Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, International Institutions and Global Governance, 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 volunteer intern will have the opportunity to conduct research on current foreign policy topics, synthesize large amounts of information, and summarize complex arguments concisely. The intern will also develop an understanding  of multistage publication production and launch process, learn to work professionally and sensitively with professionals from many different countries, and increase their understanding of international organizations, current issues and debates on global governance. 


    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):

    • Ongoing assistance for various research projects related to IIGG publications
    • Assist in activities related to the Council of Councils (CoC) initiative, including the CoC Report Card on International Cooperation
    • Compile weekly briefs on developments of the ten issue areas covered by the CoC report card
    • Opportunity to assist with wider IIGG activities, including assistance with research for related blog posts and articles as necessary
    • Assist with IIGG social media outreach and webpage management
    • Editing, updating, and proofreading IIGG publications
    • Assisting with IIGG event planning and staffing


    • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in international relations, political science, history, international law, global governance, human rights, public health, or policy
    • Prior coursework or relevant experience in issues related to international institutions and global governance
    • Previous research, editing, or relevant internship experience
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Word, Excel, and Office

    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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