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We offer a wide array of leadership development opportunities for rising leaders, young professionals, and students to increase their global fluency and lend their voices to foreign policy and global affairs discussions.  

Engaging the Next Generation

Explore opportunities to address global challenges, strengthen your personal and professional networks, and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to turn issues and ideas into impact.
An Emerging Leader presents during a public program
Emerging Leaders Program Each year, we select a group of high performing, mid-career professionals from across Chicago’s business, civic, and academic sectors to participate in this leadership development program and deepen their skills and experience analyzing global issues and policies.
A group of Young Professional members at the 2019 YP Summer Soirée.
YP Network Nearly 1,500 smart, sophisticated Council members under the age of 45 participate in the Council's Young Professionals (YP) Network to connect with each other and influential leaders, gaining valuable contacts and insights to succeed in a fast-changing global landscape.
Next Generation intern Meg in front of the Council's logo wall.
Internship Program We offer incredible learning opportunities for undergraduate juniors and seniors and graduate students interested in global affairs. Interns participate in a variety of duties across all teams associated with ongoing projects.
A group of students at an event in the Council's Conference Center.
Student Engagement We provide high school and university students opportunities to hear from foreign policy experts, examine policy questions, and connect with peers.
Natalie Moore discuses on a panel for The Chicago Council
The Richard C. Longworth Media Fellowships The Richard C. Longworth Media Fellowships, a collaboration with the Pulitzer Center, aims to promote international reporting by Chicago and Midwestern journalists.