Council on Foreign Relations

Outline of the organisation

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organisation, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its Members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. Founded in 1921, the Council takes no institutional positions on matters of policy.

Positions available

(1) Volunteer Internship Program

CFR recruits interns year-round on a semester basis for both the New York and Washington DC offices. An intern’s duties generally consist of program coordination, research, editing and writing. The Fall and Spring semesters require a minimum commitment of sixteen hours per week. The summer semester requires a full-time commitment. Internships are unpaid.

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.

(2) Robina Franklin Williams Internship

In addition to the Volunteer Internship Program, CFR offers the Robina Franklin Williams Internship 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. The selected intern will require to make a part-time commitment of 16-21 hours per week and will be paid at an hourly rate. To be eligible for the Robina Franklin Williams Internship, candidates must submit their resume and cover letter for a Volunteer Internship in the Summer, Spring, or Fall, and include responses to a few questions in their cover letter.

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