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Interning at CFR

In an ever-changing world, CFR’s work as a leading nonpartisan resource for information and ideas about foreign policy is more important than ever. At CFR, interns do work that matters alongside smart and dedicated staff in a diverse and inclusive environment. Interns are paid a competitive hourly wage while gaining valuable experience through exposure to leading foreign policy experts. They are also offered professional development training as a foundation for future work in the field of foreign policy and international affairs. Internship opportunities are offered through the Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program.

 

Available Internships in New York

Internship, Asia Studies, Summer 2020

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. This particular internship will focus on contemporary debates in U.S.-China relations, national security issues, and American strategy in Asia.

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Internship, Asia Studies, Summer 2020

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.

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Internship, CFR Digital, Editorial, Summer 2020

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.

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Internship, CFR Digital, Podcast, Summer 2020

CFR’s new podcast seeks to explain pressing IR issues to a new, wide audience. Under the umbrella of the Multimedia team, the podcast intern will prepare research briefings on episode topics, and aid in other logistical and production-related tasks.

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Internship, Digital and Cyberspace Policy, Summer 2020

CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff.  The Studies Program aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions. The intern will work under the direction of Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program (DCP).

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Internship, Education, Marketing, Summer 2020

The intern will have the opportunity to assist in efforts related to marketing, research, and analytic reporting for the Education department. By actively participating in this project, this intern will gain a deeper understanding managing social media accounts across multiple platforms, developing assests for marketing purposes, and performing analytics reporting to determine ROI (return on investment) of multiple campaigns. The intern will also participate in learning how to creatively educate a diverse audience on these particular topics.

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Internship, Education, Model Diplomacy, Summer 2020

The intern will have the opportunity to conduct research on current foreign policy topics while helping to create a new series of educational materials. This intern will be exposed to the writing, research, and program planning of Model Diplomacy cases, as well as providing support for the Model Diplomacy initiative.

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Internship, Education, Multimedia Production, Summer 2020

The intern will have the opportunity to help to research and create a new series of multimedia tools for a variety of educational materials in international relations. By actively participating in this project, this intern will participate in learning how to creatively educate a diverse audience on topics in international relations. The intern will also 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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Internship, Education, World 101, Summer 2020

The 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 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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Internship, Energy and U.S. Foreign Policy, Summer 2020

The Council has a internship available in the Studies Program. The intern will assist the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change with research, writing, and editing. They will have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary projects focusing on energy, the environment, energy security, and climate change.

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Internship, Foreign Affairs, Advertising, Summer 2020

The Foreign Affairs Advertising team 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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Internship, Foreign Affairs, Editorial, Summer 2020

Foreign Affairs magazine has an internship opening in the Editorial Department. The intern will have the unique opportunity to see the inner workings of a major magazine and foreign policy journal.

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Internship, Foreign Affairs, Marketing Design, Summer 2020

The Foreign Affairs, Marketing Design intern will learn the ins and outs of publishing and marketing a magazine. They will develop and deepen their graphic design skills for a reputable brand and will be exposed to marketing strategies, composing of digital operations, social media, analytics and more. The intern will also learn about niche marketing as we try to target specific communities. The intern will develop office, organizational, and strategic marketing skills.

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Internship, Foreign Affairs, Product, Summer 2020

The Foreign Affairs, Product intern will learn valuable project management skills in an agile environment. They will learn about the process of handling off designs to development, leading and managing a team of developers, as well as requirement gathering for launching new products.

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Internship, Global Communications and Media Relations, Product, Summer 2020

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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Internship, International Economics, Economic History, Summer 2020

The Council has a internship available in the Studies Department. The intern will work with a team in the studies department and will assist the fellow with research, writing, and editing. The intern will gain firsthand experience with the tools scholars use to analyze economic policy questions.

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Internship, International Economics, History, Summer 2020

The intern will work with a research associate in the studies department, assisting a senior fellow with research, editing, and administrative tasks. The intern will gain firsthand experience with the tools scholars use to analyze economic policy and historical questions.

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Internship, Latin America Studies, Summer 2020

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.

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Internship, Middle East History and Geopolitics, Summer 2020

The Council has a internship available in the Studies Department. The intern will report to a fellow in the studies department and will assist the fellow with research, writing, and editing. The intern will gain firsthand experience in working in the think tank community, analyzing geopolitical trends in the Middle East as well as gaining knowledge and understanding of the Middle East politics and U.S. foreign policy in the region.

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Internship, National Program and Outreach, Summer 2020

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 and programming to a cross-section of American life, including the academic community; religious and congregational leaders; state and local officials; and journalists at the local and regional levels.

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Internship, New York Meetings, Summer 2020

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.

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Internship, Publications, Summer 2020

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 career in writing or editing.

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Internship, Russia Studies, Summer 2020

Russia Studies team focuses on U.S.- Russian relations and current affairs across the former Soviet Union. The intern will deepen their understanding of the current and historical trends between the two countries. They will gain a strong skill set on policy-related research and editing skills.

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Available Internships in Washington, DC

Internship, Africa Studies, Summer 2020

The Africa Studies intern will gain familiarity with African political and security developments and/or terrorism, African history, corruption, transnational crime, democracy, gender issues, and governance. They will improve upon writing and editing skills, and gain the ability to compile and analyze research with minimal oversight.

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Internship, Center for Preventive Action, Summer 2020

The Center for Preventive Action (CPA) intern will have the opportunity to improve knowledge of conflict-related trends by conducting research related to the CPA's ongoing projects, including on regional conflicts and on great power competition and cooperation, and by attending events at the CFR and at other institutions in Washington, DC. In support of CPA's mission, the intern will develop writing and editing, event management, and communication and social media skills.

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Internship, CFR Digital, Editorial, Summer 2020

The CFR Digital, Editorial intern will support the Editorial team. 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.

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Internship, CFR Digital, Multimedia, Summer 2020

The DC multimedia intern will have the opportunity to learn more about audio and video production, researching and writing, and international relations at large. This internship will serve as a stepping stone for a variety of opportunities in foreign policy, journalism, and media. They will gain skills in working cohesively in a team/office environment, bolstering their researching and writing skills, and learning more about media and production.

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Internship, Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy, Summer 2020

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 staffs 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.

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Internship, Corporate Affairs, Summer 2020

Through this internship, the Washington corporate affairs intern will develop an understanding of issues at the nexus of business and foreign policy. The intern will hone research skills by supporting the programming team on developing meeting ideas and supporting member relations on background research. The intern will also draft and edit memoranda and business communications.

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Internship, Director of Studies, Summer 2020

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

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Internship, Geoeconomic Studies, Summer 2020

The intern will enhance their research, communication, writing, and editing skills and learn about the use of social media to disseminate information/marketing. The intern will gain knowledge of issues relating to international trade, economic policy and competitiveness, and other themes under CFR's Renewing America initiative.

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Internship, Global Communications and Media Relations, Summer 2020

The intern will assist the Global Communications and Media Relations department. 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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Internship, Global Health Studies, Summer 2020

The 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.

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Internship, Independent Task Force, Summer 2020

The intern will support the current Independent Task Force. 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.

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Internship, India, Pakistan, and South Asia Studies, Summer 2020

The India, Pakistan, and South Asia Studies intern will gain skills in research, memo and article writing, editing, and proofreading, along with content knowledge of U.S. foreign policy toward India and South Asia, domestic and international politics in India and South Asia, as well as social and economic affairs in South Asia. Potential research opportunities include urban transition in India and the larger Indo-Pacific concept.

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Internship, International Institutions and Global Governance, Summer 2020

The International Institutions and Global Governance 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.

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Internship, Japan Studies, Summer 2020

The Japan Studies 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.

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Internship, Korea Studies, Summer 2020

The Korea Studies intern will conduct in-depth primary and secondary source research in English and Korean and gain experience using a broad range of sources and databases. The intern will cultivate a nuanced understanding of Korean politics and gain professional skills as they interact with various guests, including experts. The intern will also have the opportunity to contribute to CFR’s Asia Unbound blog. 

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Internship, Latin America and European Studies, Summer 2020

The intern will support the Latin America and European studies departments. They will develop competencies in research, synthesis, writing, editing, and proofreading. They will enhance skills in research of both Latin American politics and Europe, including isolationism, populism, and globalism.

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Internship, Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, Summer 2020

The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy intern will have the opportunity to conduct research on current foreign policy topics, improve their research, writing, editing and critical thinking skills. This internship will focus heavily on current and historical research for short and long term projects on Middle East politics and security, and the intern will assist in all research and logistical tasks. The intern will work closely with the research associate on all assignments and improve their ability to think critically on the Middle East.

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Internship, Middle East Studies, Summer 2020

The Middle East Studies intern will have the opportunity to conduct research on current foreign policy topics, improve their research and editing skills in a team-based environment. The intern will broaden their knowledge on contemporary Middle Eastern issues as well as U.S. foreign policy, and learn about the functions of a think tank and the relationship between policy experts and policy makers. The internship is meant to bolster the intern's confidence in their own research and in their understanding of Middle Eastern politics by emphasizing critical thinking as well as accurate, timely produced, well-written work.

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Internship, U.S. Foreign Policy, Summer 2020

The U.S. Foreign Policy intern will assist the research associate and fellow with research, editing, and administrative tasks. The intern will gain firsthand experience with the tools scholars use to analyze U.S. foreign policy and its implications.

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Internship, Washington Meetings, Summer 2020

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.

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Internship, Women and Foreign Policy, Summer 2020

The Council has a internship available in the Women and Foreign Policy program. The intern will build on his or her existing research skills, area/subject knowledge on global gender issues, and writing and editing skills. In addition, the intern will learn about the structure of a think tank.

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Blavatnik Internship Program

Blavatnik interns are recruited year-round on a semester basis for positions in CFR’s New York and Washington, DC, offices. 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.

Blavatnik 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.

A generous gift from the Blavatnik Family Foundation supports this unique internship program. CFR is grateful to Council member Len Blavatnik, a distinguished philanthropist and global business leader, for facilitating this gift, which furthers his commitment to developing new talent and cultivating the next generation of leaders in government, academia, and the private sector.

Eligibility and How to Apply

CFR generally considers undergraduate and graduate students with majors in international relations, political science, economics, or a related field for its Blavatnik 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, research, and computers, as well as previous office experience. Interns must also be willing to commit to fourteen to eighteen hours per week.

CFR posts all internship opportunities on its website—in June for the fall semester, in October for the spring semester, and in February for the summer semester.

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

Interns are paid a competitive hourly wage.

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

 

 

About Len Blavatnik

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CFR Member Len Blavatnik, founder and chairman of Access Industries and the Blavatnik Family Foundation, is a global industrialist and philanthropist committed to advancing science, higher education, good governance, and the arts through meaningful involvement and charitable giving. Access, a privately-held industrial group based in the United States, owns strategic and diversified investments around the world in media and telecommunications, natural resources and chemicals, venture capital, real estate, and biotechnology.  

The Foundation, which has contributed more than $700 million to charitable institutions over the years, prioritizes higher education as well as scientific and medical research and innovation. Its activities are highly concentrated to drive meaningful impact and to promote discoveries at major research institutions that will benefit the whole of society. To that end, the Foundation has made transformational gifts to Harvard, Yale, and Tel Aviv Universities, and established the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.

Born in the former Soviet Union, Blavatnik became a U.S. citizen in 1984 and earned his MS in computer science from Columbia University in 1981 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989. He became a dual citizen of the UK in 2010 and was knighted in 2017 for services to philanthropy. In 2013, Blavatnik was appointed a chevalier of the French Légion d'Honneur for his support of education.

Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program

Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program

CFR is committed to help make the foreign policy community in the United States more reflective of America as a whole, and looks to identify the next generation of diverse foreign policy leaders through its Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program.

Robina Franklin Williams interns are recruited year-round on a semester basis for positions in CFR’s New York and Washington, DC, offices. 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, the Corporate Program, the Washington Program, the Meetings Program and many more, including Foreign Affairs.

Robina Franklin Williams 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.

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. Robina Franklin Williams interns are also invited to participate in CFR’s annual Conference on Diversity in International Affairs and receive a fully funded trip to visit CFR’s location in New York or Washington, DC.

The Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program, supported by a generous gift from the Robina Foundation, CFR members, and family and friends of Franklin Williams, is named in honor of the late Ambassador Franklin H. Williams. 

Eligibility and How to Apply

CFR is committed to help make the foreign policy community in the United States more reflective of America as a whole and looks to identify the next generation of diverse foreign policy leaders through its Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program. CFR is an equal opportunity employer, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

CFR generally considers undergraduate and graduate students with majors in international relations, political science, economics, or a related field for its Robina Franklin Williams 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, research, and computers, as well as previous office experience. Interns must also be willing to commit to fourteen to eighteen hours per week.

CFR posts all internship opportunities on its website—in June for the fall semester, in October for the spring semester, and in February for the summer semester.

Interns are paid a competitive hourly wage.

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

About Ambassador Franklin H. Williams

Franklinn H WilliamsAmbassador Franklin H. Williams served as the U.S. ambassador to Ghana and was the chairman of the board of trustees of Lincoln University, one of the country’s historically black colleges. He was also a Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he made special efforts to encourage the nomination of African Americans to membership. 

Contact

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