Career Opportunities

In an ever-changing world, CFR’s work as a nonpartisan resource for information and ideas is more important than ever.  At CFR, you will do work that matters with smart and dedicated colleagues in a diverse and inclusive environment.  We offer opportunities for people at all levels of their careers, from recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in foreign policy, to experienced professionals in areas such as digital or global communications. We also offer internships for college and graduate students.  


Open Positions

We have opportunities ranging from research and program support, to editing, to digital and technology.


CFR offers incredible learning opportunities for college and graduate students who are interested in international relations; as well as those interested in a range of areas such as editorial, digital, and communications. Interns are paid a competitive hourly wage while gaining valuable experience through exposure to leading foreign policy experts.

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The Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid and senior career professionals focusing on international relations.

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CFR Culture

CFR is a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive workplace. We value enthusiasm, ideas, and drive. Committed to a healthy work/life balance, CFR offers a wide variety of staff events; ranging from lunches with policy experts, onsite professional development opportunities, summer Fridays and an annual ping-pong championship.

Team CFR at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge
Team CFR at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge
CFR awarded health and wellness Golden Apple Award by United Healthcare.
CFR awarded health and wellness Golden Apple Award by United Healthcare.
Staff Health Fair
Staff Health Fair
New York staff take a walking tour of Central Park.
New York staff take a walking tour of Central Park.

Diversity at CFR

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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has a longstanding commitment to making the foreign policy community in the United States more representative of American society as a whole. CFR advances this goal through building a diverse membership, staff, and board, as well as through outreach activities to academic and religious institutions, hosting events on relevant topics, and collaborating with other organizations working toward the same mission.

“A collaborative, diverse, and inclusive environment, opportunities to learn, and progressive benefits. That's life at CFR.” — Jan Hughes, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


CFR offers a comprehensive benefit package that is among the best offered by nonprofits today. It includes an award-winning health and wellness program, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, generous time-off, onsite skills-based training, and tuition reimbursement assistance.

Medical, Dental, and Vision

Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for eligible employees and their dependents

Health and Wellness

Award-winning program includes annual day off for preventive care, onsite gym, and a health fair

Paid Leave Benefits

Generous vacation, sick, and family leave, as well as a “summer Friday” schedule

Retirement Plan

Retirement plan options, including an 8% employer contribution

Professional Development

Tuition reimbursement benefit includes partial subsidy for international travel for global classes

Pre-Tax Benefits

Flexible spending account for medical and dependent care, and pre-tax transit and parking program

Life and Disability Plans

Generous life and disability insurance coverage

Voluntary Insurance Options

For some, pets are also members of the family! Discounted pet insurance program

Employee Events

Wide range of events from brown bag lunches with experts to an annual ping pong championship