Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Atlantic Council Africa Center Summer Internship

Job Summary:

Interns are an integral part of our small, tight-knit team. Most of our work involves an all-hands-on-deck approach that requires interns to actively engage with our events, publications, and strategies. As a result, this position exposes interns to the writing and publishing procedure, logistical elements of event planning, and the process of creating strategic initiatives within a think tank.

Interns work closely with Africa Center staff to provide important research and logistical support to the Center. They are also encouraged to participate in and attend events hosted by other programs at the Atlantic Council.

Successful candidates will have a passion for the work, an entrepreneurial ethos, and a collegial spirit; will be an effective communicator; and will enjoy learning and growing in a fast-paced organization. Demonstrated interest in international affairs, specifically African affairs, through class work and/or experience is strongly preferred.

The positions are unpaid, but candidates gain valuable skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts in the Washington, DC international policy community. A monthly metro reimbursement is offered, along with Interview and Resume Workshops, briefings with our Military and State Department Fellows, as well as other senior-level staff.

Summer internships at the Council generally begin late May and are completed by the end of August. The deadline to apply is March 15, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue until the successful candidate has been selected.


• Conduct research to support the activities of the Center 
• Handle logistical elements for program events
• Manage program contacts database 
• Participate in weekly Africa Center meetings and monthly Atlantic Council meetings 
• Draft formal correspondence to government officials and invitations for events 
• Take notes and photos at Council roundtables and strategy sessions for program archives
• Assist the Center in promoting publications, events, and press mentions


• Must be at least a college junior in good standing, a recent graduate, or a graduate student
• Must have excellent research, writing, and people skills 
• Must demonstrate interest in African issues. Candidates who are undergraduate majors or graduate level students of African Affairs are preferred 
• Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior officials 
• Must be detail oriented and able to work in a fast-paced environment 
• Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent from a non-US institution • Must be eligible to work in the United States on a full-time basis
• Ability to read and write French is highly desired

International applications are welcome but candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. The Atlantic Council does not facilitate visas for internship applicants, but can assist in having a third party sponsor a visa. Internship applicants are responsible for any costs associated with the visa sponsorship.

Apply here.