Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Washington Meetings, Spring 2019

    Washington Meetings
  • 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.


    In the nation’s capital, the Council’s Washington Meetings Program provides a nonpartisan forum for informed foreign policy debate by bringing CFR members together with policymakers, world leaders, academic experts, and prominent thinkers to discuss a wide range of international issues. The Meetings intern provides valuable support for the department in all aspects of meeting programming.


    The intern will develop professional skills while working in a dynamic team-oriented environment.  He or she will gain experience assisting in the coordination of events, improve familiarity with a wide range of foreign policy topics and experts, and have the opportunity to observe high-level dialogue on contemporary foreign policy issues.


    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):

    • Assisting with all facets of meeting organization, including drafting invitation and confirmation letters, compiling biographies, and making follow-up calls to member participants
    • Providing Washington Meetings staff with support during event preparation
    • Staffing events: registering guests, ushering, and handling microphones
    • Under the direction of Washington Meetings staff, conducting research on current topics in U.S. foreign policy to help shape upcoming programs
    • Assisting with document editing, compiling statistics, and database entry


    • Undergraduate (or graduate) student majoring in International Affairs, Political Science, or related field
    • Relevant work or internship experience in organizing events and VIP relations preferred
    • Extremely detail-oriented, high level of professionalism
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
    • Excellent communication and Microsoft Office skills

    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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