Global Food and Agriculture Program: Government Relations Internship Opportunity

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Washington, DC
Mar 15, 2017
May 31, 2017
Full Time

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an independent, nonpartisan organization established in 1920, provides insight on critical global issues. The Council's issues include a robust program on global food and agriculture. Established in 2008, the Global Food and Agriculture program (GFAP) has convened business, policy, scientific, and civil society leaders to address food security and agriculture development challenges. In addition to annual thematic reports, periodic briefs, and the Symposium, GFAP has a small Washington, DC-based team. The DC team aims to disseminate and educate Members of Congress, staff, NGOs, and Administration officials on the importance of our global food security research. The team also develops and socializes policy recommendations.

The Intern, based in Washington, DC, will work with a small office under direct supervision from the Government Relations Officer on the Global Food and Agriculture program. The Intern performs a variety of tasks supporting the Government Relations team including outreach to Congressional offices and Administration, dissemination of policy reports, and communications:

  • Tracking and monitoring legislation, hearings, and local events
  • Research and synthesize policies and reports
  • External outreach to NGO stakeholders
  • Developing and preparing background materials for report dissemination, Symposium preparation, briefings, and Congressional outreach
  • Assisting the research and organization of the project's weekly Hill update, which follows media, research, and policy developments, specific to Congress and the Administration, on issues surrounding global agriculture, food security and nutrition, and development assistance
  • Administrative duties
  • Other tasks as assigned



  • Undergraduate junior or senior or graduate student
  • Demonstrated interest in global agriculture, international development, and/or public policy
  • Strong research, editing, and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task with quick turnaround times



While internships are unpaid, the Council does offer limited local public travel reimbursement to and from the office. Interns may receive external sponsorship or academic credit for an internship at the Council. To make arrangements for academic credit, applicants should contact their university's career center or academic advisor.


To apply, please email a cover letter (specifying dates/hours of availability), résumé, and a two-page writing sample (e.g. paper and/or excerpt from school, relevant to Council) as Word documents to EOE

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