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Public Opinion & Foreign Policy Internship

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. Learn more at and follow @ChicagoCouncil.

The Council 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 click on the hyperlinked opportunities to learn more about the specific qualifications)

Public Opinion

More internship opportunities listed on our website.      

Internship Application Timeline

Applications will be open until July 1, 2024.

Intern Qualifications

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.

Interns are asked to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week.

While internships are unpaid, interns will receive a complimentary, one-year membership with the Council.

To apply, please visit our website.