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Resources for International & Public Affairs Internships

Below is a starting list of internships available in international and public affairs domains. Career Services, the Internship Office and the Competitive Fellowships and Awards Office has partnered with the Office for Education Abroad to pool these resources.

  • American Bar Association: Central European and Eurasian Law Inititative
    Supports legal and constitutional reform in emerging democracies. Good fit for: Political science, Area studies, History, Pre-law.
  • Aspen Institute
    Think tank and resource center for public policy and global affairs. Good fit for: Political science, History, Peace Studies.
  • Brookings Institution
    Public policy think tank. Good fit for: Political science, History, Economics, Peace Studies, Area Studies.
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    International affairs think tank that also publishes Foreign Policy magazine. Good fit for: Area Studies, History, Journalism, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • Cato Institute
    Libertarian public policy think tank. Good fit for: Economics, History, Political Science.
  • Center for Defense Information
    US security policy think tank. Good fit for: Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • Central Intelligence Agency
    Lead US intelligence agency. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe
    Congressional committee associated with the OSCE, a regional security organization covering the northern hemisphere. Good fit for: Area Studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
    Lead military intelligence agency. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • Department of State Summer Student Internship Program
    At the U.S. Department of State, we like to say we're the face of America to the world. As an intern, you will be, too. Some of our students work in Washington, DC, and others have the opportunity to work at an embassy overseas. Positions are both paid and unpaid, and many are available during spring, summer or fall.
  • Education Sector
    Education policy think tank. Good fit for: Economics, Education, Political Science.
  • Global Security
    Organization that sponsors popular and influential website on international security and military matters. Good fit for: Economics, History, Peace Studies, Physics, Political Science.
  • Government Accountability Office
    Lead investigative agency of Congress. Good fit for: Accounting, Economics, Political Science, Pre-law.
  • Heritage Foundation
    Conservative public policy think tank. Good fit for: Political science, History, Economics, Peace Studies, Area Studies.
  • Hudson Institute
    Public policy think tank. Good fit for: Political science, History, Economics, Peace Studies, Area Studies.
  • International Republican Institute
    Organization affiliated loosely with the Republican Party that seeks to strengthen democratic institutions and political parties worldwide. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • Middle East Institute
    Think tank on Middle East politics and security. Good fit for: Area Studies, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • National Democratic Institute
    Organization affiliated loosely with the Democratic Party that seeks to strengthen democratic institutions and political parties worldwide. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • National Endowment for Democracy
    Semi-government foundation that seeks to strengthen democratic institutions worldwide. Publishes Journal of Democracy as well. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • Henry Stimson Center
    Think tank focused on international peace and security issues. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • Solidarity Center
    Organization loosely affiliated with AFL-CIO that seeks to strengthen democratic institutions and labor unions world-wide. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • Wilson International Center for Scholars
    Scholarly center that houses a variety of research projects and initiatives in domestic and global affairs. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.

Other Locations:

  • American Refugee Committee (Minneapolis)
    NGO that seeks to alleviate the suffering of refugees and displaced peoples worldwide. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science, Theology.
  • American University in Cairo (Egypt)
    One of the premier private universities in the Middle East offers year-long internships to graduating seniors interested in the Middle East and/or university administration.
  • Carter Center (Atlanta, GA)
    Organization that seeks to promote human rights and fight disease worldwide. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science, Theology.
  • Council on Foreign Relations (DC & NY)
    International affairs think tank that also publishes the influential journal, Foreign Affairs. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Journalism, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • Foreign Policy Research Institute (Philadelphia)
    Foreign policy think tank that focuses on US national needs. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • Freedom House (DC & NY)
    Advocates for political and religious freedom worldwide. Publishes the well-known "Freedom in the World" rankings. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science, Theology.
  • International Crisis Group (NY & DC)
    Important NGO and research institute with offices worldwide that seeks to identify potential security crises and advocates for solutions for on-going conflicts. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • Minnesota International Center
    Based at the University of Minnesota, MIC is an organization that seeks to connect Minnesotans with global issues. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • National Bureau of Asian Research (Seattle)
    International affairs think tank that focuses on Asia-Pacific policy. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • OSCE: The Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (Vienna, Hague, elsewhere)
    Regional security organization formed out of the Helsinki Treaty process that seeks to prevent and resolve conflict, promote human rights and strengthen democratic institutions across Eurasia. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.
  • Physicians for Human Rights (Boston, MA)
    Human rights organization that advocates against torture, war crimes, land mines and other causes. Good fit for: Area studies, History, Peace Studies, Political Science, Theology.
  • Stanley Foundation (Muscatine, IA)
    International affairs think tank that seeks to strengthen institutions of global governance. Good fit for: Area studies, Economics, History, Peace Studies, Political Science.