The Foreign Policy Research Institute is an independent, non-profit organization devoted to scholarly research and public education on international affairs. Current research focuses on American foreign policy; American defense and national security issues; Western Europe; East Asia, particularly the role of the People’s Republic of China in the region; the Arab-Israeli peace process; and, terrorism and political violence.
Work-study (for Pennsylvania residents) and internships are available throughout the year. (Note: Internships are unpaid.) Students serve in one of three support capacities:
Research Interns work under the direct supervision of the Institute’s scholars. Students help maintain data files, conduct literature searches, compile indices, or produce other material. The number of internships for the term is dependent upon the scholars’ schedules and research load. Each accepted intern will be matched with a scholar with similar areas of research. Research interns who anticipate working remotely will be considered, along with local applicants, and will communicate throughout the course of their internship via skype and/or phone.
Editorial Interns assist the president in analyzing scholarly articles, fact checking, copy-editing, and proofreading. Only applicants local to Philadelphia will be considered for Editorial Internships.
Operations Interns help with conference preparation, development, public relations, and research for various operations/administrative-related projects as they arise. A familiarity with word-processing programs and conducting research is also desirable. Only applicants local to Philadelphia will be considered for Operations Internships.
All Internships are available for an academic year, a semester, a summer, or by agreement, for a shorter time. Although we prefer for interns to begin and end in correspondence with the academic spring semester/summer/fall semester schedule, there are no firm start or end dates. A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week is required.