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International Relations & Research Internships

Unpaid Internship10 - 20 hrs/wk

2 months ago


The Chicago Council on Global Affairs offers undergraduate juniors and seniors, and graduate students the opportunity to learn about our organization and participate in a variety of duties associated with ongoing projects through its internship program. While internship responsibilities vary by team, tasks may include:

  • Research
  • Editing and proofreading briefs and reports
  • Developing and preparing materials for report dissemination
  • Assembling trend results 
  • Analyzing survey data
  • Drafting blog posts for publication 
  • Administrative duties

Each internship is designated as either in-person or virtual. If you are chosen for an in-person internship, you must be able to get to our office in downtown Chicago. We require Chicago-based interns coming into our office space to be fully vaccinated, including an up-to-date COVID-19 booster dose when eligible based on current CDC guidelines. You are considered "fully vaccinated" two weeks after completing the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after receiving a single dose of a one-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen). If you have reached your eligibility date, and have had your booster, you are up to date without any further efficacy waiting period.

All internship opportunities are unpaid.

Internship Opportunities  (Please visit our website to learn more about the specific qualifications)

Global Cities:

Pritzker Forum: Communications



Global Food and Agriculture Team:


Lester Crown Center:

Global Security

Public Opinion

Public Opinion – East Asia        

Internship Application Timeline

Applications will be open until November 1st, 2023.

Required graduation year

2024 - 2025

Number of positions available



Students must be currently enrolled undergraduate juniors, seniors, or graduate students, have an academic major or demonstrated interest in international affairs, possess excellent research, writing, interpersonal, and verbal communications skills, and possess working knowledge of Microsoft Office. International students are welcome to apply, however, all selected international applicants will need to obtain valid work authorization on his/her own behalf.

About The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Founded in 1922, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing knowledge and engagement in global affairs. Our in-depth analysis and expert-led research influence policy conversations and inform the insights we share with our growing community. Through accessible content and open dialogue of diverse, fact-based perspectives, we empower more people to help shape our global future. As a nonpartisan organization, the Council takes no institutional policy positions.
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Skills you'll need for this internship

    international relations
    data analysis
    survey research
    political science
    international studies
    urban planning
    program management


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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is actively interviewing now. Due to the volume of applications, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has indicated that they will not follow up unless you are selected for an interview.

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People who completed this type of internship end up in the following types of jobs

Top majors

That get hired for this type of internship

  • Economics6%

  • Biology4%

  • Psychology4%

  • Political Science And Government4%

  • Management Science3%

  • 385 other majors76%

People who did this kind of internship end up at the following companies

  • Deloitte
  • US Congress
  • US Department Of State
  • Microsoft
  • PwC


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