Council on Foreign Relations

Internship, Korea Studies, Spring 2020

David Rockefeller Studies Program


All who are selected to participate in CFR’s Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program receive training in the field of foreign policy and international affairs as well as skills training in writing, research, program planning, and much more.


The intern will conduct in-depth primary and secondary source research in English and Korean and gain experience using a broad range of sources and databases. The intern will cultivate a nuanced understanding of Korean politics and gain professional skills as they interact with various guests, including experts. The intern will also have the opportunity to contribute to CFR’s Asia Unbound blog. 


CFR internships are paid, require a 14 - 18 hour commitment, and are filled on a rolling basis.

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Conduct research as requested by the research associate and/or fellow on a variety of topics
  • Produce a monthly Korea Update newsletter draft 
  • Assist with writing and editing content, including research memos and briefs, blog posts, book chapters, and other publications, as needed
  • Perform data collection and analysis on relevant topics
  • Assist in logistical support for meetings, including but not limited to preparing distribution materials, helping with guest check-in, and guiding visitors during roundtables and other departmental events, under the supervisor’s direct supervision
  • Track daily news reports relevant for the department
  • Perform translation of news, articles, and research materials from Korean to English and from English to Korean, as needed


  • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in a related field with high academic achievement 
  • Demonstrated academic work (specifically research papers) on Korea 
  • Strong research abilities and research experience in a professional, internship, or academic setting is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow through 
  • Willingness to learn  
  • Strong organizational skills 
  • Full-professional proficiency (fluency) in Korean is 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,


CFR’s Internship Program is made possible through the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Robina Foundation, CFR members, and the family and friends of Franklin Williams.


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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