Council on Foreign Relations

Volunteer Internship, National Program and Outreach, Summer 2018

National Program and Outreach
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.


With more than one-third of its members based outside of New York and Washington, DC, the goal of the National Program and Outreach is to energize foreign policy discussions nationwide. The National Program supports and connects CFR members across the country. Outreach extends CFR resources to leaders in a cross-section of American life, including the academic community; religious leaders; state and local officials; and civic, nonprofit, and community leaders.


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):

  • Supporting preparation for fall conferences and workshops, including publications and inventory
  • Updating lists, assist with mailings, and research prospective conferences
  • Helping to restart the State and Local Initiative
  • Assisting with other administrative duties for Outreach Initiatives
  • Attending general CFR meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits


  • Undergraduate student majoring in international affairs, political science, education, or a related field
  • Previous experience with Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel; database experience a plus
  • General editing skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills and research skills

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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