Careers

Volunteer Internships

Interning at CFR

The CFR Volunteer Internship Program offers an exceptional opportunity for talented individuals who are considering a career in international relations. Our volunteer interns have the chance to interact with experts, scholars, and young, upcoming leaders in the foreign policy field.

Volunteer interns are recruited year-round on a semester basis in both the New York and Washington, DC, offices. Volunteer internships are generally offered in the Executive Office, CFR.org, the Studies Program, Publications, Communications, the Meetings Program, the Corporate Program, and Foreign Affairs publishing. Each semester requires a part-time commitment of at least fourteen to twenty-one hours per week. A volunteer intern’s duties generally consist of departmental support, editing and writing, research, and event coordination.

CFR generally considers undergraduate and graduate students with majors in international relations, political science, economics, or a related field for its Volunteer Internship Program. A regional specialization and language skills may also be required for some internships. In addition to meeting the intellectual requirements, applicants should have excellent skills in administration, writing, and research; basic computer skills; and previous office experience.

Available Internships in New York

Fall 2018 Volunteer Internships in New York

Volunteer Intern, Asia Studies, Fall 2018

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.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, CFR Editorial, Fall 2018

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.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, Digital and Cyberspace Policy, Fall 2018

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 Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security 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.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, Education, Model Diplomacy, Fall 2018

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.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, Education, World 101, Fall 2018

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.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, Education, World 101, Regions of the World, Fall 2018

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.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, Energy, Security, and the Environment, Fall 2018

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, writing, and editing, and will have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary projects focusing on energy, the environment, energy security, and climate change.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, Foreign Affairs, Advertising, Fall 2018

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 Advertising 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.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, Foreign Affairs, Editorial, Fall 2018

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 and foreign policy journal.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, Foreign Affairs, Publishing Business, Fall 2018

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.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, Global Business, Fall 2018

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. 

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, Global Business, Programming, Fall 2018

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.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, Global Communications and Media Relations, Fall 2018

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.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, International Economics, Economic History, Fall 2018

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, writing, and editing. The volunteer intern will gain firsthand experience with the tools scholars use to analyze economic policy questions.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, International Economics, History, Fall 2018

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 and historical questions.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, Latin America Studies, Fall 2018

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.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, National Program and Outreach, Fall 2018

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. With more than one-third of its members based outside of New York and Washington, DC, the goal of the National Program and Outreach is to energize foreign policy discussions nationwide. The National Program supports and connects CFR members across the country. Outreach extends CFR resources to leaders in a cross-section of American life, including the academic community; religious leaders; state and local officials; and civic, nonprofit, and community leaders.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, New York Meetings, Fall 2018

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.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, Publications, Fall 2018

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 Publications Department is involved in the editing, production, and marketing of CFR Books, Task Force reports, Council Special Reports, the Annual Report, and papers on a wide range of issues. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in a publishing career.

Learn More

Volunteer Intern, U.S. Foreign Policy, Fall 2018

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 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 U.S. foreign policy and its implications.

Learn More

Available Internships in Washington, DC

Fall 2018 Volunteer Internships in Washington, DC

Volunteer Intern, Africa Studies, Fall 2018

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.

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, Center for Preventive Action, Fall 2018

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 intern will have the opportunity to conduct foreign policy research relating to CPA projects, as well as attend roundtable discussions hosted by CPA/CFR and other institutions to learn more about various conflict-related topics. In support of CPA’s mission, the intern will develop writing/editing, event, communication, and administrative skills.

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.     

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, CFR Editorial and Creative Innovation, Fall 2018

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.

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, Communications, Fall 2018

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.

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, Digital Marketing, Fall 2018

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.

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, Director of Studies, Fall 2018

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 intern will gain exposure to policy research and think tanks, and develop research and writing skills in a professional context. 

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, Energy Security and Climate, Fall 2018

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 have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary projects focusing on clean energy, technology, and security. They will contribute to CFR's task force on innovation strategy, and develop clear and concise writing skills to describe policy options and arguments in op-ed and article formats. 

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, European Studies, Fall 2018

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 European 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 U.S. political and diplomatic history and European affairs.  

Learn more 

Volunteer Intern, External Affairs, Fall 2018

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 Washington External Affairs team is comprised of the Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy program and CFR's diplomatic and executive branch initiatives. The Congress program engages members of Congress and their staff on both sides of the aisle with a weekly roundtable policy discussion series, monthly briefings for Senate chiefs of staff, breakfast meetings for members of Congress, and other on-demand briefings. The program is responsible for distribution of CFR publications and other relevant materials to Capitol Hill. The diplomatic and executive branch initiatives provide U.S. policymakers and foreign officials access to CFR publications, reports, and invitations to select on-the-record CFR meetings. External Affairs also produces regular eNewsletters tailored specifically for the executive branch, Congress, and diplomatic community.

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, Global Health Studies, Fall 2018

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 gain essential skills in research and writing, focused on recent development in global health and development. They will also gain skills in program planning and event management for the Global Health, Economics, and Development Roundtable series. 

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, Independent Task Force, Fall 2018

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 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.

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, International Institutions and Global Governance, Fall 2018

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, synthesize large amounts of information, and summarize complex arguments concisely. The intern will also develop an understanding  of multistage publication production and launch process, learn to work professionally and sensitively with professionals from many different countries, and increase their understanding of international organizations, current issues and debates on global governance. 

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, Japan Studies, Fall 2018

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 develop high-level research skills in both Japanese and English as well as abilities to present the results of research. The volunteer intern will receive extensive feedback from the senior fellow and the supervisor, and gain professional skills as they interact with various guests including senior government officials, academics, journalists and business leaders.

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, Korea Studies, Fall 2018

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. 

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, Washington Corporate Affairs, Fall 2018

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.  

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, Washington Meetings, Fall 2018

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.

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.

The intern would develop professionally while working in a dynamic team-oriented environment.  He or she would gain experience assisting in the coordination of events, improve familiarity with a wide range of foreign policy topics and experts, and have the opportunity to observe high-level dialogue on contemporary foreign policy issues.

Learn more

Volunteer Intern, Women and Foreign Policy, Fall 2018

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 Women and Foreign Policy program. The volunteer intern will learn about the cross-cutting role of gender in foreign policy, security, economic growth, public health and international development.

Learn more

Robina Franklin Williams Internship

Robina Franklin Williams Internship

The Robina Franklin Williams Internship at CFR was established for undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates looking to make a career in the field of international relations. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

Ambassador Franklin H. Williams was 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 historically black colleges. He was also a director at CFR where he was a strong proponent of expanding diversity within the field of international relations. The Robina Franklin Williams opportunity is awarded to selected volunteer interns as an added professional development experience. Interns develop the knowledge and leadership skills necessary for work in the foreign policy arena, and they can gain experience in program coordination, substantive business writing, and research.

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. Additional benefits of the Robina Franklin Williams Internship include a trip to the Washington, D.C. or New York office to attend a Council Meeting and meet with CFR staff, as well networking and public speaking professional development sessions.

How to Apply

To be eligible for a Robina Franklin Williams Internship, candidates must submit their resume and cover letter for an available Volunteer Internship in the Summer, Spring, or Fall, and include responses to the following essay questions in their cover letter.

Please prepare two short paragraphs (no longer than 250 words for each paragraph) in response to the questions below. Both responses should be thorough while remaining concise. 

1. Discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in the international relations sphere

2. Share an example of how you have demonstrated your commitment to diversity and inclusion in an educational, professional, or related setting

How to Apply

When listed, please submit your application by clicking on the opportunities above and then clicking the “Apply for this job online” icon in the full description.

Contact

For more information, please contact humanresources@cfr.org.

Up