • Possible projects include:

  • Direct a Local Tobacco Education Event 

  • Conduct an IYTC Fundraiser

  • Administer a Survey Related to the Work IYTC Does

  • Perform Legislative Actions/Demonstrate Civic Engagement With Regards to Tobacco Prevention, Awareness, or Education

  • Create Posters for Tobacco Control and Prevention

  • Contact Friends and Family to Sign a Pledge to Reject Tobacco

  • Lead a Personal or Inter-group Effort to Revamp the IYTC Website in the areas of Research or Design

  • Contact and Host a Panel Related to the Work IYTC Does


  • All interns will be assigned a mentor who will guide them through the internship period

  • All mentors have at least 2+ years of experience in IYTC and are currently on the Board of Directors. 

  • Every two weeks, there is a required meeting between mentors and the interns. During this meeting, interns update their progress on either the self-directed project or shadowing experience. 

  • Interns may communicate with their mentors via email at any time and/or set up video calls based on the mentor’s convenience. Please give your mentors 24-48 hours to respond.

  • If interns are interested in observing monthly board of director meetings, they may reach out to their mentors for the time and meeting link. 

  • Mentors will explain possible next steps to interns. If interns wish to become members of IYTC, they will need to submit a membership form along with the fee. If interns further wish to become officers of IYTC, they will submit an officer application.

About IYTC

  • International Youth Tobacco Control is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in California, US.

  • Composed of 200 members in the US, Canada, China, Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, and Saudi Arabia.

  • Has spread awareness to 120,000 youths internationally and legislatively impacted 4 million adolescents.

  • Completely student-led and believes in the power of young voices.

  • For more information, visit



When is the application open for admission?

The application will open on February 1st, 2023.


When is the application due?

The application is due May 1st, 2023.


I applied to this program last year but was not accepted, may I apply again?

Yes! As long as you meet the requirements, you may apply again.


What dates does the program run?

The program is eight weeks from June 5th, 2022 through July 31st 2023. 


Are there any in-person events?

No, the internship will be completely virtual.


I will be on vacation or have some other commitment during some of the program dates and times; can I still participate?

Yes! As this internship is centered around your relationship with our mentors and our shadowee officers (if applicable), you may communicate with them your schedule and will work with them to optimize your time in the internship.


Who can apply to the program?

Any IYTC general member may apply to the program.


If I am not a general member, may I still apply?

Yes! However, you must submit your application to be a general member, along with your internship application, to be considered for the program. General member applications may be found at


I just found out about this program and the application submission deadlines has already passed. Can I still apply?

No, once the application closes, we will no longer accept any new applications.


How should I format and submit my answers?

Applications should be submitted in a pdf format and emailed to


How do I know if you have received my application?

Once you have submitted your application, within 1-2 business days, you should receive an email confirming your application submission. 


How do you communicate with applicants once they have been admitted?

Applicants will receive an email on admission status by May 15th from the aforementioned internship email. Then, as the internship starts, our staff will personally reach out and arrange meeting times, etc.

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