Leadership Development Opportunities
We are committed to positioning the next generation to take global leadership roles by engaging them in the Council's mission and all we do.
We offer a wide array of leadership development opportunities for rising leaders, young professionals, and students to increase their global fluency and lend their voices to foreign policy and global affairs discussions.
Engaging the Next GenerationExplore opportunities to address global challenges, strengthen your personal and professional networks, and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to turn issues and ideas into impact.
Emerging Leaders Program Each year, we select 20 high performing, mid-career professionals from across Chicago’s business, civic, and academic sectors to participate in this leadership development program and deepen their skills and experience analyzing global issues and policies.
YP Network Nearly 1,500 smart, sophisticated Council members under the age of 45 participate in the Council's Young Professionals (YP) Network to connect with each other and influential leaders, gaining valuable contacts and insights to succeed in a fast-changing global landscape.
Internship Program We offer incredible learning opportunities for undergraduate juniors and seniors and graduate students interested in global affairs. Interns participate in a variety of duties across all teams associated with ongoing projects.
Student Engagement We provide high school and university students opportunities to hear from foreign policy experts, examine policy questions, and connect with peers. We also invest in the development of high school teachers through the Koldyke Global Teachers Program.