Foreign Policy Research Institute Internship Program


Research Interns work under the direct supervision of the Institute’s research staff. Students help maintain data files, conduct literature searches, compile indices, or produce other material.

Editorial Interns are trained to analyze scholarly articles, correspond with authors, fact check, copyedit, proofread, and generally help with the production of the quarterly journal Orbis, as well as perform general administrative duties throughout the Institute.

Operations Interns help with conference preparation, development, public relations, and research for various operations/administrative-related projects as they arise. 

All language skills are welcome, but knowledge of Russian, Chinese, Persian, Arabic, French, German, and Spanish is especially helpful. A familiarity with word-processing programs and conducting research on the world-wide web is also desirable. Internships are available for an academic year, a semester, a summer, or by agreement, for a shorter time. A minimum commitment of 10 hours a week is required.

How to Apply for Internships

Our deadlines are as follows: close of business (5pm) on 1 August for fall applications, 1 December for spring applications, and 1 April for summer applications. Send a cover letter stating your research interests and which internship you are applying for, a one page résumé, and a short writing sample (approx 3-10 pages, in .doc or .pdf format) to: [email protected].

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the internship coordinator at [email protected]. Due to the number of applications that we receive you will only be contacted if you have been selected; this will usually occur within two weeks of the application deadlines. Please, do not call to check on the status of your application.

Work-study (for Pennsylvania residents) and internships are available throughout the year. (Note: Internships are unpaid; for information on work-study grants, query your campus financial aid office.) Students serve in one of three support capacities.

Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTCSP)

The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTCSP) runs a small, highly selective internship program for students (grad and undergrad) and recent graduates interested in gaining first-hand experience in public policy research in domestic and international affairs.  TTCSP is currently recruiting interns for the Spring term from January 13th to May 8th. Over the course of 15 weeks interns will work independently and in teams to research and analyze global policy trends in think tanks. Interns will work on one of the following teams:

MENA Think Tank Summit: Think Tanks and Policy Advice in A Time of Protracted Conflict and Instability

Think Tanks and Quality, Independence and Integrity

Security and International Affairs: Global Trends and Transitions in Security Expertise: Nuclear Deterrence to Climate Change

Think Tanks and the Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Emerging Powers

Think Tanks And NGO Pushback

India Think Tank Summit and Research

Africa Think Tank Summit and Research

North American Think Tank Summit and Research

Asia Think Tank Summit and Research

Think Tanks, Civil Society and Public Policy in Korea

Interns will work with their teams to produce a professional quality work product—a detailed report on their assigned area of research—by the end of the internship. Interns should be prepared to work 15 hours a week and attend mandatory weekly intern meetings that will usually be held from 3 - 5pm on Fridays at the University of Pennsylvania. This internship is a great opportunity for those interns looking to attend graduate school in international relations, public policy, law school and/or work in a think tank or international organization.

Please submit résumés and cover letters to:

Namratha Minupuri

[email protected]

Research Assistant

Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program

Lauder Institute

Wharton School and School of Arts and Sciences

University of Pennsylvania