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Intern at the Atlantic Counsil this summer



About Atlantic Council:

The Atlantic Council is a preeminent, nonpartisan institution devoted to promoting transatlantic cooperation and international security. Harnessing its history of transatlantic leadership, the Council continues to focus on international policy to reflect the dynamic, fast-paced Washington think tank we are today.

As we experience phenomenal growth, we are expanding our vision to include a broad spectrum of modern global challenges ranging from violent extremism to financial instability to NATO’s future and energy security. The Council influences policy through the papers it publishes, the ideas it promotes, and the communities it builds. As the United States’ agenda with its allies has adapted, so has the Council, in providing an essential forum for navigating dramatic shifts in economic and political influence.

The Atlantic Council has been ranked #7 “Think Tank to Watch” in the world by the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tanks. The Council also debuted in four other categories in this annual survey of 6,826 think tanks around the world, reflecting the increasing quality of our programming and the expansion of our global reach. Our considerable momentum over the past several years has been recognized as the Council went from being unranked in this survey in 2008, to being first ranked as the #30 top US think tank in 2009, to the #17 US think tank in 2013.

About Internship Program:

The Atlantic Council seeks over 25 talented and enthusiastic Interns for Summer 2014.

The successful candidates will have a passion for the work, an entrepreneurial ethos and a collegial spirit while also being an effective communicator effectively and enjoying the fast pace of learning and growing in an organization.  Demonstrated interest in global business and economic affairs through class work and/or experience is strongly preferred.

The Council takes pride in cultivating the future leaders of the transatlantic community. Our Internship program provides a pool of energetic young talent to the Council and in turn offers promising students with practical experience in their field of study, honing skills that will prepare them for the next step in their chosen career.

Interns provide important research and logistical support to their respective Centers and work closely with Assistant Directors. All interns are encouraged to participate in and attend events hosted by other programs at the Atlantic Council.

The positions are unpaid, but candidates gain valuable skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts in the Washington, DC international policy community. A monthly metro reimbursement is offered, as well as Interview and Resume Workshops, Networking Sessions, and briefings with our Military and State Department Fellows.

The duration of the internship is May to August 2014 with the possibility of extension.

Centers and Programs Openings:

  • Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security (5)
  • Rafik Hariri Middle East Center (4)
  • Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center (2)
  • Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center (3)
  • South Asia (1)
  • Africa (2)
  • Young Atlanticist (1)
  • Global Business and Economics (2)
  • Energy and Environment (2)
  • Transatlantic Relations (2)
  • Office of External Relations (6)


  • Conduct research to support the activities of respective Center.
  • Handle logistical elements for program events.
  • Manage program contacts database.
  • Participate in daily Center or Program meetings and weekly Atlantic Council meetings.
  • Draft formal correspondence to government officials and invitations for events.
  • Take notes at Council roundtables and strategy sessions for program archives.


  • Must be at least a college junior in good standing, a recent graduate, or a graduate      student.
  • Must have excellent research, writing and interpersonal skills.
  • Must demonstrate proven interest in global trends, foreign policy and      international relations.
  • Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior officials.
  • Must be detail oriented and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent from a non-U.S.      institution.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • International experience and foreign language skills highly desired.

International applications are welcome but candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. The Atlantic Council does not facilitate visas for internship applicants, but can assist in having a third party sponsor a visa.

To apply for an internship with the Atlantic Council, please visit Intern position descriptions for each Center/Program are available on our website. Please apply on our website by submitting your resume, cover letter and writing sample before April 15, 2014. Applications will be viewed on a rolling basis with a potential start date in late May or early June. Please follow us on LinkedIn for the most recent updates,

The Atlantic Council of the United States is an equal opportunity employer. 

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