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American Foreign Policy Council
509 C Street NE
Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 3 Part-time, Unpaid

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For nearly three decades, the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) has played an essential role in the U.S. foreign policy debate. Founded in 1982, AFPC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States and to assisting world leaders with building democracies and market economies. AFPC is widely recognized as a source of timely, insightful analysis on issues of foreign policy, and works closely with members of Congress, the Executive Branch and the policymaking community. It is staffed by noted specialists in foreign and defense policy, and serves as a valuable resource to officials in the highest levels of government.

Unpaid internship positions are available year round. Hours are flexible with interns expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Candidates should have a strong interest in foreign policy and national security.


Responsibilities vary depending on program schedule, but may include:

general administrative support
special events planning
editorial assistance with publications
logistical support of foreign delegations in Washington
foreign policy research and writing

While general office work, such as answering phones and printing materials, is a part of the day to day duties for an intern, AFPC offers a uniquely hands on and substantive internship experience that is hard to find at similar institutions. Interns get a chance to work closely with foreign policy professionals thanks to the relatively small size of our organization and selectivity of the intern program. Because we deal with a wide variety of topics, interns are also afforded a high degree of flexibility in choosing what projects they work on and the subjects that those encompass. Projects usually entail large amounts of research work, writing, and some presentation crafting. Interns also help to prepare for and staff events ranging from round table discussions to visits from foreign delegations. Finally, since we at AFPC take great interest in seeing that our interns are poised for future success, professionals from a wide range of backgrounds are periodically brought in to talk to interns about the different career paths in foreign policy and the ways to best pursue them. In addition to providing interns with a substantive research experience, AFPC encourages and provides opportunities for interns to author or co-author opinion editorials. Recently interns have been published in the Washington Times, Wall Street Journal Europe, and on


Successful candidates have strong analytic and writing skills. Experience with events planning and knowledge of Russian, Mandarin, Arabic or Farsi is helpful. Because we put so much effort into making our internship program one that benefits the interns as much as the organization, preference is given to applicants who will remain connected with AFPC after their time here has ended. Therefore, U.S. citizens or individuals with a demonstrated future interest in continuing to work on foreign policy matters in D.C. have a much higher chance of being accepted to the program.

Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester -- July 1
Spring Semester -- November 1
Summer Semester -- March 15

Interested candidates are requested to submit (by mail, fax or e-mail) the following:

cover letter (please include hours and availability)
foreign policy related writing sample (ten pages or less)

American Foreign Policy Council
509 C Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Fax: 202-543-1007

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