Seven Internship Openings at Council on Foreign Relations

Team CFR at the J.P. Morgan Corporate ChallengeThe CFR Volunteer Internship Program offers an exceptional opportunity for talented individuals who are considering a career in international relations. CFR 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,, 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.


Volunteer Internship, Digital and Cyberspace Policy, Spring 2019

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.

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Volunteer Internship, Energy, Security, and the Environment, Spring 2019

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.

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Volunteer Internship, Global Communications and Media Relations, Spring 2019

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.

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Volunteer Internship, Foreign Affairs, Editorial, Spring 2019

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.

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Volunteer Internship, International Economics, Economic History, Spring 2019

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.

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Available Internships in Washington, DC

Volunteer Internship, Washington Meetings, Spring 2019

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 will develop professional skills while working in a dynamic team-oriented environment.  He or she will 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.

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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 – 18 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

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