Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Center for Preventive Action, 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 intern will have the opportunity to conduct foreign policy research relating to CPA projects, as well as attend roundtable discussions hosted by CPA/CFR and other institutions to learn more about various conflict-related topics. In support of CPA’s mission, the intern will develop writing/editing, event, communication, and administrative skills.


    The Center for Preventive Action’s mission is to help prevent, defuse, or resolve deadly conflicts around the world and to expand the body of knowledge on conflict prevention. Information about CPA can be found at:


    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):

    • Conduct research for CPA projects on conflict-related themes, including publications and roundtables
    • Stay up to date on the news in order to update CPA’s Global Conflict Tracker interactive
    • Assist with CPA’s social media networks and help market CPA publications
    • Support general CPA activities (helping with roundtable meeting logistics, research, and editing related to publications, etc.)
    • Attend and take notes at various foreign policy discussions at CFR and around town; produce memos summarizing key points of discussions
    • Write blog posts for on conflict-related topics


    • Undergraduate or graduate student (or recent graduate) with background in Political Science, International Relations, International Security, Peace and Conflict Studies, or related field
    • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills on subjects related to CPA research area
    • Strong Microsoft Office skills (excel and word), Adobe, internet research, and social media familiarity
    • Ability to work independently and consistently produce high-quality work

    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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