Internship Documents

Internship Overview 

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta, a non-profit, non-partisan organization affiliated with the Washington, D.C.-based World Affairs Councils of America and Georgia State University, accepts undergraduate students as research and program interns each academic semester, including summers. Many interns are on the research team working on the Robinson Country Intelligence Index (RCII), a unique, interactive tool that measures country risk across different dimensions. Other interns are part of the program and membership team working on expanding council membership by delivering relevant and impactful programs that inform and challenge new thinking about global issues. All interns focus on highlighting Atlanta’s growing role in international affairs and business.

All interns should have a strong interest in political-economic leadership, country risk, corporate social responsibility, and, most importantly, the most pressing issues shaping international affairs in the 21st Century. Interns should have excellent computer and writing skills, be creative and highly motivated, and have the ability to work as a team player on multiple projects.

Expectations include a commitment of a minimum of 16 hours per week. Though the internship is unpaid, those accepted may be eligible for course credit as determined by their academic department.

How to Apply

If interested, please send a resume, cover letter, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to [email protected]. Applications can be submitted at any time, but review of applications for each semester begins as follows:

March 15
July 15
October 15

Meet Our Current Interns and GRAs


Maria Andrade

Maria AndradeMaria is an international student from Venezuela studying Political Science with a minor in History and concentration in Pre-law at Georgia State University. After graduation she plans to apply to law school with the hopes of later pursuing a career in politics, particularly political campaign management. She enjoys reading, traveling, and learning about different cultures.

Xan-Rhea Bilal

Xan-Rhea Bilal Xan-Rhea is a 4+1 student at Georgia State University. She will be completing a Bachelors in Political Science and International Affairs and continuing a Masters also in Political Science in the Spring of 2018. Prior to joining the World Affairs Council, Xan-Rhea has participated in outreach programs throughout her community and the Model United Nations Program at Georgia State University. She hopes to learn more about international relations and sustainable development while at the Council.

Lily Exford

Lily ExfordLily Exford is a sophomore at Agnes Scott College pursing her undergraduate studies in International Relations and Economics with Arabic as her language specialization. Lily is especially interested in the economic development of Middle East and Northern/Eastern Africa countries. This upcoming spring, Lily will study abroad in Ifrane, Morocco and will continue her international studies in the United Arab Emirates at the American University of Sharjah in fall 2018. Lily’s professional aspirations are to work within the US Embassy or abroad for an international company or organization.

Chase Stell

Chase StellChase is a first-year master’s student in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2015 with degrees in political science and international affairs. Before beginning his MPA program at Georgia State, he spent six months in Chile teaching English. He intends to work for an international nonprofit organization after finishing his master’s degree.

Skyler Stirling

Skyler StirlingSkyler Stirling is a fourth year International Studies major at Oglethorpe University, and upon graduating in May of 2018, he hopes to pursue a Master’s in International Environmental Studies. He plans to use his liberal arts and interdisciplinary background to pursue a career in international environmental and immigrant law, with a specific focus on the environmental, energy, and climatic drivers of conflict, population displacement, and economic disparity. More importantly he really likes dogs.

Angélica Trapp

angelica_trappAngelica is an international student from Brazil, pursuing her undergraduate studies in Business Management. She decided to study in the United States after finishing a cultural exchange program in Atlanta. Angelica is interested in humanitarian work, learning about new cultures, and travel.