Council on Foreign Relations

Volunteer Internship, European 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 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 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):

  • Ongoing assistance for research on American Isolationism supporting senior fellow’s book
  • Assisting with various research projects relating to fostering a U.S. strategy toward Europe in light of increased Russian aggression, “Brexit”, and other challenges
  • Editing, updating, and proofreading publications
  • Assisting with event planning and staffing


  • Undergraduate student majoring in international relations, European studies, U.S. history, or security studies
  • Prior coursework or relevant experience in issues related to U.S. history, Europe, Russia, NATO, or transatlantic relations
  • Previous research, writing, editing, event planning, social media, and other related internship experience preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Word, Excel, and Office

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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