The CIR Internship Program

CIR offers our students a competitive, paid internship program. The internships take place the summer after students complete their coursework and feature positions in top think-tanks, cabinet-level government agencies, and private firms. Each student will receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer (some internships provide additional funding at various levels). We focus our placements with organizations in DC, but also seek positions across the country and around the world with particular attention to organizations that can employee international students. These internships are available exclusively to CIR students.

CIR has sought out organizations that can ensure our students have a specific project to contribute to and own. CIR wants each student's time to be productive and for each student to acquire a compelling portfolio of experience they can present to future employers.

Past Placements

After a successful two year pilot program, CIR expanded its internship program to provide funded opportunities for up to 10% of each cohort. Taken together, the placements cover a range of IR-related questions with urgent implications for the US government, international security, and regional relations. Our partner organizations include: The Council on Foreign Relations, The Clinton Foundation, CATO Institute, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, British Consulate's Trade and Investment Office, Chicago, and Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute.


Past Placements

Past placements cover a range of IR-related questions with urgent implications for the U.S. government, international security, and regional relations. Our partner organizations include: The Council on Foreign Relations, The Clinton Foundation, CATO Institute, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, British Consulate's Trade and Investment Office, Chicago, and Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute.


Timeline 2016-17

In early January, job descriptions for available positions will be posted and students invited to apply. The employing organization will review candidates, schedule interviews, and extend offers to students by mid-March. CIR staff will then help coordinate the necessary paperwork and stipend distribution.


Other University Internship Programs

CIR students are eligible for additional internship program sponsored by other units on campus. Among them are the Institute of Politics, UChicagoGRAD, University Community Service Center, and International Innovation Corps.