Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Publications, Spring 2019

    David Rockefeller Studies Program
    New York
  • Overview

    CFR’s volunteer internships give selected 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 Publications Department is involved in the editing, production, and marketing of CFR Books, Task Force reports, Council Special Reports, the Annual Report, and papers on a wide range of issues. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in a publishing career.


    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 Publications department with all stages of CFR publications processes
    • Editing and proofreading projects
    • Providing maintenance and supporting the editorial oversight of CFR webpages and partner websites
    • Assisting with other tasks as needed, including annual report preparation
    • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits


    • Undergraduate student focusing on international relations, journalism, English, literature, or related field
    • Strong interest in publishing, and background in editing, writing, and research
    • Experience working with a school newspaper/journal or in an office setting preferred
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Chicago style, and conducting internet research
    • Strong attention to detail and personal initiative
    • Ability to work under pressure, both independently and as a member of 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.


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