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Foreign Policy Research Internship

Title: Internship
Location: Remote (time zones EST +/- 3 hours preferred)
Stipend: $17.50
Duration: 10-12 weeks
  • Spring: approx. January – April
  • Summer: approx. May – August
  • Fall: approx. September – December
Application Deadlines:
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: March 15
  • Fall: June 15


The fp21 internship program is designed for students to glean insight and experience in the
activities of a foreign policy think tank. fp21’s mission is to improve the future of U.S. foreign
policy, and nowhere is this more relevant than supporting the next generation of leaders. Interns
will be placed with executive, research, communications, or development teams based on their
interests. We aim to provide young professionals with valuable skills to advance their careers.
The program is tailored to each intern’s interests with the intent of helping them achieve their

fp21 is deeply committed to maintaining a healthy work environment: we prize flexibility,
empowerment, and inclusivity in our work culture. We believe deeply that diverse teams are
effective teams. Applicants from non-traditional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


The research intern will gain invaluable, hands-on experience in research design, methods, and
strategy. It is an ideal opportunity for those interested in studying best practices in data
collection, analytics, decision-making, monitoring and evaluation, and organizational design with
a focus on real-world impact. You will report to the Research Director. Your responsibilities will
  • Assisting in research, analysis, and writing of reports, articles, blog posts, and other such projects as determined by program needs
  • Supporting the day-to-day operations of the research director
  • Attending research team and other staff meetings
  • Opportunity to take the lead on a summer-long project


Qualified candidates will demonstrate:
  • Some university-level education (e.g. one or more years of undergraduate or graduate-level coursework)
  • Proven interest in foreign policy (e.g. coursework, extracurricular involvement, employment)
  • Enthusiasm for fp21’s mission
  • Attention to detail, a positive attitude, and an eagerness to learn
  • Familiarity with Notion, Slack, Google Suite a plus

TO APPLY: Please apply through this form: We
require a resume and cover letter (400 words max).

A brief note on cover letters: fp21 receives many applications. The cover letters that stand out to
us are earnest, enthusiastic accounts of applicants’ stories and goals. We want to hear why
you’re interested in fp21, what you hope to learn, and how this internship might advance your
professional objectives. Leave your extensive prior experience for the resume to convey (it
matters, but not as much as you think). We’re excited to hear from you!


OUR MISSION: fp21 is a new independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) think tank
and policy accelerator dedicated to transforming the processes and institutions of U.S. foreign
policy. Unlike other think tanks that focus on current events, fp21 focuses its work upstream on
improving how policy is made. The cornerstone of fp21’s work is evidence-based foreign policy,
and the team is an exciting mix of current and former public servants, academics, and tech

OUR CULTURE: fp21 strives to build a working environment that empowers each team
member to make meaningful contributions to foreign policy while maintaining a healthy balance
in personal and work life. Our organization operates fully remote, and we encourage highly
flexible work schedules and offer unlimited leave. Instead of relying on endless emails and Slack
messages, we adopt cutting-edge knowledge-sharing and decision-making processes to minimize
friction so you can concentrate on doing what you do best. We know that diverse teams are more
productive and creative, and we work to build an inclusive and equitable environment that
empowers each individual. fp21 is a learning organization, grounding our decisions about our
internal culture in the best-available research while continually adapting to meet the needs of our
team and achieve our mission.

EQUITY AND INCLUSION: fp21 is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants
of any race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, income class, political affiliation,
sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or marital
status, as well as applicants who have been previously incarcerated. We strongly encourage those
from historically under-served, underrepresented, or marginalized communities to apply. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or
disability status.