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Atlantic Council - Intern

Organization Description

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community's central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

The Council’s mission has three components: fostering US-European cooperation, tackling global challenges together, and building communities of influence. At the same time, the Council has placed the concept of relevance at the heart of its programming and research. The Council’s model is to recruit intellectual entrepreneurs to lead our work, execute programs aimed at shaping policy, build communities of influence around ideas, aggregate best knowledge, and serve as a home base in Washington for Europeans and global partners.

The Atlantic Council has been ranked #6 "Think Tank to Watch" in the world by the University of Pennsylvania's Global Go To Think Tanks. The Council also appeared in nine other categories in this annual survey of more than 6,600 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 first ranked as the #30 top US think tank in 2009, to the #16 US think tank in 2014 and the #18 Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tank in the world.

Location – Washington DC

Job Description

The Atlantic Council seeks over 40 talented and enthusiastic Interns for Fall 2015. 

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.

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. 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, as well as Interview and Resume Workshops, Networking Sessions, and briefings with our Military and State Department Fellows.
Fall Internships at the Council generally begin early September and are completed by the end of December.

Job Responsibilities

  • 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.

Job Requirements

  • 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. Internship applicants are responsible for any costs associated with the visa sponsorship.

How to Apply

The position is located in Washington, D.C. To apply, please visit our website http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/careers/employment-internships to upload your cover letter, resume, list of publications, and a writing sample.

Deadline

The deadline to apply is July 31, but applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.