Internship opportunities are available in the following areas:
- Programs – The Chicago Council offers members and the public insights on current international developments and global issues by providing a nonpartisan forum for world leaders, policymakers, and experts. Interns perform a variety of tasks in this fast-paced department and are mainly responsible for program support including materials preparation, event setup/breakdown, customer service, and other tasks as assigned. While in the office, interns manage an assortment of administrative duties, research and write for upcoming programs, and assist in marketing and outreach strategies.
- Studies – The Chicago Council contributes to national and international discussions on varying issues such as migration, energy, and climate change to name a few. Through studies, task force reports, and special initiatives, the Council offers fresh insights and authentic perspectives from Chicago and the Midwest to the formation of opinion and policy in the US and abroad. Below are current studies projects:
- Energy – The Chicago Council’s Energy Initiative evaluates regional and global trends shaping energy markets and the linkages to economic and environmental priorities. Interns provide general research and administrative support to the Energy Initiative team. Responsibilities may include fact-checking, researching prospective speakers, writing communications, developing materials, performing administrative duties, and assisting with planning and implementation of energy-related programs.
- Global Agriculture and Food – The Global Agriculture and Food Initiative aims to stimulate and inform the policy discussion around the US role in alleviating poverty through global agricultural development. Interns are typically tasked with assisting the research and organization of the project’s weekly news brief, Global Food for Thought, which follows media, research, and policy developments on issues surrounding agriculture. Interns also research potential topics, speakers, and organizations carrying out similar research.
- Immigration – Interns perform research and administrative tasks to support the Immigration Initiative’s ongoing activities and publications. Applicants should demonstrate strong research and organizational skills and an interest in immigration and/or Latin America. Spanish-language skills and a familiarity with current topics in immigration policy are helpful.
- Public Opinion – Conducted since 1974, the Council’s public opinion survey is a greatly respected and widely cited source of longitudinal data on American public opinion about a wide range of US foreign policy and international issues. Interns assist with the production and dissemination of the Chicago Council Survey report and associated topical briefs, in addition to providing general research support to the senior fellow on public opinion and foreign policy.
- Middle East and Iran – Interns will provide editorial and administrative support by proofreading, researching, and editing writing particular to the senior fellow, Iran policy’s current projects and ongoing studies. Interns will also assist with organizational tasks including reading and taking notes.
- Major Gifts/Fundraising – Major Gifts’ interns work closely with members of the major gifts team to help steward relationships with the Council’s major donors. Interns primarily maintain the donor database by conducting research and creating profile reports on prospective and current donors and documenting interactions between Council staff and the organization’s constituents. Other duties include preparing research briefs on upcoming Council programs and speakers, keeping other areas of the database updated, and completing daily administrative tasks.
- Corporate Relations – Corporate relations is responsible for engaging businesses in Chicago and the Midwest and fundraising through membership and sponsorship opportunities for corporations. Interns will have two primary tasks: first with researching and compiling briefs on companies’ operations, financials, and executives, and second with managing corporate membership information in the database. This includes data entry, editing contact information, adding new members, and pulling reports/formatting in both the database and Microsoft Excel. Interns will help identify opportunities and companies to connect with the Council’s work.
- Marketing and Communication – Marketing and communication interns work closely with the marketing team on external outreach activities focused on increasing the Council’s visibility, growing event attendance, and building general membership. Interns post content on the Council’s website and blogs, create email announcements and newsletters, and assist with traditional and social media initiatives, tracking the results from these efforts. Interns are in a unique position to learn about the Council overall, receive training on digital platforms, and also assist other departments as needed.
- President’s Office – Interns for the president’s office work with his executive assistant in executing administrative tasks pertaining to both the president and the Council’s Board of Directors. These tasks are both short and long term, including projects seeking, gathering, and vetting research for the president, and updating information in documents and the Council’s database. Interns help with organizational tasks such as sorting through existing research and Board materials, filing, scanning/copying, mailing, as well as reaching out to Council Board members on behalf of the executive assistant. Interns also assist other departments as needed.
The Chicago Council offers three internship terms:
|Term||Start Date||End Date||Dates Accepting Applications|
|Fall||September||December||May 1-June 30|
|Winter/Spring||January||May||September 1-October 31|
|Summer||June||August||February 1-March 15|
To qualify, students must have an academic major or personal interest in international affairs, possess excellent research, writing, and verbal communications skills, be detail-oriented with strong organizational abilities, and possess working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Interns are asked to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week. While internships are unpaid, the Council does offer limited local public travel reimbursement to and from the office. Interns also receive a complimentary, one-year membership with The Chicago Council.
To apply, please email a cover letter (specifying areas of interest, dates and hours of availability), résumé, and a two-page writing sample (e.g. paper and/or excerpt from school relevant to Council) as Word documents to email@example.com. EOE
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922, is an independent, non-partisan organization committed to educating the public—and influencing the public discourse—on global issues of the day. The Council provides a forum in Chicago for world leaders, policymakers, and other experts to speak to its members and the public on these issues. Long known for its public opinion surveys of American views on foreign policy, The Chicago Council also brings together stakeholders to examine issues and offer policy insight into areas such as global agriculture, the global economy, global energy, global cities, global security, and global immigration. Learn more at thechicagocouncil.org and follow @ChicagoCouncil for updates.