Summer Internships in Foreign Policy and External Relations

Atlantic Council
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 13

Position description

The Atlantic Council seeks over 40 talented and enthusiastic Interns for Summer 2017.

The successful candidates will have a passion for the work, an entrepreneurial ethos and a collegial spirit while also being effective communicators and enjoying the fast pace of learning and growing in an organization. Demonstrated interest in international affairs through class work and/or experience is strongly preferred.

The Council takes pride in cultivating the future leaders of the transatlantic community. Our Internship program provides a pool of energetic young talent to the Council and in turn offers promising students with practical experience in their field of study, honing skills that will prepare them for the next step in their chosen career.

Interns provide important research and logistical support to their respective Centers. All interns are encouraged to participate in and attend events hosted by other programs at the Atlantic Council. Interns are also encouraged to pursue their own research projects and to write and publish their own policy briefs or blog posts.

The positions are unpaid, but candidates gain valuable skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts in the Washington, DC international policy community. A monthly metro reimbursement is offered, as well as Interview and Resume Workshops, Networking Sessions, and briefings with our Military and State Department Fellows.


  • Conduct research to support the activities of respective Center;
  • Handle logistical elements for program events;
  • Manage program contacts database;
  • Participate in daily Center or Program meetings and weekly Atlantic Council meetings;
  • Draft formal correspondence to government officials and invitations for events;
  • Take notes at Council roundtables and strategy sessions for program archives.


  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Must be at least a college junior in good standing, a recent graduate, or a graduate student;
  • Must have excellent research, writing and interpersonal skills;
  • Must demonstrate proven interest in global trends, foreign policy and international relations;
  • Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior officials;
  • Must be detail oriented and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States;
  • International experience and foreign language skills highly desired.

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