Research Internships

Research Interns work under the direct supervision of the Institute’s scholars in one of four main research areas: National Security, the Middle East, 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.


FPRI’s Program on the Middle East provides thoughtful analysis and policy recommendations regarding this strategically important and turbulent region. Focusing on key themes such as authoritarianism and reform; the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings; radicalism and regional threats; sectarian divisions; and the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace efforts, the Program leverages deep knowledge of the region, its languages, its history, and its people to offer a holistic understanding of how regional developments impact U.S. national security and foreign policy priorities. The Program’s Research Interns are tasked with: a short- or long-form research project; conducting background research for the Program Director; writing up key meetings and briefings related to the region; tracking and analyzing the Program’s output; and creating infographics and other new media materials to promote the Program’s output.


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 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.