Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, 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.


    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 have the opportunity to practice qualitative and quantitative research skills by tracking developments and researching issues pertaining to the Middle East and Europe.  


    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):

    • Conducting research and analysis for articles, reports, and preparation materials for the fellow’s speaking engagements
    • Providing semi-weekly briefings on developments in the Middle East and Europe
    • Editing for fellow’s articles and blog posts
    • Supporting preparations for roundtables and meetings


    • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Middle East Studies, International Relations, or a related major
    • Regional experience in the Middle East a plus, including professional experience abroad
    • Focus on Europe and/or Transatlantic issues preferred
    • Arabic language abilities a plus
    • Strong editing, research and writing skills
    • Strong computer skills with Microsoft Word, 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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