Council on Foreign Relations

Internship, Asia Studies, 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 scholars of the Council’s Asia Studies program focus on the broad challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region today—China’s rise, regional political and security trends, economic development and technological innovation—and the options available for United States policymakers as they confront these challenges. This particular internship will be an essential part of the team to support the fellow's book and op-ed research, and managing the new website. The intern will gain insights into the latest developments and debates on China policy. 


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):

  • provide research and editorial support for fellow's book project, blog posts, and other projects focused on Chinese domestic and foreign policy 
  • Facilitate the design and management of fellow's new webpage on intellectual debates in China
  • 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


  • Undergraduate or graduate student focusing on international relations, history, political science, or Asia Studies
  • 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
  • Demonstrated interest in China and international relations required
  • Previous experience in research, proofreading, and editing
  • Mandarin proficiency
  • Website design and management skills preferred

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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