Position Type:Intern
Location: Washington, DC
Desired Education: At least a junior in undergrad
Job Category: Events

Job Summary

Our interns are an integral part of our team. With a small group, most of our projects are all-hands-on-deck and we encourage interns to actively engage with events, publications, and strategies. This position will expose the candidate to the writing process for publications and articles, logistical elements of event-planning, creating strategic initiatives within a think tank.

The successful candidates will have a passion for the work, an entrepreneurial ethos, and a collegial spirit while also being an effective communicator and enjoying the fast pace of learning and growing in an organization. Demonstrated interest in international affairs through class work and/or experience is strongly preferred. Interns are also encouraged to pursue their own research projects and to write and publish their own policy briefs or blog posts.

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, along with Interview and Resume Workshops, briefings with our Military and State Department Fellows, as well as other senior-level staff.

Fall internships at the Council generally begin early September and are completed in December. The deadline to apply is July 22, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue until a successful candidate has been selected.


• Handle logistical issues for program events and activities.
• Conduct research to support the activities of the Director, senior fellow, and program staff.
• Manage program contacts and knowledge.
• Draft correspondence and take notes at Council roundtables and strategy sessions for program archives.
• Write analytical pieces for publication on the New Atlanticist blog.
• Help draft policy briefs and task force reports.


• Must be at least a college junior in good standing, a graduate student or a recent graduate.
• Must demonstrate proven interest in Asian and other international affairs.
• Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior figures.
• 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 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. Internship applicants are responsible for any costs associated with the visa sponsorship.