Internship Positions

Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTCSP)
  • Location
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Jun 13

Position description

The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTCSP) runs a small, highly selective internship program for students (undergrad, gap year, and grad) and recent graduates interested in gaining first-hand experience in public policy research in domestic and international affairs. Over 1200 undergraduate, gap year, and graduate students have participated in the research intern program. Candidates must be highly motivated to work independently in a demanding think tank environment that requires excellent research and analysis as well as project management skills. Candidates must be proficient in both oral and written English. Knowledge of Chinese, Russian, French, Spanish and Arabic is a plus but not a prerequisite for most projects. Internships are unpaid and based in our Philadelphia office. Interns work independently and in teams. We do our best to match the qualifications and interests of our interns with research and consulting projects to which they can contribute most. This is an excellent opportunity for those students who are planning to attend graduate school in international relations, public policy, law school and/or work in a think tank or international organization.

Internship Positions are Available for Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms: Ideal for International Relations, Political Science, English, Environment, Global Studies, Health and Development majors. The research interns meet on Friday afternoons (usually 3-5PM) to review progress and discuss career oriented issues and other topics of interest. The TTCSP is a collaborative effort between the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania and the Foreign Policy Research Institute. The duration of the internship is 16 weeks and the time commitment ranges from 10-12 hours a week for a part time internship. Full time opportunities and assignments are available for those looking to gain work experience before entering graduate school or for those who want to position themselves for full time paid employment. Internships require a minimum of 15 hours a week during fall and spring semesters and 25-30 hours a week in the summer. The work schedule is flexible with the vast majority of the assignments being done off-site at a research library. Interns are entitled to attend (free of charge) conferences and lectures on domestic and foreign policy topics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, World Affairs Council and the University of Pennsylvania.

Duties and Responsibilities  

  • Research topics include: global go to think tank index; think tanks and policy advice in the following regions Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America, North America; security international affairs, foreign policy and security challenges facing the emerging powers, organization and policy.
  • Report to the Research Coordinator and Director
  • Collect data, conduct literature searches and literature reviews, conduct analysis and research
  • Track grant opportunities
  • Update contact databases
  • Monitor national and global newsfeeds and selected web sites on think tanks, policy advice and project specific issues.
  • Participate in career development and research related lectures and events
  • Some data entry and administrative duties
  • Assist with social media (Twitter and Facebook)
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or degree in progress) in International Relations, Political Science, English, Global Studies, International Business, Marketing, Computer Science, and Engineering.
  • Ability to intern for 15hrs/ A Minimum four months commitment. Gap year internship also available 25-30 hours a week
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, particularly Word and Excel
  • Excellent internet research and documentation skills
  • Excellent writing, proofreading, and editing skills in English
  • Very comfortable using different digital and  social media platforms
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in  international relations/or public policy
  • Ability to apply superb attention to detail and to plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Eagerness to be creative and take initiative on new ideas and projects
  • Ability to work in a small team or independently as needed

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