Current Opportunities

Research/Programmatic Internship

Developing Future Leaders

AFPC has great interest in preparing our interns for future success. Policymakers and statesmen, who have held senior positions in government, are brought in as part of a weekly lecture series to meet with interns and discuss the numerous career paths in foreign policy and the ways to best pursue them. Additionally, AFPC maintains good relations with all of its former interns and has established an extensive network of AFPC alumni. To provide networking opportunities, AFPC hosts annual reunions that allow former interns back into the office to share their experiences with the current interns, and provide them with insights and potential access to future positions in the government and graduate programs. As a result, the majority of former AFPC interns have obtained positions or pursued graduate degrees at leading public policy institutions and government agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Georgetown University, Harvard University, and U.S. Congressional staff offices.

Internship Responsibilities

AFPC internships are part-time with the opportunity for flexible hours. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week between 9 AM and 6 PM at the AFPC headquarters. Candidates should have a strong interest in foreign policy and national security. Knowledge of Russian, Mandarin, Arabic or Farsi is helpful.

We are actively seeking candidates with experience using Adobe InDesign

Responsibilities vary depending on program schedule, but may include:

  • foreign policy research and writing
  • logistical support for both domestic and foreign delegations
  • editorial assistance with publications
  • special events planning
  • social media and podcasting support
  • general administrative support
  • designing high quality and professional brochures, newsletters, reports, and publications
  • creating informational graphics
Opportunities for Publication

In addition to providing interns with a substantive research experience, AFPC encourages and provides opportunities for interns to author or co-author opinion editorials. Listed below are examples of AFPC intern's publications: 

How to Apply

Please follow the application guidelines and deadlines below. We do not accept LinkedIn applications and incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have not been contacted 60 days after the respective application deadline, you were unfortunately not selected for an interview. Interested candidates are requested to submit the following by email to the AFPC Internship Program Coordinator Chloe Smith at

  • cover letter (please include hours and availability)
  • resume
  • foreign policy related writing sample (four pages or less)

Additionally, please specify your top three interests from the following choices in your cover letter:

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester (September - December)  --   July 15
Spring Semester (January - April)  --   November 4
Summer Semester (May - August)  --   March 15

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

AFPC Internship Program Staff

Program Director: Richard M. Harrison

Program Coordinator: Chloe Smith


Interns will work closely with our Director for External Communications and relevant program directors on digital, promotional, and event media. Interns must commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week, but days and times are flexible. Remote work is an option.

Applicants are evaluated on a rolling basis, and are now being accepted for the Summer 2024 semester. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and portfolio of design work to

Job Duties

  • Develop content for promotional materials including electronic and print newsletters, website, social media for both AFPC and the Central Asia Caucasus Institute
  • Layout and produce annual report
  • Layout AFPC quarterly newsletter (InDesign)
  • Upload reports, articles and various other publications/events to AFPC's website
  • Assist with the occasional drafting of media advisories/press releases
  • Manage photo and video content
  • Event planning
  • Editing of AFPC's and CACI's weekly podcasts

Skills Required

  • Applicants must be proficient with Adobe InDesign
  • Clear and concise writing skills
  • Ability to collect and synthesize information from diverse sources
  • Must be creative & resourceful
  • Must be able to multitask
  • Experience with using social media: Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Photoshop skills