Council on Foreign Relations

Volunteer Internship, Education, World 101, Summer 2018

New York


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.


The volunteer intern will have the opportunity to conduct research on current foreign policy topics while helping to create a new series of educational materials. By actively participating in this project, this volunteer intern will gain a deeper understanding of several current foreign policy topics, their related debates, and a range of credible sources for accurate information. The intern will also participate in learning how to creatively educate a diverse audience on these particular topics.  


CFR volunteer internships are unpaid, require a 16- 21 hour commitment, and are filled on a rolling basis. 

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

  • Assisting with the development of education modules, including by identifying and researching fundamental foreign policy topics such as climate change, cybersecurity, and migration
  • Contributing to drafting, editing, and analysis of materials for the module project, and assist the digital visualization of these concepts
  • As needed, assisting with other tasks surrounding additions and changes to other Education department projects
  • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits


  • Undergraduate student, majoring in international relations, history, political science, or a related field
  • Relevant research experience, as well as familiarity with international relations and current events
  • Experience with basic quantitative and qualitative data
  • Stong attention to detail and resourcefulness
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite, familiarity with Drupal and online data visualization tools a plus
  • Foreign language experience appreciated, 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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