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Leadership Development Program Internship

Unpaid Internship10 - 20 hrs/wk

3 days ago


Each year, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs selects a highly competitive cohort of Chicago’s up-and-coming professionals to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program. This program is a global affairs training and leadership development program that provides an expansive platform for selected leaders to deepen their fluency in and exposure to global affairs and policy.

The intern performs a variety of tasks including

  • Researching and identifying potential preparatory materials for Emerging Leader meeting sessions
  • Updating an Emerging Leader community database, including editing job changes and areas of expertise
  • Conducting media monitoring on the Emerging Leaders community for the monthly community newsletter
  • Analyzing pre-and post-meeting session knowledge gains
  • Managing the database through data entry, pulling reports, and ongoing maintenance in Salesforce
  • Drafting social media posts to share program content and support application recruitment
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Undergraduate junior or senior or graduate student
  • Demonstrated interest in the Council's leadership development programming
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Efficiency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with marketing and/or organizing events and fundraising preferred, but not required

This internship is mostly virtual with some in person days. 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.

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Internship Application Timeline

Applications will be open until November 1st, 2023.

Required graduation year

2024 - 2025


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
    political science
    international studies
    urban planning
    program management
    database management
    microsoft office


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What happens after you send in your application?

Interviews for this role are expected to start on 11/01/23. 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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Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For Chicago, IL | $4,214/mo

  • Housing/Rent$2,264

  • Miscellaneous$909

  • Food$439

  • Transportation$328

  • Utilities$274


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