Council on Foreign Relations

Volunteer Internship, U.S. Foreign Policy, 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.


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):

  • Researching issues related to current U.S. foreign policy, including U.S.-Russia relations, U.S. interests in the Middle East, U.S.-China relations, and geo-economics, contributing directly to the substance of study group meetings, as well as publications of the fellow
  • Assisting with the preparations for fellow’s roundtables and meetings, and other logistical duties as needed


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with concentration in international relations or related field
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Mandarin, Arabic, Hebrew, or Russian language proficiency 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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