Council on Foreign Relations

Volunteer Internship, International Economics, History

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 Council has a volunteer internship available in the Studies Department.  The volunteer intern will report to a fellow in the studies department and will assist the fellow with research, editing and administrative tasks. The volunteer intern will gain firsthand experience with the tools scholars use to analyze economic policy questions.


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 and identifying promising materials, reading, and preparing summaries for the fellow’s book project on Henry A. Wallace
  • Tracking and organizing research materials, carrying out fact-checking and other tasks related to project
  • Occasionally write letters, assist with roundtables and events, and other ad-hoc tasks
  • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits


  • Undergraduate student with background in political science, political philosophy, history, economics, or related field
  • Excellent research, writing and editing skills , as well as experience working with qualitative analysis
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, experience working with databases such as JSTOR, Google Scholar, LexisNexis, and/or Bloomberg
  • Ability to work independently, high attention to detail and origination, and high academic standing

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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