Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Director of Studies, Spring 2019

    David Rockefeller Studies Program: Director of Studies Office
  • Overview

    CFR’s volunteer internships give selected 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 gain exposure to policy research and think tanks, and develop research and writing skills in a professional context. 


    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):

    • Researching issues related to current U.S. foreign policy and foreign policy history and tracking related subjects in the news
    • Assisting with the preparation of written materials, including drafting, editing, and proofreading articles, reports, and blog posts on a wide range of international affairs issues and historical topics
    • Assisting with the coordination of roundtables and meetings, including supporting research efforts for podcasts, Facebook live sessions, and roundtable series


    • Undergraduate student with concentration in International Relations, Political Science, History, or related field
    • Strong research and writing skills
    • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading ability
    • Previous work experience in an office environment preferred
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; knowledge of social media platforms preferred, but not required

    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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