Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Independent Task Force, Spring 2019

    Independent Task Force 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 Council on Foreign Relations sponsors two Independent Task Forces each year, which are overseen by the Independent Task Force Program. Chaired by distinguished public servants, Task Forces are convened to assess issues of current and critical importance to U.S. foreign policy and provide policymakers with concrete judgments and recommendations. Diverse in backgrounds and perspectives, Task Force members aim to reach a meaningful consensus on policy through private and nonpartisan deliberations. Upon its conclusion, the Task Force will release a full report of its findings and recommendations.


    The Task Force Program needs research assistance with one major Task Force that will be in full operation during the spring semester. The Task Force intern would gain research and editing experience, greater knowledge of top practitioners and stakeholders on Task Force subject areas, in addition to unparalleled exposure to high-level policymakers. The intern would also assist in preparations for the both the convening, release, and promotion of Task Force reports, one of the Council's most important and widely distributed products. 


    For more information about Task Forces, please visit the program’s webpage or see the complete list of Task Force reports.


    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 general research support for the Task Force Program
    • Coordinating Task Force event logistics, including preparing invitations, corresponding with attendees, and preparing background papers and materials for distribution
    • Compiling distribution lists for release of Task Force reports
    • Editing, proofreading, and fact-checking drafts of Task Force reports
    • Tracking Task Force activities for impact and record-keeping


    • Undergraduate students with a focus in International Relations, Political Science, or related field of study
    • Excellent research skills and prior internship experience a plus
    • Strong communication, writing, and editing skills
    • Excellent computer skills, especially knowledge of Microsoft Office
    • High level of professionalism and high attention to detail
    • Interest in science, technology, and innovation policy a plus

    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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