Program Associate

Your most meaningful learning has involved deep exploration and thought on America’s role in the world. You’re excited to connect with others and revive a long overdue conversation about key issues in the foreign policy debate centered on a more careful, realistic global approach. If this sounds like you, keep reading. The John Quincy Adams Society (JQAS) is a national network of professionals, professors, and campus chapters focused on U.S. foreign policy, with a centering vision of strategic restraint – an America that “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy,” in John Quincy Adams’ words.

Our campus chapters aim to help the next generation of national security leaders advance both intellectually and professionally while promoting a broader and more strategic conversation about America’s approach to international affairs. They stimulate meaningful discussions of foreign policy principles and practice through documentary screenings, tailor-made learning modules, and guest speakers like John Mearsheimer, Walter McDougall, and Andrew Bacevich. They build a community that becomes a launchpad for their careers.

We are looking for a self-driven candidate with a passion for the critical field of foreign policy to invigorate existing JQAS student chapters through strategic relationship building, identify and recruit new chapter leaders and faculty partners, and shepherd the success of chapters as a leading venue for foreign policy on their campuses. This is a perfect opportunity for former student leaders with a deep interest in foreign policy to build valuable professional skills and make connections that will propel them into a meaningful career.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Engage current JQA student chapter leaders in educational content to deepen their knowledge of relevant U.S. foreign policy issues
  • Identify new chapter leaders and faculty partners and cultivate meaningful relationships with them
  • Hold chapter leaders accountable for chapter commitments and partner closely with them to ensure success and overcome challenges, especially around events, meetings, and recruiting
  • Mentor chapter leaders as they prepare for impactful foreign policy careers; serve as an exemplar of professionalism for them
  • Attend foreign policy events in the DC area to assist in the identification of potential speakers and educational partners

Required knowledge and skills you bring to the team:

  • 0-2 years’ experience in a professional office environment; internships are acceptable relevant experience
  • Demonstrated experience and success with a student organization in a leadership role
  • Skill at keeping multiple tasks moving forward, prioritizing among competing goals
  • Commitment to the idea that America’s foreign policy should be rooted in a strategy of realism and restraint, going to war only when truly vital national interests are at stake
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build rapport quickly
  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, History, or related field of study
  • Demonstrated interest in a career in foreign policy
  • Ability to engage effectively with people in all parts of the political spectrum
  • Must be able to travel up to 25%

Standout applicants may also bring:

  • Experience as a member or leader of a JQA student chapter
  • Past attendance at a JQA Society leadership conference or other leadership training
  • Knowledge of foreign-policy-relevant educational and career paths


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