Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Middle Eastern Studies, Spring 2019

  • 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 have the opportunity to conduct research on current foreign policy topics, improve their research and editing skills in a team-based environment. The volunteer intern will broaden their knowledge on contemporary Middle Eastern issues as well as U.S. foreign policy, and learn about the functions of a think tank and the relationship between policy experts and policy makers. The internship is meant to bolster the intern's confidence in their own research and in their understanding of Middle Eastern politics by emphasizing critical thinking as well as accurate, timely produced, well-written work. 


    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):

    • Conducting research and analysis for the fellow's book project, articles, and reports
    • Providing briefs for the fellow on critical issues or events
    • Editing for articles and blog posts
    • Aiding with the logistical aspects of events


    • Undergraduate or graduate student, majoring in Middle East Studies, International Relations, Politicial Science, or a related major
    • Relevant research experience or internships a plus
    • Strong research, writing, and editing skills; experience in the region a plus.
    • Stong computer skills with word and excel
    • Professional proficiency in Arabic or Turkish desired, but not required

    CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

    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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