How To Apply

Thank you for your interest in pursuing employment at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Below is information regarding the application process for current openings or for the internship program.

How should I send my application for open positions?
There are three options for submitting your application for open positions in either the New York or Washington, DC, office:

  1. By Email: humanresources@cfr.org (Preferred method)
  2. By Fax: +1-212-434-9893
  3. By Mail: Council on Foreign Relations
    Human Resources Department
    58 East 68th Street
    New York, NY 10065

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What should I submit when I apply?
Your application should consist of:

  1. Cover letter: The cover letter should specifically mention the position for which you are applying and be addressed to the "Human Resources Department."
  2. Resume.
  3. Other materials, such as professional references, transcripts, and writing sample(s), may be requested by a Human Resources associate at some point in the hiring process. However, it is not required to send these materials as part of your application unless the position announcement specifically requests them.

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How can I confirm that my application was received?
You will receive confirmation by an automated reply if you have submitted your application via email. If you do not receive an automated reply, resubmit your cover letter and resume via email, or use another method to submit your resume.

CFR’s email server has strict firewalls. Therefore, we recommend that you send any attachments in Microsoft Word format (.doc). Any file with more than one period in the document name will not transmit through the server. If you are sending a .zip file, please delete the ".zip" when emailing the file and instruct us to detach and save the document as a .zip.

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Can I send one application for multiple positions?
No. Please submit a separate cover letter and resume for each position you are interested in being considered for.

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How will I know if a position has been filled?
The Career Opportunities section of the website has current lists of available staff positions and internships that are updated regularly. When a position is filled, it is taken off the website.

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What type of qualifications do you look for?
We generally focus on three areas of qualifications for our openings:

  1. previous work and/or internship experience;
  2. educational background, including academic achievement; and
  3. specific job-related skills, as indicated.

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When are your internships offered?
Internships are offered for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.

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What is the deadline for applying for an internship?
There is no deadline for applying, but we do encourage students to apply early, since the process is competitive and positions are filled quickly.

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Are the internships paid?
All CFR volunteer internships are unpaid.

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