Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Africa Studies, Spring 2019

    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 Council has a volunteer internship available in the studies department. The volunteer intern will report to a senior fellow who specializes in Africa policy studies and will help to organize and run the daily activities of the office and participate in research as needed. The volunteer intern will gain knowledge on sub-Saharan Africa politics, economics, governance, and security as well as foreign policy and diplomacy.


    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):

    • Assisting with research, writing, copy editing, and fact-checking for op-ed pieces, blogs, and articles on Sub-Saharan Africa and a book on Nigeria
    • Assisting in administering online tools, such as blogs and the Nigeria Security Tracker
    • Participating in daily meetings with the senior fellow to discuss Africa and Africa program issues
    • Provide administrative support to the the Africa department, including organizing roundtables, and assisting the senior fellow with scheduling and media requests
    • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits


    • Undergraduate or graduate student (Master’s preferred) with an educational concentration in Africa, Conflict Resolution, Development, Political Science or a related field
    • Proven interest and understanding of African policy issues
    • Strong research, writing, and copy editing skills
    • French, Arabic, or Portuguese language skills a plus, but not required
    • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading ability
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, database research skills
    • Familiarity with blogging, social media, and crisis mapping or GIS 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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