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.

Washington Internships

Events Volunteer Intern

Posted: October 2015 Location: Washington Type: Spring Internship Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program



Department:            Events


Semester:                Spring 2016


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 Events Program coordinates and implements all events and meetings for the Washington office of the Council on Foreign Relations. 


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

  • Assisting the Events Team with all aspects of  meetings and events, including menu planning and event set-ups
  • Providing support to the events staff, including assisting with client contracts, supply ordering, client relationships and calendar support
  • Researching ways to cut event supply costs and to become more eco-friendly



  • Strong interest in the events field
  • Academic major in Events/Hospitality and/or Communications, or a relevant field
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Extremely detail-oriented
  • Ability to multi-task

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 4,700+ 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.

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