At the Atlantic Council, we advance our mission of “shaping the global future together” by taking on global, generational challenges – those the next generation is inheriting.

To meet this moment, we are committed to fostering the next generation of international affairs professionals. To this end, we have relaunched our internship program as the world-class, paid Young Global Professionals (YGP) Program. This new initiative is designed to provide exceptional young people with in-depth exposure to international affairs and an opportunity to play an active role in shaping real-world solutions to global challenges.

We’re different than most think tank teams, and we like it that way! The Council is building a movement and we hope you’ll be a part of it. If this appeals to you, read on about how to join our fast-paced, global team of intellectual entrepreneurs.

About the Program

Consistent with our mission of “shaping the global future together,” the Atlantic Council’s Young Global Professionals Program serves as a cornerstone of our vision to create a more free, secure, and prosperous world by shaping the next generation of global leaders.

This prestigious paid internship program for intellectual entrepreneurs offers hands-on experience working at the forefront of international affairs and global engagement. The program is also designed as a career accelerator.

Through two separate cohorts throughout the year, our program will provide driven, diverse, high-performing classes of young professionals the opportunity to represent the Council’s values and advance our mission with integrity in high-impact, global careers at the Council and beyond.

Program participants will receive in-depth exposure to one of our 16 programs or centers and become a valuable part of the Atlantic Council team through engagement with leading strategists, government officials, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and military commanders; exposure to the writing and editing process for publications and the logistical elements of event planning; and creating initiatives within a foreign affairs institution.

Our Young Global Professionals play key roles in helping our programs operate, from helping to produce high-profile public and private events, writing copy to amplify our work on various communication channels, to providing research to support task force reports, digital products or proposals and originating data visualizations.

Our program also offers orientation and professional development courses, including practical software and systems training, career development training, and participation in the Council’s Masterclass series centered around substantive current events and geopolitical issues.

Inspired by the Atlantic Council’s enduring purpose of working with friends and allies to shape the future, our Young Global Professionals Program is designed to harness the potential of rising young leaders. Those with expertise, a passion for the work, an entrepreneurial and solutions-oriented ethos, an innovative mind, and an optimistic and collegial attitude are encouraged to join us.

Program structure

Current application timeline

Spring 2024
Internship datesJanuary 16 – May 31
Application postingOctober 12
Application deadlineNovember 9
Offers and declinesDecember 11

Who should apply

The Atlantic Council’s Young Global Professionals Program is designed for individuals in their junior or senior years of undergraduate studies or graduate students with a passion for learning and contributing to the Atlantic Council’s mission to shape the global future together.

The Atlantic Council is non-partisan and welcomes applicants of all backgrounds and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds. The Council is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment.

The most competitive applicants will be excellent writers and communicators with demonstrated interest and expertise in their fields, whether that be regional knowledge or digital and data skills. But they are also much more. They are passionate about their work, solutions-oriented, fast-acting, entrepreneurial, and resourceful. They understand the world’s challenges are daunting, but they are optimistic and natural team players in their search for relevant strategies and policy solutions. They are digitally native. The Council has a diverse, multi-lingual, and international workforce, but we are united by our aspiration to represent these attributes.

In our pursuit of excellence, we recruit those candidates who embody these characteristics.

International applicants

International students are eligible to participate if they are authorized to work in the United States, with Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) as part of their student visa. International students with visas sponsored by an external organization, foundation, or funder are welcome to apply. The Atlantic Council does not directly sponsor visas for interns.

Location: Remote and US-based

Available internships

Applications for Spring 2024 are now closed. The Young Global Professionals program is only offered in the Spring and Fall.

For more information…

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