Council on Foreign Relations

Internship, Human Resources, Spring 2022

Human Resources and Administration
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 have the opportunity to work in the Human Resources department alongside a team of professionals that specialize in Benefits and Compensation. The intern will also gain exposure to the essential Human Resources functions within the organization.


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):

  • Assisting with onboarding new staff and interns and following up on questions relating to tax forms, direct deposit, I-9 forms, and completion of other new hire paperwork
  • Maintaining checklists, organizing, digitizing, and auditing employee files
  • Updating and inputting data using Human Resources databases
  • Conceptualizing, researching, and executing creative ideas for Health and Wellness programming as well as assisting with coordination of the virtual spring Health Fair
  • Scheduling meetings, monitoring Health and Wellness inbox, and maintaining tracking spreadsheets


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with coursework or background in Organizational Development, Human Resource Management, Human Capital Management, Business, Psychology, or related fields
  • 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 office experience is a plus
  • Strong writing, attention to detail, ability to multitask, and interpersonal skills 
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite

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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