Careers

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.

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

Summer 2018 Volunteer Internships in New York City

Volunteer Internship, Foreign Affairs, Publishing Business, Summer 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. 

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Volunteer Internship, Library and Research Services, Summer 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 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.

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Available Internships in Washington, DC

Summer 2018 Volunteer Internships in Washington, DC

Volunteer Internship, International Economics and Global Governance, Summer 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 topics in foreign policy and international affairs.  By actively participating in this project, this volunteer intern will gain a deeper understanding of global governance, international economics, and emerging technologies. The intern will also gain exposure to the policymaking community.

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Volunteer Internship, International Institutions and Global Governance, Summer 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. 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. 

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Volunteer Internship, Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, Summer 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. 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.  

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Volunteer Internship, Women and Foreign Policy, Summer 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.

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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.

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