Council on Foreign Relations

Volunteer Internship, Geoeconomic 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.


Learn about the use of social media to disseminate information. The intern will gain knowledge of issues in international trade, immigration, economics policy and other themes under CFR’s Renewing America initiative.  


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):

  • Researching topics related to U.S. economic competitiveness, trade, immigration, and other themes under CFR’s Renewing America initiative
  • Assisting with the preparation of written materials, including drafting, editing, and proofreading memos and briefs
  • Assisting with the coordination of roundtables and meetings as needed, including supporting research efforts and note-taking for roundtable series


  • Undergraduate or recent graduate with a concentration in International Relations, Economics, or Political Science.  Must have completed coursework in economics
  • Previous relevant internship or research experience
  • Must be comfortable with researching and working with economic data, have a familiarity with domestic and international economic issues, and strong writing skills
  • Strong computer skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, and social media outlets
  • Bloomberg terminal skills a plus

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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