Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Global Communications and Media Relations, Spring 2019

    Global Communications and Media Relations
  • 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 Global Communications and Media Relations department focuses on maximizing the presence of CFR in print, broadcast, and online media outlets and on promoting CFR’s roster of products, which includes on-the-record events, CFR books, Council Special Reports, Task Force reports, working papers, online publications and interactive features, and Foreign Affairs articles.  The department also works to ensure that CFR experts are visible in the news media.


    The DC media relations intern will gain experience working directly with members of the national and international media by helping the Communications team to field daily press inquiries - answering press calls to the Communications phone line and responding to interview requests in the Communications inbox. The intern will help staff high-level on-the-record Council events by helping to run press registration and camera attendance. The intern will learn how to identify quality reporters and outlets by using the VOCUS/CISION media database to help the Communications staff build targeted press outreach lists. The intern will have the opportunity to learn more about communications strategy by attending weekly Communications meetings and attending marketing meetings. The intern will also develop writing and editing skills by working with the Assistant Editor and other Communications team members on written products.


    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):

    • Running press registration at weekly on-the-record events
    • Using VOCUS/CISION media database to find contact information for reporters and build targeted press outreach lists
    • Copy-editing press releases, press notes, media guides, and other materials for the Communications team
    • Fielding daily press inquiries and helping to book expert interviews
    • Helping maintain and update press lists in CFR's database
    • Monitoring media mentions 


    • Undergraduate or graduate student (preferred) majoring in International Relations, regional studies, political science, journalism, public relations, communications or marketing. 
    • Previous internship experience in at media organizations, think thanks, non-profit organizations, NGO's or PR firms preferred
    • Proficiency in MS Office suite, as well as social media channels and research databases
    • Ability to multitask and work well collectively in a fast-paced environment
    • A demonstrated interest in media relations and public affairs, or foreign policy/international affairs and global issues 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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