Council on Foreign Relations

Internship, International Economics, History, Spring 2022

David Rockefeller Studies Program
New York


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 work with a research associate in the studies department, assisting a senior fellow with research, editing, and administrative tasks. The intern will gain firsthand experience with the tools scholars use to analyze economic policy and historical questions.


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


Spring 2022 internships will begin on a remote basis with a possibility of limited onsite work. However, it will be possible to participate in the program on a fully-remote basis as well.

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

  • Conducting research and identifying promising materials, reading, and preparing summaries for the fellow’s book project on Henry A. Wallace
  • Tracking and organizing research materials, carrying out fact-checking and other tasks related to project
  • Assisting in logistical support for meetings, including but not limited to preparing distribution materials
  • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with background in political science, political philosophy, history, economics, or related field
  • Students should have completed the equivalent of four semesters of college coursework (not including AP classes in high school) by the time they begin an internship
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills, as well as experience working with qualitative analysis
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, experience working with databases such as JSTOR, Google Scholar, LexisNexis, and/or Bloomberg
  • Ability to work independently, high attention to detail and organization, and high academic standing

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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