Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Education, Model Diplomacy, Spring 2019

    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 volunteer intern will have the opportunity to conduct research on current foreign policy topics while helping to create a new series of educational materials. By actively participating in this project, this volunteer intern will gain a deeper understanding of several current foreign policy topics, their related debates, and a range of credible sources for accurate information. The intern will also participate in learning how to creatively educate a diverse audience on these particular topics.


    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 the development of new Model Diplomacy content, including by identifying and researching fundamental foreign policy topics such as UN Security Council, the history of U.S. foreign, global health issues, and other topics
    • Contributing to other tasks surrounding additions and changes to Model Diplomacy, such as timelines, recommended readings, and videos across diverse topics
    • As needed, assisting with other tasks surrounding additions and changes to other Education department projects
    • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits


    • Undergraduate student, majoring in international relations, history, political science, or a related field
    • Relevant research experience, as well as an interest in teaching, Model UN, simulations, and/or education a plus
    • Experience with basic quantitative and qualitative data
    • Strong attention to detail and resourcefulness
    • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite, familiarity with Drupal and online data visualization tools 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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