About our internship program

The Atlantic Council seeks talented and enthusiastic students and recent grads to participate in any of our three internship programs offered during the Spring, Summer and Fall. Our interns are effective communicators that are passionate, entrepreneurial, collegial and enjoy the fast pace of learning and growth.

Interns provide important research and logistical support to their Centers. All interns are encouraged to attend events hosted by other programs at the Council. Interns will gain valuable skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts in the international policy community.

The Atlantic Council summer 2019 intern class.

Who should apply to the Atlantic Council Internship Program?


Internship applicants must be at least a junior in college, a graduate student, or recent graduate. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in international affairs through class work and/or experience.

Which departments offer internship opportunities at the Atlantic Council?

The Atlantic Council offers internships in the following programs and centers:

We also offer internships in the Communications, Events, Development, and our Executive Office.

When are Internships available throughout the year? When are internship posted on the Atlantic Council career’s page?

The Atlantic Council hosts three groups of intern classes throughout the year: Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Internship opportunities are posted for the following class typically a few weeks into the internship. The deadline are as stated in the recruitment calendar but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue until a successful candidate has been selected. See below for the approximate Intern Recruitment Cycle:

SpringSummerFall
Internship DatesJanuary – AprilMay – AugustSeptember – December
Internship PostingOctoberJanuaryJune
Application DeadlineNovemberMarchJuly
Offers and DeclinesDecemberAprilAugust

Are international students able to intern with the Atlantic Council?

Yes. International applications are welcome to apply, but candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. We do not sponsor visas for internship applicants but can assist a third party in sponsoring a visa. Internship applicants are responsible for any costs associated with a visa sponsorship.

Our interns reflect on their experiences with the Council

Learn as much as you can from the people around you and the publications you get access to, and write your own blog posts and network as much as possible.

Marlene, Spring 2019 Intern, Transatlantic Security Initiative

I chose Atlantic Council because I wanted to get internship experience in a variety of categories, regions, industries, and public and private organizations.

Brennan, Summer 2019 Intern, Events

Available Internships

If you share a commitment to our mission, please apply by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the job description page and you will be taken to our application portal where you will be able to submit your application materials. Please note – Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue until a successful candidate has been selected. Any position that is still posted is open to applications.

Please note: Atlantic Council is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. Atlantic Council is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities. Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council.