Each internship is designated as either in-person or virtual. If you are chosen for an in-person internship, you must be able to get to our office in downtown Chicago. We require anyone entering our office to be fully vaccinated. You are considered "fully vaccinated" two weeks after completing the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after receiving a single dose of a one-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).
All internship opportunities are unpaid.
Internships by Team
Internship opportunities on the Communications team:
Internship opportunities on the Global Cities team:
Internship opportunities on the Next Generation team
Internship opportunities with the Office of the President
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs recruits interns at fixed times of the year. See the chart above for the timeline of each internship term.
How soon will applicants be contacted after submitting an application?
All applications are reviewed on the timeline posted above. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be notified during the times listed above. Candidates will be contacted only if their applications are selected for further review.
Can I contact someone to confirm receipt of my materials?
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are unable to take phone calls or in-person visits in regards to internships. All interns will receive an email confirmation that their materials have been submitted. No phone calls, please.
How long do internship opportunities last?
I've had another opportunity come up—can I find out if I’ve been selected sooner?
No. All students will be contacted either during the interview and selection timeline if a team is interested in their candidacy or within 30 days of the last day for interviewing and selection if a candidate has not been selected.
Am I eligible for an internship as a recent grad?
I’m not technically a junior yet. Am I eligible for an internship?
Our internship program is geared towards college undergraduates at the junior standing level and above. We find that our program is most beneficial to students that have had a few years of college coursework related to the Council’s work. Furthermore, this additional education and other college-acquired skills supplement the hands-on experience gained through an internship. We would be delighted to consider you for a future term. The Council also offers a student membership which gives access to our many programs and events throughout the year. We encourage you to take a look at our upcoming programs and register if you would like to learn more about the Council and the work that we do.
I can't work the full four months—will you consider a shorter term?
Due to the time invested in intern training as well as the inherent benefit in an intern having substantive experience, the terms last 3-4 full months. Depending on a team’s interest, however, they may be open to exploring your candidacy depending on their individual needs. Please feel free to apply, understanding that it’ll be up to the teams to determine if your availability will work for their team. We do sometimes have needs that arise on our teams or with our fellows that may open up new intern opportunities.
Should I submit separate applications if I'm interested in working on multiple teams?
I am an international student. Can I apply for the internship program?
You are welcome to apply, however, all selected international applicants will need to obtain valid work authorization on his/her own behalf. Please feel free to visit the USCIS website for detailed work authorization information.
Can I intern or work-shadow a staff member for a few weeks?
Does a Council internship guarantee me a full-time position afterwards?
Interning at the Council does not guarantee employment with the organization. All of the Council’s open career opportunities are posted online.