Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Intern, External Affairs, Fall 2018

    Washington External Affairs
  • 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 Washington External Affairs team is comprised of the Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy program and CFR's diplomatic and executive branch initiatives. The Congress program engages members of Congress and their staffs on both sides of the aisle with a weekly roundtable policy discussion series, monthly briefings for Senate chiefs of staff, breakfast meetings for members of Congress, and other on-demand briefings. The program is responsible for distribution of CFR publications and other relevant materials to Capitol Hill. The diplomatic and executive branch initiatives provide U.S. policymakers and foreign officials access to CFR publications, reports, and invitations to select on-the-record CFR meetings. External Affairs also produces regular eNewsletters tailored specifically for the executive branch, Congress, and diplomatic community.


    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):

    • Assist External Affairs in outreach efforts to Congress and the Executive Branch
    • Help manage an extensive database
    • Distribute publications, both electronically and by hand delivery when necessary
    • Provide logistical support for External Affairs events by attending and staffing meetings
    • Research as needed


    • Must be available three days a week including Monday and Friday
    • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in International Relations, Comparative Politics, World Politics, National Sercurity Studies, American Government, or Public Policy 
    • Congressional experience is required
    • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel, database management
    • Ability to multi-task and work well on a team

    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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