Research Internships

Research Interns work under the direct supervision of the Institute’s scholars in one of three main research areas: National Security, Eurasia, or Asia. 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. To see work from former interns that has been published by FPRI, visit our Intern Corner.


FPRI’s Program on National Security seeks to help illuminate trends and address dynamic threats from non-state actors and factors (e.g., terrorism, cyber threats, pandemics, etc.) as well as from the reassertion of a more competitive international state system by examining contemporary and emergent concerns for American and international security through a wide aperture by bringing expertise to bear through research, publication, and education.  The Program’s Research Interns are tasked with conducting background research for the Program Director or other Program scholars. Student interns will not only work conducting research for the Program but will also receive guidance on a research project of the intern’s design.


The Eurasia Program at FPRI aims to examine the political, security, economic, and social trends shaping Europe and Eurasia. It aims to provide impartial, evidence-based analysis of the region, drawing on scholarship to illuminate contemporary trends. The program’s current activities put special emphasis on the Baltic and Black Sea regions, as well as Russia’s foreign policy and political economy. The program seeks interns who can fulfill various communications, operations, research, and editorial tasks. Intern experiences vary based on need and individual skills, but may include research performed under the direct supervision of the Eurasia Program Deputy Director such as maintaining data files, conducting literature searches, and compiling indices. Other work may include formatting publications; generating content for and managing social media; assisting with editing and promoting multimedia; fact-checking and proof-reading articles; and helping plan and organize events.


FPRI’s Africa Program seeks to inform and educate policy makers, business leaders, and the American public on the diversity and complexity of the African continent. We achieve this through publications and programs by scholars and practitioners in the fields of diplomacy, government, geopolitics, national security and defense, international development, and private industry both in the United States and abroad, but particularly in Africa. With more than 50 nations and hundreds of ethnic groups and languages spoken, Africa faces many challenges, including violent extremism and terrorism, climate change, pandemic diseases, and economic equity. However, Africa also has significant advantages, including the youngest population of any continent, vast resources, and enormous economic potential. Interns should have the ability to assist with administrative and research tasks including, but not limited to: compiling event attendee listings and demographics, post-event outreach, presentation preparation, scheduling phone and Zoom meetings, researching and building a listing of contacts and scholars, disseminating correspondence, and general research related to the interests of the Africa program.


FPRI’s Asia Program promotes debate and analysis of important developments in Asia, with an emphasis on East Asia. Much of our work focuses on the relations between China, Taiwan, and the United States, but our regional studies may also include Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Interns will be expected to help with the main  initiatives of this program, which include conferences, educational programs, and publications related to the program’s research. Interns may also be tasked with background research, fact-checking, and other research-related tasks as necessary.