Council on Foreign Relations

Internship, Latin America Studies and U.S. Foreign Policy, Spring 2022

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 support the Latin America, U.S. Foreign Policy, and European Studies programs. They will develop competencies in research, synthesis, writing, editing, and proofreading. They will enhance skills in research of topics including security, politics, social movements, and the environment in Latin America, European, and U.S. grand strategy.


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):

  • Conduct research as requested by the research associate and/or fellow on a variety of topics including security, politics, social movements, and the environment in Latin America, Europe, and U.S. grand strategy more broadly
  • Assist with writing and editing content, including research memos and briefs, blog posts, book chapters, and other publications, as needed
  • Track daily news reports that are relevant for the department, including scanning Latin America news and providing synopses


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in international relations, political science, history, languages, area studies, or a related field
  • All applicants 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
  • Prior think tank and/or NGO experience preferred, but not required
  • Professional fluency in Spanish required; knowledge of Portuguese preferred, but not required
  • Previous research, proofreading, and editing experience 

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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