Global Energy Center Intern – Fall 2020-Atlantic Council

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Our interns are an integral part of the Global Energy Center. With a small group, most of our projects are all-hands-on-deck and we encourage interns to actively engage with events, projects, and research. This position will expose the candidate to the logistical elements of event-planning, think tank operations, and publications process.

The Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape. Interns provide important research and logistical support to the Center. They are also encouraged to participate in and attend events hosted by other programs at the Atlantic Council.

The successful candidate will have a passion for the work, an entrepreneurial ethos, and a collegial spirit while also being an effective communicator who adheres to deadlines and enjoys the fast pace of learning and growing in an organization. Demonstrated interest in international affairs, specifically energy through classwork and/or experience is preferred.

Fall Internships will begin on the following dates:

  • September 8, 2020
  • September 14, 2020

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue until a successful candidate has been selected.

The positions are unpaid, but candidates gain valuable skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts in the Washington, DC international policy community. A monthly metro reimbursement is offered, along with Workshops, briefings with fellows, as well as other senior-level staff.


  • Conduct research to support the activities and projects of the staff.
  • Handle an array of logistical issues for program events and activities.
  • Manage program contacts.
  • Draft correspondence and take notes at Council public events, roundtables, and strategy sessions for program archives.
  • Write analytical pieces for publication on GEC’s EnergySource blog.


  • Must be at least a college junior in good standing, a graduate student or a recent graduate, preferably majoring in political science/international affairs, public policy, energy/environmental science, or economics.
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0) scale, or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Applicants must be able to work full-time (40 hrs/week).
  • Must demonstrate proven interest in international affairs with an emphasis on energy geopolitics.
  • Must have excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior figures.

International applications are welcome, but candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. The Atlantic Council does not facilitate visas for internship applicants but can assist in having a third party sponsor a visa. Internship applicants are responsible for any costs associated with the visa sponsorship.

This Fall internship will be remote due to COVID-19 , however, there is a possibility for in-office opportunities for local interns

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