Through task force reports, international conferences, and fellowship programs, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is growing its expertise on trade and the global economy. Topics covered range from major trade agreements with Asia and Europe to currency movements to economic relations with China. A team of distinguished fellows and research associates provides analysis and commentary and advises policymakers on the most pressing economic issues of the day. Leading economists from Asia also spend time at the Council each year as visiting fellows through its Dr. Scholl Foundation Visiting Fellowship on US-China Relations, and several are now nonresident fellows. The Council on Global Affairs also takes advantage of extensive experience and Chicago's vibrant business community to assess both underlying commercial trends and corresponding policy options. The Council has published reports analyzing how Chicago can benefit from advanced manufacturing and trade and attracting more foreign direct investment. We partner with leading local institutions such as Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to convene discussions on the state of leading trade negotiations from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to multilateral talks under the World Trade Organization. The Council also hosts events featuring US and international government officials and economists such as the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting in Chicago in December 2014. And our Global Economy Series brings renowned economists to Chicago each year to speak to the public about the latest global economic developments and the impact on the US economy.
The Intern, Studies: Global Economy and Global Cities will train under the direct supervision of the Research Associate for Global Economy and Global Cities. The intern will conduct background research on questions and projects related to the global economy, trade, with occasional projects and duties related to urban economics and Global Cities work more generally. 
The Intern performs a variety of tasks including:

  • Supporting ongoing research efforts related to global economic policy, international trade, and macroeconomics
  • Contribute to ongoing research efforts related to global cities and urbanization
  • Reviewing and synthesizing academic literature, policy reports, and institutional publications
  • Editing and providing support for grant writing efforts
  • Preparing background briefings on specific research questions or thematic topics
  • Fact-checking data, citations, and sources for Council publications
  • Researching prospective experts to serve as working group participants or guest speakers
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Undergraduate junior or senior or graduate student
  • Demonstrated interest in current topics related to global economics, trade policy, and urban studies
  • Strong research, editing, and writing skills
  • Ability to quickly analyze and synthesize complex information
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Familiarity with MS Office Suite, especially Excel and PowerPoint (Required)


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