Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, External Affairs, Spring 2019

    Washington External Affairs
  • 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.


    This internship will serve as an excellent opportunity for all those interested in developing professional skills related to international affairs, congressional relations, and work on Capitol Hill. In addition to the invaluable administrative experience, the candidate will also have opportunities to learn about the operations of Congress and the best practices by which an organization interacts with members of Congress and their staff. They will learn about management of extensive databases, event planning and execution, and professional research and writing as it relates to the policymaking community. Additionally, the intern will have ample opportunity for networking with congressional staff and attending high-level meetings on Capitol Hill with CFR members and members of Congress.


    The Washington External Affairs team is comprised of the Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy program and CFR's diplomatic and executive branch initiatives. The Congress program engages members of Congress and their staffs on both sides of the aisle with a weekly roundtable policy discussion series, monthly briefings for Senate chiefs of staff, breakfast meetings for members of Congress, and other on-demand briefings. The program is responsible for distribution of CFR publications and other relevant materials to Capitol Hill. 



    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):

    • Assist External Affairs with the day-to-day administrative duties, including logging registrations for meetings, creating and maintaining lists of congressional contacts, targeting constituencies for the distribution of CFR materials, and managing the extensive CFR database
    • Help manage the Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy program's correspondence as well as drafting invitations and other materials for meetings
    • Provide logistical support and execution of weekly meetings on Capitol Hill with congressional senior staff as well as occasion breakfast meetings with members of Congress
    • Research as needed


    • Must be available three days a week including Monday and Friday
    • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in International Relations, Public Policy, American Govrernment, or Political Science
    • Congressional internship or experience is required
    • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and database management
    • Ability to multi-task and work well on a team

    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.


    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed