Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, International Economics and Global Governance, Summer 2018

    David Rockefeller Studies Program
  • Overview

    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 volunteer intern will have the opportunity to conduct research on current topics in foreign policy and international affairs.  By actively participating in this project, this volunteer intern will gain a deeper understanding of global governance, international economics, and emerging technologies. The intern will also gain exposure to the policymaking community.


    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 and providing editorial support for projects on illicit financial flows, international trade, and emerging technologies
    • Drafting materials for International Institutions and Global Governance program events
    • Assisting with event planning and staffing professional development events, studies roundtable, and CFR general meetings
    • Writing blog posts and/or op-eds on topics of interest


    • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in international relations, economics, political economy, political science, computer science, environmental science, public health, or a related discipline
    • Prior coursework or relevant experience in issues related to global governance, international economics, and/or emerging technologies; interdisciplinary background preferred
    • Previous research, writing, editing, or other related internship experience preferred
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Excel

    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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