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.
Duration: September – December
Deadline: August 1
Decision: August 19
Spring Duration: February – May
Deadline: January 7
Decision: January 21
Summer Duration: June – August
Deadline: May 1
Decision: May 20
Please submit the following to Rachel Hemler at firstname.lastname@example.org in one PDF file, including the type of
internship you are applying for in the subject line:
• 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 Internswork 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.
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.