Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Internship, Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, Spring 2019

  • 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, improve their research, writing, editing and critical thinking skills. The volunteer intern will assist in all research and logistical task including both short and long-term research projects. 


    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 and analysis for the senior fellow's book project, articles, and reports
    • Aiding the research associate with a series of study group sessions scheduled for the spring
    • Supporting the logistical aspects of events


    • Undergraduate or graduate student, majoring in International Relations, Middle East Studies, Politicial Science, or a related major
    • Relevant research experience or internships a plus
    • Stong computer skills with word and excel
    • Professional proficiency in Arabic desired, 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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