Internship Opportunities

FPRI Interns gain valuable first-hand experience working at a non-profit think tank alongside a supervisor in their chosen field. Interns function as team members in our office and have the opportunity to attend all FPRI events and briefings throughout the duration of their internship.

Intern schedule:

Duration: September – December 
Deadline: August 1
Decision: August 19

Duration: February – May 
Deadline: January 7
Decision: January 21

Duration: June – August  
Deadline: May 1
Decision: May 20

                                                            To apply:

                  Please submit the following to Rachel Hemler at
         in one PDF file, including the type of
                  internship you are applying for in the subject line:

          • Resume

          • Cover letter stating which internship you are applying
                  for – and research interest if applicable

          • Availability – including both start and end dates and days
                 of the week (minimum of 10-20 hours required per week)

          • A short writing sample – about 3-5 pages of work that you
                find most relevant to the internship you are applying for
                (Research and editorial applicants only)

  • All internships are unpaid, however many students have been successful in securing work-study grants through their university’s financial aid office.
  • Due to the number of applications we receive, you will only be contacted if you have been selected.

Types of Internships at FPRI

Please apply to the position below that best describes the experience you would like to gain at FPRI. Applicants who apply to only one position have the best chance of being selected.

Research Interns work under the direct supervision of the Institute’s scholars in one of four main research areas: the Middle East, Asia, National Security, or Eurasia. Duties and availability vary between programs, so applicants should specify which research program they are interested in and will be matched with a scholar in that program upon acceptance. This position allows for remote interns who can communicate with their supervisor via skype and/or phone.

Digital Communications Interns assist the Communications Coordinator with formatting and promoting FPRI’s scholarly publications and multimedia.

Editorial Interns work with the Assistant Editor in commissioning, fact-checking, editing, and publishing articles in FPRI’s various publication series. Interns will assist in the entire publication process for E-Notes, Orbis: FPRI’s Journal of World Affairs, Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog, FootNotes, Special Reports, Philadelphia Papers, and more. This internship will introduce students to different types of scholarly writing (blogs, policy analysis, and scholarly articles), and to scholars with different types of research interests and to different forms of writing. Not only is this an excellent opportunity for the intern to develop their editing skills, but there will also be opportunities to have their own writing critiqued.

Operations Interns
help with conference preparation, development, public relations, and research for various operations/administrative-related projects as they arise. A familiarity with word-processing programs and conducting research is also desirable. Only applicants local to Philadelphia will be considered for Operations Internships.

The Foreign Policy Research Institute, founded in 1955, is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to bringing the insights of scholarship to bear on the development of policies that advance U.S. national interests. In the tradition of our founder, Ambassador Robert Strausz-Hupé, Philadelphia-based FPRI embraces history and geography to illuminate foreign policy challenges facing the United States. more about FPRI »

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