Council on Foreign Relations

Internship, Middle East History and Geopolitics, Fall 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 Council has a internship available in the Studies Department. The intern will report to a fellow in the studies department and will assist the fellow with research, writing, and editing. The intern will gain firsthand experience in working in the think tank community, analyzing geopolitical trends in the Middle East, as well as gaining knowledge and understanding of the Middle East politics and U.S. foreign policy in the region.


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


CFR’s fall internship program gives interns the opportunity to choose whether to work in our office in a hybrid capacity (half in the office, and half remote), or on an offsite fully remote basis. 

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

  • Gathering materials from press reports, journals and magazine articles, and social media commentary on Iran for CPA report
  • Research on a historic aspect of U.S. policy in the Middle East for fellow's new book project
  • Assisting with monitoring developments in the Middle East and drafting memos on key issues
  • Attend general meetings as time permits


  • Undergraduate or graduate student focusing on Middle East studies, international relations, history 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 research experience and strong writing abilites
  • Proficiency in Hebrew and/or Arabic preferred but not required
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word and 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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