Summer 2021 Internship Program -- Remote

Council on Foreign Relations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Feb 16

Position description

CFR interns are recruited year-round on a semester basis. 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.

CFR interns participate in CFR’s Intern Professional Development program, which complements their substantive work with a series of skill-based workshops, trainings, 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.

The internship program is made possible by the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Robina Foundation, CFR members and the friends and family and Franklin Williams.

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

Interns are paid a competitive hourly wage. The internship program is remote.

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

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CFR generally considers undergraduate and graduate students with majors in international relations, political science, economics, or a related field for its 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.