Council on Foreign Relations

Internship, Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy, Summer 2020

Washington External Affairs


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 Washington External Affairs team is comprised of the Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy program and CFR's diplomatic and executive branch initiatives. The Congress program engages members of Congress and their staffs on both sides of the aisle with a weekly roundtable policy discussion series, monthly briefings for Senate chiefs of staff, breakfast meetings for members of Congress, and other on-demand briefings. The program is responsible for distribution of CFR publications and other relevant materials to Capitol Hill.


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):

  • Assist External Affairs with the day-to-day administrative duties, including logging registrations for meetings, creating and maintaining lists of congressional contacts, targeting constituencies for the distribution of CFR materials, and managing the extensive CFR database.
  • Help manage the Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy program's correspondence as well as drafting invitations and other materials for meetings.
  • Provide logistical support and execution of weekly meetings on Capitol Hill with congressional senior staff as well as occasion breakfast meetings with members of Congress.
  • Perform research, as needed.


  • Undergraduate or graduate student (preferred) with a concentration in International Relations, Public Policy, American Government, or Political Science
  • Must be available three days a week including Monday and Friday
  • Congressional internship or experience is required
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and database management
  • Ability to multi-task and work well on a team

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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