The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University offers part-time and full-time internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates in Washington, DC. Participants in our internship program are eligible for academic credit.
Students should consult with academic faculty to determine if this unpaid experience will earn credit.
Interns at the McCain Institute make a direct impact on program development and execution and are offered opportunities to work collaboratively across the organization alongside all levels of staff. Participation in the McCain Institute Internship Program places students in the heart of the nation’s capital, giving them access to some of the top foreign policy leaders and allowing them to gain hands-on experience in program development and management, while developing a professional skill set that will enable their future professional success.
Professional and career development are central components to the Institute’s Internship program, which includes educational brown bag sessions with members of senior staff, as well as resume and cover letter review sessions.
Students are asked to commit at least 20 office hours a week if selected for the Institute’s Internship Program.
- Research various issues such as human rights and democracy; ethics, values and leadership; international rule of law, good governance, transitional justice, counterterrorism, national security and other relevant topics;
- Attend meetings and events and provide written summaries;
- Represent the Institute at events, conferences and seminars to learn about ongoing work done in relevant areas;
- Track media sources for relevant stories that will be sent out via the Institute’s social media platforms, including daily Twitter posts;
- Support event planning and execution;
- Create content for McCain Institute social media channels and blog;
- Assist with domestic and international reimbursements;
- Contribute to the production of monthly financial reports, analysis and distribution; and
- Perform other tasks as required.
- Demonstrated interest in foreign policy, character-driven leadership, human rights and democracy, civic engagement, international security and counterterrorism;
- Ability to work independently and exercise excellent judgment;
- Must be highly organized, able to balance multiple priorities, meet deadlines and work well in a team-oriented environment;
- Excellent writing skills and attention to detail;
- Previous experience using social media platforms: Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, etc.;
- General office, event and program support and administrative responsibilities;
- Comfortable interacting with high-level professionals and officials regularly; and
- Other duties as assigned.
Email a cover letter, resume, two-page writing sample and two references in a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state in your cover letter the position for which you are applying. You may apply for multiple programs.