Council on Foreign Relations

Internship, Development, Spring 2022

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 Development department primarily coordinates and writes grant reports to several dozen CFR donors. The team is searching for an intern to support the work of the team through writing, reviewing, and proofreading several reports and track relevant information. The intern will also assist in donor prospecting efforts through various research projects.


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):

  • Drafting, reviewing, and finalizing grant reports to several major donors
  • Assist with foundation and individual donor prospect research as requests from various departments
  • Support the team with reviewing acknowledgments for Annual Fund gifts 
  • Assist with the writing and research to update existing proposals for various CFR projects


  • Undergraduate student with a concentration in international relations, political science, nonprofit management, business, 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
  • Previous experience in fundraising, alumni relations, nonprofit management, or foundation relations preferred
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel

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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