Monday, October 5, 2015

Winter/Spring 2016 Internships at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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 department, tasks may include researching, assisting at Council events, writing communications and assisting in the development of promotional materials, audience and outreach development, and administrative duties. Please note that all interns will provide some program support during their internship; with over 150 programs each year, this will add to the internship experience.

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:

- 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 perform a variety of tasks supporting the annual Global Food Security Symposium and policy reports, including substantive research, external outreach to stakeholders, developing and preparing materials, and administrative duties. Interns are also 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 global agriculture, food security and nutrition, and development assistance.

- Immigration – The Council’s Immigration Initiative is a non-partisan, non-advocacy, Midwest-focused effort committed to fostering public understanding of immigration and forging consensus around sensible immigration policy. Interns perform research and administrative tasks to support the Initiative’s ongoing activities and publications, including media monitoring, social media outreach, event planning, and fact checking. Applicants should demonstrate strong research, writing and organizational skills. 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 development, production, and dissemination of Chicago Council Survey reports and briefs, and provide research support to the Chicago Council Survey team.

- 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.

- Global Cities - The Global Cities Initiative aims to encourage a dialogue about the role that cities play in international engagement, and evaluate cities through the lens of the four pillars identified to show the complexity and impact of various city policies. Interns provide general research and administrative support to the Global Cities team. Responsibilities may include fact-checking, researching prospective speakers, writing communications, developing materials, performing administrative duties, and assisting with planning and implementation of global cities-related programs.

· Corporate Relations – · Communications 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 teams as needed.

- Graphic Design – Graphic design interns work closely with the Communications team to help produce marketing, communication, and fundraising materials (signs, marketing and communication collateral, direct mail pieces, invitations etc.). Interns will also create graphic assets such as infographics and images for social media, email, and the web as well as designing and creating compelling PowerPoint presentations. Candidates should have extensive experience working with the Adobe creative suite and must submit examples of work as part of the application process.

· External Relations – Interns will work with members of the External Relations team 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 teams as needed.

· Next Generation – The Next Generation team manages programs for our Young Professionals and Emerging Leaders, and is developing a program for high schools. Interns perform a variety of tasks in this team 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 database work, research and write for upcoming programs, assist in marketing and outreach strategies, and an assortment of administrative duties.
The Chicago Council accepts applications for Winter internships (which begin in January) from September 1st to October 31st.

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 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 EOE

About Us

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 and follow @ChicagoCouncil for updates.

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