Internships

Interning at CFR

In an ever-changing world, CFR’s work as a leading nonpartisan resource for information and ideas about foreign policy is more important than ever. At CFR, interns do work that matters alongside smart and dedicated staff in a diverse and inclusive environment. Interns are paid a competitive hourly wage while gaining valuable experience through exposure to leading foreign policy experts. They are also offered professional development training as a foundation for future work in the field of foreign policy and international affairs. Internship opportunities are offered through the Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program.

CFR’s summer 2022 internship program gives interns the opportunity to choose whether to work in our office in a hybrid capacity (half in the office, and half remote), or on an offsite fully remote basis. 

 

Available Internships in New York

Internship, Africa Policy, Summer 2022

The intern will work with the Africa Policy team and build skills in the area of writing, editing, research, time management, and subject knowledge of Africa, including history, politics, and economics. They will support the team in preparing for both an upcoming book and paper.

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Internship, Asia Studies, International Relations Theory, Summer 2022

The Council has an internship available in the Studies Program. The intern will play an important role in research, writing, and editing for a book project. They will have the opportunity to work closely on various Asia- related and international relations theory projects. 

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Internship, Foreign Affairs, Audience Development, Summer 2022

As Foreign Affairs pursues innovative ways to reach a larger audience for the magazine, it is rolling out projects focusing on editorial taxonomy, SEO Research and website optimization. The intern will learn about content optimization for Google as it relates to international politics and political science. The intern will also be exposed to the practical applications of categorization concepts, and apply them to ForeignAffairs.com's user experience.

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Internship, Foreign Affairs, Production and Financial Operations, Summer 2022

The intern will be exposed to the business side of Foreign Affairs magazine from the production of all its products to the creation of its budget, expense tracking, and revenue channels. The intern will help gather new ideas for strategic project work, and help create and document new processes that improve the magazine's products and flows.

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Internship, New York Meetings, Summer 2022

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.

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Available Internships in Washington, DC

Internship, Africa Studies, Summer 2022

The intern will work with the Africa studies team to assist with the goal of providing informed expert analysis for the policy and diplomatic communities.

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Internship, CFR Digital, Editorial, Summer 2022

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.

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Internship, CFR Digital, Multimedia, Summer 2022

The DC multimedia intern will have the opportunity to learn more about video production, researching and writing, and international relations at large. This internship will serve as a stepping stone for a variety of opportunities in foreign policy, journalism, and media. They will gain skills in working cohesively in a team/office environment, bolstering their researching and writing skills, and learning more about media and production.

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Internship, Independent Task Force, Summer 2022

The intern will support the Independent Task Force team. The Council on Foreign Relations sponsors two Independent Task Forces each year, which are overseen by the Independent Task Force Program. Chaired by distinguished public servants, Task Forces are convened to assess issues of current and critical importance to U.S. foreign policy and provide policymakers with concrete judgments and recommendations. Diverse in backgrounds and perspectives, Task Force members aim to reach a meaningful consensus on policy through private and nonpartisan deliberations. Upon its conclusion, the Task Force will release a full report of its findings and recommendations.

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Internship, Washington Meetings, Summer 2022

In the nation’s capital, the Council’s Washington Meetings Program provides a nonpartisan forum for informed foreign policy debate by bringing CFR members together with policymakers, world leaders, academic experts, and prominent thinkers to discuss a wide range of international issues. The Meetings intern provides valuable support for the department in all aspects of meeting programming.

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Blavatnik Internship Program

Blavatnik interns are recruited year-round on a semester basis for positions in CFR’s New York and Washington, DC, offices. An intern’s duties generally consist of research, editing and writing, event coordination, and/or departmental support. Internships are offered in Digital Content, the Studies Program, Global Communications, Corporate Program, Washington Program, Meetings Program and many more, including Foreign Affairs.

Blavatnik interns participate in CFR’s Intern Professional Development program, which complements their substantive work with a series of skill-based workshops, training, and career advice sessions. These events are designed to improve interns’ writing, editing, research, and program planning skills, while also helping to sharpen interns’ resumes and familiarize them with the multitude of foreign policy career paths and beyond.

CFR strives to include its interns in the full spectrum of its meetings and events programming, giving interns the opportunity to gain new insights on critical foreign policy issues and further their exposure to world leaders, U.S. policymakers, and sought-after experts. In addition, CFR offers a wide variety of events for staff and interns, including an award-winning health and wellness program. Events range from brown bag lunches with policy experts to a health fair, and an annual Ping-Pong championship.

A generous gift from the Blavatnik Family Foundation supports this unique internship program. CFR is grateful to Council member Len Blavatnik, a distinguished philanthropist and global business leader, for facilitating this gift, which furthers his commitment to developing new talent and cultivating the next generation of leaders in government, academia, and the private sector.

Eligibility and How to Apply

CFR generally considers undergraduate and graduate students with majors in international relations, political science, economics, or a related field for its Blavatnik Internship Program. All applicants should have completed the equivalent of four semesters of college coursework (not including AP classes in high school) by the time they begin an internship. A regional specialization, language skills, and additional requirements may also be needed for some internships. In addition to meeting the intellectual requirements, applicants should have excellent skills in administration, writing, research, and computers, as well as previous office experience. Interns must also be willing to commit to fourteen to eighteen hours per week.

CFR posts all internship opportunities on its website—in June for the fall semester, in October for the spring semester, and in February for the summer semester.

CFR is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Interns are paid a competitive hourly wage.

Since this is a paid opportunity, interns must have the legal right to work for any employer in the United States. 

 

 

About Len Blavatnik

Franklinn H WilliamsCFR Member Len Blavatnik, founder and chairman of Access Industries and the Blavatnik Family Foundation, is a global industrialist and philanthropist committed to advancing science, higher education, good governance, and the arts through meaningful involvement and charitable giving. Access, a privately-held industrial group based in the United States, owns strategic and diversified investments around the world in media and telecommunications, natural resources and chemicals, venture capital, real estate, and biotechnology.  

The Foundation, which has contributed more than $700 million to charitable institutions over the years, prioritizes higher education as well as scientific and medical research and innovation. Its activities are highly concentrated to drive meaningful impact and to promote discoveries at major research institutions that will benefit the whole of society. To that end, the Foundation has made transformational gifts to Harvard, Yale, and Tel Aviv Universities, and established the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.

Born in the former Soviet Union, Blavatnik became a U.S. citizen in 1984 and earned his MS in computer science from Columbia University in 1981 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989. He became a dual citizen of the UK in 2010 and was knighted in 2017 for services to philanthropy. In 2013, Blavatnik was appointed a chevalier of the French Légion d'Honneur for his support of education.

Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program

Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program

CFR is committed to help make the foreign policy community in the United States more reflective of America as a whole, and looks to identify the next generation of diverse foreign policy leaders through its Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program.

Robina Franklin Williams interns are recruited year-round on a semester basis for positions in CFR’s New York and Washington, DC, offices. An intern’s duties generally consist of research, editing and writing, event coordination, and/or departmental support. Internships are offered in Digital Content, the Studies Program, Global Communications, the Corporate Program, the Washington Program, the Meetings Program and many more, including Foreign Affairs.

Robina Franklin Williams interns participate in CFR’s Intern Professional Development program, which complements their substantive work with a series of skill-based workshops, training, and career advice sessions. These events are designed to improve interns’ writing, editing, research, and program planning skills, while also helping to sharpen interns’ resumes and familiarize them with the multitude of foreign policy career paths.

CFR strives to include its interns in the full spectrum of its meetings and events programming, giving interns the opportunity to gain new insights on critical foreign policy issues and further their exposure to world leaders, U.S. policymakers, and sought-after experts. In addition, CFR offers a wide variety of events for staff and interns, including an award-winning health and wellness program. Events range from brown bag lunches with policy experts to a health fair, and an annual Ping-Pong championship. Robina Franklin Williams interns are also invited to participate in CFR’s annual Conference on Diversity in International Affairs and receive a fully funded trip to visit CFR’s location in New York or Washington, DC.

The Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program, supported by a generous gift from the Robina Foundation, CFR members, and family and friends of Franklin Williams, is named in honor of the late Ambassador Franklin H. Williams. 

Eligibility and How to Apply

CFR is committed to help make the foreign policy community in the United States more reflective of America as a whole and looks to identify the next generation of diverse foreign policy leaders through its Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program. CFR is an equal opportunity employer, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

CFR generally considers undergraduate and graduate students with majors in international relations, political science, economics, or a related field for its Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program. All applicants should have completed the equivalent of four semesters of college coursework (not including AP classes in high school) by the time they begin an internship. A regional specialization, language skills, and additional requirements may also be needed for some internships. In addition to meeting the intellectual requirements, applicants should have excellent skills in administration, writing, research, and computers, as well as previous office experience. Interns must also be willing to commit to fourteen to eighteen hours per week.

CFR posts all internship opportunities on its website—in June for the fall semester, in October for the spring semester, and in February for the summer semester.

Interns are paid a competitive hourly wage.

Since this is a paid opportunity, interns must have the legal right to work for any employer in the United States. 

About Ambassador Franklin H. Williams

Franklinn H WilliamsAmbassador Franklin H. Williams served as the U.S. ambassador to Ghana and was the chairman of the board of trustees of Lincoln University, one of the country’s historically 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. 

 

 

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