Council on Foreign Relations

Volunteer Internship, China Studies, Summer 2018

David Rockefeller Studies Program


CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning. 


By actively participating in this project, this volunteer intern will gain a deeper understanding of Asian regional security dynamics, China’s increased influence in international politics, and possible areas of competition between the United States and China. The intern will also have the opportunity to attend events, network, and gain exposure to experts in the field.


CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis. This internship will require a 14 hour, two day per week commitment (either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday schedule).

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting with research assignments, with a focus on the Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and U.S. strategy in Asia
  • Supporting Senior Fellow in research on political debates on various issues such as security and economics
  • Helping with preparations for China studies roundtables and meetings, and taking notes as needed


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in International Relations or China Studies
  • Demonstrated background and interest in China
  • Strong research abilities
  • Excellent attention to detail & follow-through
  • Policy or research oriented work experience is preferred
  • Ability to conduct research in Chinese is preferred, but not required

About CFR

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,


The Council on Foreign Relations is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Quality, diversity, and balance are the key objectives sought by the Council on Foreign Relations in the composition of its workforce.


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