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This internship is virtual

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs offers members and the public insights on current international developments and global issues by providing a nonpartisan forum for world leaders, policymakers, and experts by hosting over 100+ programs throughout the programming season. The Council Programming Department is responsible for all research and execution for these programs.

Within the Programming Department, the Engagement Team develops, manages, and executes events designed to engage the Council’s membership base and donors; and works alongside digital program offerings, and supports fundraising objectives. These events may include leadership roundtables with foreign and national representatives, expert briefings, discussion groups, book clubs, debates, dinners, workshops, and more, to advance thoughtful dialogues on timely issues with global, national, and local leaders, experts, influencers, and the wider Council membership community. The Intern, Engagement and Leadership Programs will help to develop several diverse engagement programs, including virtual, in-person, and hybrid components for the upcoming programming season; and will be tasked with thinking creatively on how to engage individuals who care about the Council. The Intern, Engagement and Leadership Programs will also support the Engagement Team with an array of programmatic and administrative functions integral to the Council’s membership base, assisting with developing strategic partnerships and donor opportunities, and through conceptualizing creative social and communications opportunities.

The Engagement Team heavily collaborates with the Digital Programming Team, as well as across multiple departments including Development, Communications, Next Generation Young Professionals, and Database. The Intern, Engagement and Leadership Programs will work under the direct supervision of the Program Officer for the Engagement Team.

This intern performs a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:
  • Research and write for upcoming engagement programs, including identifying prospective speakers and content areas that are of interest to Council members and donors; and draft speaker invites, program announcements, and moderator questions.
  • Program support for both virtual, in-person, and hybrid events, including preparing speaker and moderator materials, pre-reads, attendee lists, registration, seating, assistance with audience Q&A, and other digital event materials.
  • Identify impactful speaker quotes from recent programs for future marketing; and drafting thank you letters to speakers.
  • Stay well-informed on global events and anniversaries, as well as breaking news topics, trends, and developments on international affairs relevant to Council members and donors.
  • Assist with database management entries and operational upkeep using Salesforce, registering guests using Cvent, and documenting participating attendees from Zoom.
  • Navigate Council databases (Salesforce and Cvent) for audience building and analysis.
  • Support Communication and Development strategies by developing creative social content through elevating engagement programs and its members and donors on the Council’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
  • Opportunity to collaborate with interns within the Digital Programming and Development Teams on shared goals and projects.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as assigned.
  • Undergraduate sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student with an interest in current international affairs and global issues
  • Experience in professional settings for social media and marketing, a plus
  • Strong communicator with some customer service experience
  • Familiarity with database platforms (Salesforce is preferred, not required)
  • Self-starter with excellent attention to detail
  • Strong organizational, written, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Creatively driven, flexible, positive, and with a team-oriented attitude

Apply now for the Intern, Engagement and Leadership Programs