Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Intern, National Program and Outreach, Fall 2018

    National Program and Outreach
    New York
  • 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.


    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):

    • Support the Outreach department with research and the expansion of programs related to state and local officials, journalists, religious, and academic leaders
    • Research organizations and conferences of state and local journalism professionals and identify possible areas of collaboration
    • Assisting with other administrative duties for Outreach Initiatives
    • Attending general CFR meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits


    • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in political science, public policy, communications, economics, international relations, journalism, media studies, or a related field
    • Previous experience with research and data analysis; Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel, and database experience a plus
    • Demonstrated interest in domestic politics and journalism
    • 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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