Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Global Business, Programming, 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 Corporate Program, the Council’s primary point of contact with the private sector, enlists the business community’s participation in and support of the Council’s activities. Corporate members include over 200 U.S. and non-U.S. firms representing a wide range of business sectors, including financial services, law, manufacturing, consulting, technology, media, and others. Each year the program hosts over 70 events in New York and Washington, including a two-day conference.


    By providing support for the Corporate Program, the volunteer intern will gain exposure to leading global companies and economic and political issues affecting international business while building important business skills.


    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):

    • Providing research and help brainstorm global issues relevant to the business community and identifying potential speakers, topics relevant to the private sector, and meeting topics with the aim of integrating research into future programming
    • Assisting in all facets of event preparation and staffing, including making follow-up phone calls to invitees, staffing events, drafting invitations, preparing marketing materials, logistical packets, and talking points, etc.


    • Undergraduate student with a concentration in international relations, business administration, economics, or related field
    • Experience in a corporate environment preferred; prior administrative experience required 
    • Exceptional attention to detail
    • Excellent writing and communication skills
    • Strong computer skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office 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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