Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Library and Research Services, Spring 2019

    New York
  • 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 on Foreign Relations has a volunteer internship available in the Library and Research Services Department. The library is undertaking two large digitization projects of archival photos and videos. The volunteer intern will work together with the library staff to conduct quality control for the Digital Asset Management system and combine resources into metadata files.


    This internship will provide the opportunity to learn about digital asset management and metadata creation, as well as to participate in departmental meetings, shadow supervisors and other team members, and attend project meetings. The intern will gain hands-on experience working on a digitization project that features engaging foreign policy content, receive professional development training offered to all CFR interns, and have the option to attend professional networking events with CFR librarians


    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):

    • Supporting the library team while learning about the digitization of CFR’s archive of photos, and videos
    • Observe the quality control process for digital files, and assist with migration into the CFR’s Digital Asset Management (DAM) system
    • Work collaboratively with Library & Research services staff to connect resources to metadata files in the DAM
    • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits


    • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in library and information science, or other related field
    • Previous experience in a library, archive, or museum
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, experience working with a digital asset management system 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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