Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, New York Meetings, Spring 2019

    Meetings and Membership
    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 Meetings Program seeks to achieve a mix of speakers and issues that respond to the interests of a diverse Council membership and constantly adjusts to the new issues shaping American foreign policy. The Meetings intern provides valuable support for the department in all aspects of meeting organization.


    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):

    • Conducting research on potential U.S. Foreign Policy topics for discussion, as well as possible moderators and speakers
    • Supporting staff in all facets of event preparation and staging, and helping during events in the early morning (7:45-9:00am), afternoon (12:30-2:00pm), evening (5:30-7:00pm), and at dinners (7:00-8:30pm)
    • Assisting with correspondence with speakers and confirmation calls to member participants, and drafting invitations to high- level event attendees.


    • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in international affairs, political science, or related field 
    • Previous office experience necessary
    • Extremely detail-oriented, with excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills
    • Ability to work in a pressured environment
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; strong writing, editing, and database skills

    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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