Volunteer Internships

The Council on Foreign Relations’ Internship Program offers outstanding volunteer opportunities for college students and graduate students focusing on international relations and who are pursuing a career in foreign policy or a related field.

Volunteer interns are recruited year-round on a semester basis to volunteer in both the New York and Washington, DC, offices, and all volunteer internships are filled on a rolling basis. An intern’s volunteer duties generally consist of program coordination, research, editing, and writing. The volunteer internships are unpaid.

Asia Studies Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

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.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting with short-term research related projects for the fellow’s speech-writing
  • Translating fellow’s publications from English to Chinese, and Chinese resources into English
  • Assisting with gathering monthly material for Asia Studies newsletters and other social media

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration on Chinese or East Asian Studies, international relations, political science, or a related field
  • Fluent Mandarin (speaking, reading, writing)
  • Previous experience conducting research on Chinese websites, and translation experience
  • Microsoft Office and Internet research skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through

CFR internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Center for Preventive Action Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Council has a volunteer 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 volunteer duties of the intern include (but are not limited to)

  • Conducting research as requested on topics related to the Center for Preventive Action (CPA) mission and fellow’s area of research, including conflict prevention, national security, military operations, and drones.
  • Provide research support for fellow’s upcoming book, focusing on debunking inflated threats related to armed conflict, terrorism, disease, national security, etc.
  • Help to manage CPA’s  Global Conflict Tracker and social media.
  • Assisting with general CPA activities, such as roundtable meeting preparations and publication editing.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with high academic achievement, focusing on international relations, public policy, history, or related field
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in national security, military operations, and/or intelligence a plus
  • Research, writing, and editing skills, with emphasis on conflict, military policy, and intelligence preferred
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Attention to detail and organization
  • Ability to work independently

CFR internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  The Council on Foreign Relations is an Equal Opportunity Employe and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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CFR Editorial Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: CFR Editorial

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Council’s outreach initiative aims to engage an interested and influential group of Americans from around the country and the world by providing ideas and timely, clear, and accurate information on key international issues. CFR.org, America’s foremost Internet resource for foreign policy and national security analysis, is one of the primary tools for doing so.

The volunteer duties of the intern include (but are not limited to)

  • Participating in the day-to-day operations of the Council’s online news and analysis website
  • Supporting production and editing of CFR Digital content
  • Photo, website content, and podcast producation reseach; editing photos and audio, and copyediting news stories and multimedia projects
  • Assist with transcribing interviews, and disseminations and outreach of CFR Digital content, including supporting metrics analysis

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate student focusing on journalism, communications, or international relations
  • Previous journalism, web, multimedia experience a plus
  • Excellent editing skills and  familiarity with Chicago Style
  • Proficiency in MS Office, HTML, CMS, and photo editing skills a plus.

CFR internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  The Council on Foreign Relations is an Equal Opportunity Employe and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

 

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning. This volunteer internship will provide a robust understanding of economic development as well as how to strengthen democracy and rule of law.

The Council has a volunteer internship available in the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy (CSMD) Initiative, a project of the David Rockefeller Studies Program.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include:

  • Following and preparing daily news round-ups on relevant issues and regions to CSMD, and drafting relevant tweets
  • Conducting research and write briefs and book summaries on global supply chains for fellow’s upcoming book
  • Assisting team in proposing topics, drafting, and editing weekly blog post
  • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with an educational concentration or demonstrated interest in democracy and human rights, corruption and rule of law, global supply chains and international trade, or economic growth in developing countries
  • Related academic and policy research and writing experience;  previous internship experience in the field preferred
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite and social media platforms

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Corporate Affairs - Programming Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: Corporate Affairs

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy, as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Corporate Program, the Council’s primary point of contact with the private sector, enlists the business community’s participation in and support of the Council’s activities.  Corporate members include over 200 U.S. and non-U.S. firms representing a wide range of business sectors, including financial services, law, manufacturing, consulting, technology, media, and others.  Each year the program hosts over 70 events in New York and Washington, including a two-day conference.

By providing support for the Corporate Program, the volunteer intern will gain exposure to leading global companies and economic and political issues affecting international business while building important business skills. 

The volunteer duties of the intern will include:

  • Providing research and help brainstorm global issues relevant to the business community and identifying potential speakers, and meeting topics with the aim of integrating research into future programming
  • Assisting in all facets of event preparation and staffing, including making follow-up phone calls to invitees, staffing events, drafting invitations, preparing marketing materials, logistical packets, and talking points, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate student with a concentration in international relations, business, or related field
  • Experience in a corporate environment preferred
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong computer skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office required

CFR internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis. 

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  The Council on Foreign Relations is an Equal Opportunity Employe and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Council has a volunteer internship available in the Studies Department.  The volunteer intern will report to the Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program and will help to organize and run the daily activities of the office and participate in research as needed. 

The volunteer duties of the interns will include (but are not limited to):

  • Supporting the editing and curation of content for the program website, including draft weekly in-review posts for the site
  • Supporting program research related to cybersecurity and developments in digital policy
  • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate student majoring in international relations, computer science, with background to network security, or a related field
  • Demonstrated nterest in network security, innovation, and technology a plus
  • Strong research experience
  • Excellent proofreading, editing skills, and attention to detail

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Education Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: Education

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The volunteer intern will have the opportunity to conduct research on current foreign policy topics while helping to create a new series of educational materials. By actively participating in this project, this volunteer intern will gain a deeper understanding of several current foreign policy topics, their related debates, and a range of credible sources for accurate information. The intern will also participate in learning how to creatively educate a diverse audience on these particular topics.  

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting with the development of education modules, including by identifying and researching fundamental foreign policy topics such as climate change, cybersecurity, and migration
  • Contributing to drafting, editing, and analysis of materials for the module project, and assist the digital visualization of these concepts
  • As needed, assisting with other tasks surrounding additions and changes to other Education department projects
  • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate student, majoring in international relations, history, political science, or a related field
  • Relevant research experience, as well as an interest in teaching, Model UN, simulations, and/or education a plus
  • Experience with basic quantitative and qualitative data
  • Stong attention to detail and resourcefulness
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite, familiarity with Drupal and online data visualization tools a plus

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Foreign Affairs - Editorial Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: Foreign Affairs - Editorial

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

Foreign Affairs magazine has a volunteer internship opening in the Editorial Department. The volunteer intern will have the unique opportunity to see the inner workings of a major magazine.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include (but are not limited to):

  • Supporting editors in search engine optimization and image research, social media, multimedia production, and content staging for foreignaffairs.com. 
  • Attending Council meetings as time permits

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate student with concentration in political science, international affairs, journalism, or related field
  • Demonstrated interest in journalism and online publishing; past relevant internship experience preferred
  • Strong writing, editing, and Internet skills
  • Some basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, html, and Microsoft Office Suite

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the Human Resources department at the above address.  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.

 

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Foreign Affairs - Events and Business Development Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: Foreign Affairs - Publishing

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

Foreign Affairs magazine has a volunteer internship opening in the Advertising Department.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting with the programming and execution of large-scale conferences focused on emerging markets
  • Researching and interacting with high-level leaders in business and government and with valued Foreign Affairs subscribers and New York business leaders
  • Supporting the business side of the production of the magazine and website, and the development of the video marketing strategy
  • Conducting research and preparing reports on top companies and non-profit institutions

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate student with concentration in international relations, public policy, regional studies, publishing, marketing, communications, business, or a related field
  • Previous relevent coursework, internship, or work experience  
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite necessary and experience working with Creative Suite preferred
  • Prior experience with proofreading, editing, and online research preferred
  • Attention to detail and editing skills
  • Spanish, Portuguese, or language mastery a plus

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Please email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter INCLUDING THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT AREA to the Human Resources Office at the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Foreign Affairs – Publishing Business Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: Foreign Affairs – Publishing Business

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Foreign Affairs Publishing Department has a strong focus on marketing the magazine to educators, students, foreign policy associations and other non-profit organizations.  Foreign Affairs produces academic resources such as Foreign Affairs Books and Custom Textbooks.  These titles are used by professors in International Relations, Foreign Policy, and International Political Economy from universities and colleges in the U.S. and Canada.  The internship offers an exciting opportunity to learn about marketing, outreach, and academic publishing at the preeminent journal of international affairs.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include (but are not limited to):

  • Researching marketing and sales opportunities for the magazine in higher education, including corresponding with educators who use Foreign Affairs in the classroom
  • Organizing special mailings of Foreign Affairs for publicity purposes
  • Assist with financial operations of the magazine
  • Researching web usability and marketing strategies
  • Assist in ongoing social media and digital marketing efforts for the brand
  • Develop and report on search engine marketing campaigns

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate student with educational concentration in business, marketing, political science, communications, media studies, journalism, or other related field
  • Strong interest in the business side of publishing a must. Previous publishing and/or media experience a plus
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Detail oriented and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong communication, writing,  and customer service skills

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Franklin Williams Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

Founded in 1921, CFR takes no institutional positions on matters of policy. CFR carries out its mission by maintaining a diverse membership, with special programs to promote interest and develop expertise in the next generation of foreign policy leaders; convening meetings at its headquarters in New York and in Washington, DC, and other cities where senior government officials, members of Congress, global leaders, and prominent thinkers come together with CFR members to discuss and debate major international issues; supporting a Studies Program that fosters independent research, enabling CFR scholars to produce articles, reports, and books and hold roundtables that analyze foreign policy issues and make concrete policy recommendations; publishing Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy; sponsoring Independent Task Forces that produce reports with both findings and policy prescriptions on the most important foreign policy topics; and providing up-to-date information and analysis about world events and American foreign policy on its website, CFR.org.

CFR is host to the widest possible range of views, and is committed to encouraging foreign policy debate that reflects diverse interests and perspectives. To help meet that objective, CFR consistently works to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the staff and membership. As part of that effort, CFR has established the Franklin Williams Internship. 

Overview of the Franklin Williams Internship

The Franklin Williams Internship, named after the late Ambassador Franklin H. Williams, has been established for undergraduate and graduate students who have a serious interest in international relations. The internship is designed to develop the intern’s knowledge and leadership abilities as a foundation for future work in the foreign policy arena. 

Ambassador Williams had a long career of public service, including serving as the former American Ambassador to Ghana, as well as the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lincoln University, one of the country’s historical black colleges. He was also a Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he made special efforts to encourage the nomination of African Americans to membership.

CFR will select individuals each term (fall, spring, and summer). The intern will be involved with program coordination, substantive and/or business writing, research, and budget management. In addition, the intern will be encouraged to attend the Council’s extensive meetings programs and participate in informal internship training programs.

The selected intern will be required to make a part-time commitment of 16 - 21 hours per week and will be paid at an hourly rate. 

Eligibility

Applications are accepted year-round, and there are no deadlines. Candidates should be currently enrolled in either an undergraduate program or in a graduate program in the area of international relations or a related field. They should have a record of high academic achievement, proven leadership ability, and previous related internship or work experience. Interested candidates should watch the website for the Franklin Williams internship postings. Once the internships have been filled, the postings will be removed from the website.  Diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply to CFR, please send a resume and cover letter to the above address or e-mail humanresources@cfr.org. CFR is an equal opportunity employer. Quality, diversity and balance are the key objectives sought in the composition of its workforce.

 Follow CFR's Human Resources department on Twitter at @CFR_HR for updates on internship opportunities.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Geoeconomics Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Council has a volunteer internship available in the Studies Department.  The volunteer intern will report to a fellow in the studies department and will assist the fellow with research, editing, and administrative tasks. The volunteer intern will gain firsthand experience with the tools scholars use to analyze economic policy questions.

The volunteer duties of the intern include (but are not limited to)

  • Locating, managing, and manipulating economic datasets
  • Assisting in preparing and formatting graphics for blog posts, presentations, and policy briefs
  • Fact-checking and proofreading publication drafts
  • Other research and logistical support as needed
  • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate student with background in economics, politics and/or international finance
  • Demonstrated research, writing, and editing ability
  • Ability to analyze economic data a plus
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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 4,900+ 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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  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.

 

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Global Business Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: Corporate Affairs

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Corporate Program, the Council’s primary point of contact with the private sector, enlists the business community’s participation in and support of the Council’s activities.  Corporate members include nearly 200 U.S. and non-U.S. firms representing a wide range of business sectors, including financial services, law, manufacturing, consulting, technology, media, and others.  Each year the program hosts over 70 events in New York and Washington.  CFR’s volunteer internships give selected interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

By providing support for the Corporate Program, the volunteer intern will gain exposure to leading global companies and economic and political issues affecting international business while building important business skills. 

The volunteer duties of the intern will include (but are not limited to):

  • Preparing for member outreach and correspondence by drafting background briefs, monitoring company news and announcements, and researching companies
  • Participating in the administration of conferences and meetings, including making follow-up phone calls to invitees and staffing events

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate student with a concentration in international relations, political science, finance, business administration or related field
  • Past internships experience in the private sector preferred
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Superior telephone etiquette and attention to detail

CFR internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis. 

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  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.

 

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Global Communications and Media Relations Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: Global Communications and Media Relations

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Global Communications and Media Relations department focuses on maximizing the presence of CFR in print, broadcast, and online media outlets and on promoting CFR’s roster of products, which includes on-the-record events, CFR books, Council Special Reports, Task Force reports, working papers, online publications and interactive features, and Foreign Affairs articles.  The department also works to ensure that CFR experts are visible in the news media.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include (but are not limited to):

  • Help to draft press releases and media advisories
  • Fielding public inquiries about CFR and media requests for experts
  • Tracking and recording media mentions of CFR publications
  • Assisting staff and press at on-the-record events and other projects as needed
  • Conducting research on relevant journalists

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in communications, journalism, or international relations
  • Previous customer service experience a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and media monitoring services preferred
  • Ability to multitask and work well collectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail

CFR internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  The Council on Foreign Relations is an Equal Opportunity Employe and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

 

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Global Health Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Council has a volunteer internship available in the Studies Department.  The volunteer intern will participate in the global health program’s research and support daily activities as needed. 

The volunteer duties of the interns will include (but are not limited to):

  • Conducting research, writing, and editing on global health topics
  • Translation of Chinese sources for fellow’s upcoming book on envirnomental health in China
  • Live updating interactive vaccine-preventable disease outbreak map as well as fellow’s Twitter account with timely global health news
  • Reading and retrieving articles relevant to fellow’s research
  • Attending and staff general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate student focusing on international affairs, global public health, international development, or a related field
  • Demonstrated interest of global health field
  • Familiarity working in an office and conducting research
  • Laboratory or biology experience is a plus
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office and social media platforms
  • Strong editing skills and research experience, and familiarity with scientific journal articles

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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International Economics - History Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Council has a volunteer internship available in the Studies Department.  The volunteer intern will report to a fellow in the studies department and will assist the fellow with research, editing and administrative tasks. The volunteer intern will gain firsthand experience with the tools scholars use to analyze economic policy questions.

The volunteer duties of the intern include (but are not limited to)

  • Assisting with drafting short character biographies for fellow’s upcoming book on the Marshall Plan
  • Locating and organization research materials, carrying out fact-checking and other tasks related to completion of the book manuscript
  • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate student with background in history, economics, or related field
  • Excellent research, writing and editing skills 
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Latin America Studies Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Latin America program analyzes the dynamic relationships between the United States and the nations in the Western Hemisphere. Current projects address the causes and effects of widespread phenomena such as democratization, globalization, migration, and economic development on domestic politics, foreign relations, and transnational ties within the Western Hemisphere.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include (but are not limited to):

  • Research specific areas for blog posts, articles, book chapters, and other publications as requested, with focus on Latin America, corruption, and global supply chains
  • Collect news articles from U.S. and Latin American newspapers for a weekly news roundup
  • Attend general meetings as time permits

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in International Relations, Economics, or Latin American Studies
  • Fluency in Spanish (with an emphasis on reading) required, Portuguese fluency a plus
  • Previous work/internship experience a plus
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and internet research skills
  • Strong research, proofreading, and editing skills
  • Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet multiple deadlines in fast-paced environment

CFR internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS ANDTIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  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.

 

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Library and Research Services Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: Library and Research Services

 CFR’s volunteer internships provide selected interns with professional development and training opportunities in a foreign policy organization, as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and project management in a dynamic non-profit setting.

The Council on Foreign Relations has a volunteer internship available in the Library and Research Services Department.  The library is undertaking two large digitization projects of archival photos and videos. The volunteer intern will work together with the library staff to conduct quality control for the Digital Asset Management system and combine resources into metadata files.

This internship will provide the opportunity to learn about digital asset management and metadata creation, as well as to participate in departmental meetings, shadow supervisors and other team members, and attend project meetings. The intern will gain hands-on experience working on a digitization project that features engaging foreign policy content, receive professional development training offered to all CFR interns, and have the option to attend professional networking events with CFR librarians.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include (but are not limited to):

  • Supporting the library team while learning about the digitization of CFR’s archive of photos, and videos
  • Observe the quality control process for digital files, and assist with migration into the CFR’s Digital Asset Management (DAM) system
  • Work collaboratively with Library & Research services staff to connect resources to metadata files in the DAM
  • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in library and information science, or other related field
  • Previous experience in a library, archive, or museum
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Prior experience working with a digital asset management system a plus

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Meetings Program Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: Meeting and Membership

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Meetings Program seeks to achieve a mix of speakers and issues that respond to the interests of a diverse Council membership and constantly adjusts to the new issues shaping American foreign policy.  The Meetings intern provides valuable support for the department in all aspects of meeting organization.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include (but are not limited to):               

  • Supporting staff in all facets of event preparation and staging, and helping during events in the early morning (7:45-9:00am), afternoon (12:30-2:00pm), evening (5:30-7:00pm), and at dinners (7:00-8:30pm)
  • Assisting with correspondence with speakers and confirmation calls to member participants, and drafting invitations to high- level event attendees.
  • Conducting research on potential U.S. Foreign Policy topics for discussion, as well as possible moderators and speakers

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate student majoring in international affairs, political science, or related field
  • Previous office experience necessary
  • Extremely detail-oriented, with excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills  
  • Ability to work in a pressured environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; strong writing, editing, and database skills

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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U.S. Foreign Policy Volunteer Internship


Location: New York Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include (but are not limited to):

  • Researching issues related to current U.S. foreign policy, including U.S.-Russia relations, U.S. interests in the Middle East, U.S.-China relations, and geoeconomics, contributing directly to the substance of study group meetings, as well as publications of the fellow.
  • Assisting with the preparations for fellow’s roundtables and meetings

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with concentration in international relations or related field
  • Strong research and writing skills; previous research experience preferred
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Mandarin, Arabic, or Hebrew language proficiency preferred, but not required

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Africa Studies Volunteer Internship


Location: Washington Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Council has a volunteer internship available in the studies department.  The volunteer intern will report to a senior fellow who specializes in Africa policy studies and will help to organize and run the daily activities of the office and participate in research as needed.  The volunteer intern will gain knowledge on sub-Saharan Africa politics, economics, governance, and security as well as foreign policy and diplomacy.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting with research, writing, copy editing, and fact-checking for op-ed pieces, blogs, articles, and books on sub-Saharan Africa
  • Assisting in administering online tools, such as blogs and the Nigeria Security Tracker
  • Participating in daily meetings with senior fellow to discuss Africa and Africa program issues
  • Assist in administrative tasks pertinent to the Africa department, including organizing roundtables, and assisting the senior fellow with scheduling and arrangements
  • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate student (Master’s preferred) with an educational concentration in Africa, Conflict Resolution, Development, Political Science or a related field
  • Proven interest and understanding of African Policy issues
  • Strong research, writing, and copy editing skills
  • French, Arabic, or Portuguese language skills a plus
  • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading ability
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, database research skills
  • Familiarity with blogging, social media, and crisis mapping or GIS a plus

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address.  The Council on Foreign Relations is an Equal Opportunity Employe and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Center for Preventive Action Volunteer Internship


Location: Washington Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

 CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Center for Preventive Action’s mission is to help prevent, defuse, or resolve deadly conflicts around the world and to expand the body of knowledge on conflict prevention. Information about CPA can be found at:  http://www.cfr.org/thinktank/cpa.     

The volunteer duties of the intern will include

  • Conduct foreign policy research as requested on topics related to CPA’s mission
  • Attend and take notes at various foreign policy discussions at CFR and other institutions to learn more about various foreign policy topics
  • Support general CPA activities (helping with roundtable meeting logistics, publications, social media)
  • Update CPA’s Global Conflict Tracker interactive: http://www.cfr.org/globalconflicttracker

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate (seniors or recent grads preferred) or graduate student with background in International Relations, International Security, Peace and Conflict Studies, or related field  
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills on subjects related to CPA research area
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills and social media familiarity
  • Ability to work independently and consistently produce high-quality work

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Please email, mail or fax a resume, cover letter and two writing samples INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the Human Resource Office at the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Energy and Geoeconomics Volunteer Internship


Location: Washington Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The Council has a volunteer internship available in the Studies Department.  The intern will report to a fellow in the Center for Geoeconomics and will have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary projects focusing on energy, technology, and security.

The volunteer duties of the interns will include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting with research on long- and short- term projects including writing research briefs for fellow, locating data sets and/or collecting open source information for future analyses
  • Assisting in research and fact checking for CFR publications

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate student focusing on Economics, Engineering,  Environmental/Energy Studies, International Relations, or related major
  • Strong computer skills with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Extensive research experience and previous experience working in an office
  • Attention to detail and excellent organization

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Please email, mail or fax a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the Human Resource Office at the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Franklin Williams Internship


Location: Washington Type: Summer Internship

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

Founded in 1921, CFR takes no institutional positions on matters of policy. CFR carries out its mission by maintaining a diverse membership, with special programs to promote interest and develop expertise in the next generation of foreign policy leaders; convening meetings at its headquarters in New York and in Washington, DC, and other cities where senior government officials, members of Congress, global leaders, and prominent thinkers come together with CFR members to discuss and debate major international issues; supporting a Studies Program that fosters independent research, enabling CFR scholars to produce articles, reports, and books and hold roundtables that analyze foreign policy issues and make concrete policy recommendations; publishing Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy; sponsoring Independent Task Forces that produce reports with both findings and policy prescriptions on the most important foreign policy topics; and providing up-to-date information and analysis about world events and American foreign policy on its website, CFR.org.

CFR is host to the widest possible range of views, and is committed to encouraging foreign policy debate that reflects diverse interests and perspectives. To help meet that objective, CFR consistently works to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the staff and membership. As part of that effort, CFR has established the Franklin Williams Internship. 

Overview of the Franklin Williams Internship

The Franklin Williams Internship, named after the late Ambassador Franklin H. Williams, has been established for undergraduate and graduate students who have a serious interest in international relations. The internship is designed to develop the intern’s knowledge and leadership abilities as a foundation for future work in the foreign policy arena. 

Ambassador Williams had a long career of public service, including serving as the former American Ambassador to Ghana, as well as the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lincoln University, one of the country’s historical black colleges. He was also a Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he made special efforts to encourage the nomination of African Americans to membership.

CFR will select individuals each term (fall, spring, and summer). The intern will be involved with program coordination, substantive and/or business writing, research, and budget management. In addition, the intern will be encouraged to attend the Council’s extensive meetings programs and participate in informal internship training programs.

The selected intern will be required to make a part-time commitment of 16 - 21 hours per week and will be paid at an hourly rate. 

Eligibility

Applications are accepted year-round, and there are no deadlines. Candidates should be currently enrolled in either an undergraduate program or in a graduate program in the area of international relations or a related field. They should have a record of high academic achievement, proven leadership ability, and previous related internship or work experience. Interested candidates should watch the website for the Franklin Williams internship postings. Once the internships have been filled, the postings will be removed from the website.  Diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply to CFR, please send a resume and cover letter to the above address or e-mail humanresources@cfr.org. CFR is an equal opportunity employer. Quality, diversity and balance are the key objectives sought in the composition of its workforce.

 Follow CFR's Human Resources department on Twitter at @CFR_HR for updates on internship opportunities.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Geoeconomics Studies Volunteer Internship


Location: Washington Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include:

  • Research topics related to U.S. competitiveness, trade, immigration, and other themes under CFR’s Renewing America initiative
  • Research topics related to sovereign debt crises and debt restructuring, financial sanctions, and macroeconomic policy both domestically and internationally.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or recent graduate with a concentration in International Relations, Economics, or Political Science.  Must have completed coursework in economics
  • Previous relevant internship or research experience
  • Must be comfortable with researching and working with economic data, have a familiarity with domestic economic issues, and strong writing skills
  • Spanish language skills a plus
  • Strong computer skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, and social media outlets

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Please email, mail or fax a resume, cover letter and two writing samples INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the Human Resource Office at the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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International Institutes and Global Governance Volunteer Internship


Location: Washington Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include:

  • Ongoing assistance for research on global governance issues for the program on International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG)
  • Assisting with various research projects related to IIGG initiatives and publications
  • Editing, updating, and proofreading IIGG publications
  • Assisting with IIGG event planning and staffing

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in international relations, political science, history, international law, global governance, human rights, public health, or policy
  • Prior coursework or relevant experience in issues related to international institutions and global governance
  • Previous research, editing, or relavant internship experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Word, Excel, and Office

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Please email, mail or fax a resume, cover letter and two writing samples INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the Human Resource Office at the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Japan Studies Volunteer Internship


Location: Washington Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

 CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

 

The volunteer duties of the intern will include:

  • Assisting with research assignments;  focus will be primarily on Japan and Northeast Asia
  • Supporting Senior Fellow in research on political debates on various issues such as security, economy, and energy
  • Helping with preparations for Japan studies roundtables and meetings, and taking notes as needed

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in International Relations or Asia Studies
  • Demonstrated background and interest in Japan
  • Strong research abilities
  • Excellent attention to detail & follow-through
  • Policy or research oriented work experience is preferred
  • Ability to conduct research in Japanese is preferred

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Please email, mail or fax a resume, cover letter and two writing samples INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the Human Resource Office at the above address.  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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Korea Studies Volunteer Internship


Location: Washington Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

 CFR’s volunteer internships give selected interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The responsibilities of the intern will include (but are not limited to): 

  • Assisting with research and editing assignments focusing on Korea and Northeast Asia, including tracking important regional developments and statistics
  • Conducting primary and secondary-source research in English and Korean
  • Sourcing, reading, and summarizing academic articles on Korea

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with demonstrated academic work on Korea
  • Former research experience, in professional, internship, or academic setting a plus
  • Strong research abilities
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow through
  • Full-professional proficiency in Korean is required; full-professional proficiency in Chinese or Japanese a plus

CFR internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Please mail, Email or fax a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the Human Resource Office at the above address. 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.

 

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East Volunteer Internship


Location: Washington Type: Summer Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include:

  • Conducting research and analysis for articles, reports, and preparation materials for the fellow’s speaking engagements
  • Providing semi-weekly briefings on developments in the Middle East and Europe
  • Editing for fellow’s articles and blog posts
  • Supporting preparations for roundtables and meetings

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Middle East Studies, International Relations, or a related major
  • Regional experience in the Middle East a plus, including professional experience abroad
  • Focus on Europe and/or Transatlantic issues preferred
  • Arabic language abilities a plus
  • Strong editing, research and writing skills
  • Strong computer skills with Microsoft Word, Excel

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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.org.

Please email, mail or fax a resume, cover letter and two writing samples INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the Human Resource Office at the above address. 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.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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