Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Asia Studies, Spring 2019

    David Rockefeller Studies Program
    New York
  • 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 scholars of the Council’s Asia Studies program focus on the broad challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region today—China’s rise, regional political and security trends, economic development and technological innovation—and the options available for United States policymakers as they confront these challenges.


    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 short-term research related projects for the fellow’s speech-writing and book on China’s domestic and foreign policy
    • Translating fellow’s publications from English to Chinese, and Chinese resources into English
    • Assisting with gathering monthly material for Asia Studies newsletters and other social media
    • Support the launch of interactive digital projects related to Asia Studies


    • Undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration on Chinese or East Asian Studies, international relations, political science, or a related field
    • Fluent Mandarin (speaking, reading, writing)
    • Previous experience conducting research on Chinese websites, and translation experience
    • Microsoft Office and Internet research skills, interest in digital projects is 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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