World Affairs Council of Atlanta Internship Overview
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta, a non-profit, non-partisan organization affiliated with the Washington, D.C.-based World Affairs Councils of America and Georgia State University, accepts undergraduate and graduate students as research or program interns each academic semester. Interns are instrumental in the Council’s ability to deliver relevant and impactful programs and research that inform and challenge new thinking about global issues. Many interns gain working knowledge of nonprofit management in an international context while having the chance to demonstrate their creativity, versatility, and communication skills. Others work on a signature research project, the Robinson Country Intelligence Index (RCII). Program Interns have the opportunity to come face-to-face with global business leaders, diplomats, experts and foreign dignitaries who we regularly convene to discuss pressing international issues. Intern tasks include audience development and program promotion through the Council’s social media networks, local media, and weekly e-mails; researching and gathering speaker and topic information; and assisting with event management responsibilities. Interns also work with the membership team to assist with member retention and engagement; manage the membership database; conduct in-person interviews with VIP members to be featured on website; process weekly donor acknowledgement mailings; and design marketing and branding strategies to encourage engagement. Research interns work on the development and annual publication of the RCII (http://rcii.gsu.edu/), a tool created in partnership with GSU’s Robinson College of Business. This tool offers a unique and comprehensive way of measuring country risk across 199 economies. By incorporating a holistic, ecological conceptualization and variable taxonomy, extensive coverage across its Governance, Economics, Operations, and Society (GEOS) dimensions, and interwoven and dynamic functionalities, the RCII distinguishes itself from other risk indexes currently in use. It serves as a tool for teaching, basis for research, and starting point through which businesses, non-governmental organizations, and governments can analyze and mitigate country risk. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with global business leaders, diplomats, experts, and foreign dignitaries who we regularly convene to discuss pressing international issues. Recent programs have featured:
Cameron Munter, Former U.S. Ambassador toPakistan
Beatriz Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-ColaCompany
David Abney, Chairman and CEO, UPS
Prospective interns should be professional and highly motivated and have excellent computer and writing skills, a keen interest in international affairs, and the ability to work as a team player on multiple projects. Expectations include a commitment of a minimum of 16 hours per week (20 preferred). The internship is unpaid, but those accepted may be eligible for course credit as determined by their academic department.
If interested, please send a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications may also be submitted to the address below.
Applications can be made at any time, but review of applications for each semester begins as follows:
Spring—October 15. Please submit applications electronically to
Attn: Internship Program
World Affairs Council of Atlanta
Tower Place 200, Suite 300
3348 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Read about a Georgia Tech student’s experience with this World Affairs Council Internship below: