The Council offers undergraduate juniors and seniors, and graduate students the opportunity to learn about our organization and participate in a variety of duties associated with ongoing projects through its internship program. All internship opportunities will take place in the Chicago office unless otherwise specified. While internship responsibilities vary by team, tasks may include:

  • Research
  • Assisting at Council events
  • Writing communications
  • Assisting in the development of promotional materials
  • Audience and outreach development
  • Administrative duties

Internship Opportunities

Communications Team:

Video/Audio Production

Development Team:

Corporate Relations
Major Gifts

Finance and Administration Team

Database Services

Global Food and Agriculture Team:

Government Relations (WASHINGTON, DC BASED)

Office of the President:

Event Logistics
Next Generation

Programs Team:

Chicago Forum on Global Cities

Studies Team:

Foundation Relations
Global Cities - Energy and Climate
Global Economy and Global Cities
Global Water
Public Opinion
Visiting Fellowships

Internship Application Timeline

The Council offers three internship terms:

Term Start Date End Date Dates Accepting Applications Candidate Selection Dates
Fall September December May 1 - June 1 June 1 - July 1
Spring January May September 15 - October 15 October 15 -  November 15
Summer June August January 15 - February 15 February 15 - March 15


Intern Qualifications

Students must be currently enrolled undergraduate juniors, seniors, or graduate students, have an academic major or demonstrated interest in international affairs, possess excellent research, writing, interpersonal, and verbal communications skills, be detail-oriented with strong organizational abilities, and possess working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

International students 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. 

Please click on the hyperlinked opportunities to learn more about the specific qualifications for each individual opportunity.

Intern Commitments

Interns are asked to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week plus support at least three programs per month which will include activities outside of regular business hours. Candidates are welcome to apply for part-time as well as full-time internships, depending on their schedules.

Intern Benefits

While internships are unpaid, the Council does offer limited local public travel reimbursement to and from the office.
Interns also receive a complimentary, one-year membership with the Council. 
Interns may receive external sponsorship or academic credit for an internship at the Council. To make arrangements for academic credit, applicants should contact their university’s career center or academic advisor.

Frequently Asked Questions

View a list of our frequently asked questions here

Submission/Application Instructions

Please use the submission form below* to attach your resume, cover letter, and 2-page writing sample in addition to indicating your preferred area of interest and availability. Please keep in mind that the required program support may include hours outside of standard business hours. EOE.

*If you already submitted your application for the Fall 2016 term and have received a confirmation email, you do not need to resubmit your application.