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This internship is virtual; in-person option

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs offers members and the public insights on global issues by providing a nonpartisan platform for world leaders, policymakers, and experts. Through accessible content and open dialogue of diverse, fact-based perspectives, we empower more people to help shape our global future. The Council’s Programs and Digital Content Team is responsible for conceptualizing, researching, and executing a wide range of in-person and digital products and programs aimed at increasing knowledge and engagement in global affairs.

Interns for the programs and digital content team should have a broad interest in global affairs, an interest in content development, and strong writing and communication skills. Interns will have the opportunity to create digital content for public distribution, support events and creative experiences for Council audiences, work with data and metrics on audience and engagement, and collaborate on projects with team members.

The intern performs a variety of tasks including:
  • Staying informed on global events and anniversaries, as well as breaking news topics, trends, and developments on international affairs relevant to the team’s priority content areas.
  • Pitching content ideas in a team setting and identifying experts/content collaborators to speak on (or explain) select topics in digital products to be released on various public platforms.
  • Researching and writing for production of the Council’s weekly podcast Deep Dish on Global Affairs and hybrid pod-program World Review with Ivo Daalder: drafting webpage descriptions, creating cue-sheets, identifying key pre-reads and writing backgrounders, in addition to researching and identifying prospective guest contributors, and supporting the planning of upcoming editions of Deep Dish and World Review.
  • Working on a variety of content-portfolios to support the generation of creative social media content and strategies for the Council’s platforms (Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, and others). Experience in short form video, such as Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts, is particularly meriting. Familiarity with basic video editing, graphic design work or experience creating graphics for social media is a plus.
  • Navigating Council databases such as Sprout Social, Google Analytics, YouTube, and Cvent, for audience-building insights and analysis, as well as assisting with regular database management entries and operational upkeep. Training on database platforms will be provided.
  • Helping conceptualize and develop interactive experiences both in-person and virtual that cover global topics relevant and of interest to Council audiences and communities, particularly young professionals under the age of 45.
  • Drafting event and experience announcements, discussion topics and questions, as well as researching and identifying prospective topic speakers or other content collaborators. Compile program resources, including relevant supporting collateral, backgrounders, and other materials. May also support external collaborator correspondence such as prep calls, speaker invitations, speaker/expert logistics, etc.
  • Provide support for Council events (virtual, hybrid, or in-person), sometimes requiring early morning or evening hours. Examples may be registrations, ushering, greeting, monitoring social media channels, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Undergraduate junior, senior or graduate student
  • Demonstrates strong interest in current international events and global issues
  • Great attention to detail
  • Excellent written, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong communicator, customer service experience is a plus
  • Experience in professional settings in writing, research, and marketing
  • Ability to work autonomously, multitask, and manage multiple assignments in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment with quick turnaround times
  • Creatively driven, flexible, positive, and with a team-oriented attitude
  • Experience in college newspaper, editorial magazine, or social media platforms a plus

Apply now for the Intern, Programs and Digital Content.

*We require anyone entering our office to be fully vaccinated. You are considered "fully vaccinated" two weeks after completing the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after receiving a single dose of a one-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).