Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Japan Studies, 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 develop high-level research skills in both Japanese and English as well as abilities to present the results of research. The volunteer intern will receive extensive feedback from the senior fellow and the supervisor, and gain professional skills as they interact with various guests including senior government officials, academics, journalists and business leaders.


    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 the senior fellow on Japan and Northeast Asia political debates on various issues such as security, economy, and energy
    • Provide support in preparation for Japan studies roundtables and meetings, and take notes as necessary


    • Undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in International Relations or Asia Studies
    • Demonstrated background and interest in Japan
    • Strong research abilities, policy, research oriented work experience is preferred
    • Strong Microsoft Office skills, general research skills in database both in English and Japanese
    • Ability to conduct research in Japanese is preferred

    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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