Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, U.S. Foreign Policy, 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 Council has a volunteer internship available in the Studies Department. The volunteer intern will report to a fellow in the studies department and will assist the fellow with research, editing, and administrative tasks. The volunteer intern will gain firsthand experience with the tools scholars use to analyze U.S. foreign policy and its implications.


    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):

    • Researching issues related to current U.S. foreign policy, including U.S.-Russia relations, U.S. interests in the Middle East, U.S.-China relations, and geo-economics, contributing directly to the substance of study group meetings, as well as publications of the fellow
    • Assisting with the preparations for fellow’s roundtables and meetings, and other logistical duties as needed


    • Undergraduate student with concentration in international relations or related field
    • Strong research and writing skills
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Strong Microsoft Office skills
    • Mandarin or Russian language proficiency preferred, but not required

    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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