Career Spotlight: Council on Foreign Relations Summer Virtual Internship

Are you driven by a diplomatic ideology? Do you wish to contribute to a think tank specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs, so you can make an impact on world affairs?

For a centennial, The Council of Foreign Relations has aligned with the same purpose of encouraging participation in foreign policy issues. With various summer internship positions open, you can be a part of that impact. Gain a rewarding experience as a Council of Foreign Relations intern!

What is the Council on Foreign Relations?

As an independent nonpartisan membership organization, since 1921, The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has been dedicated to informing the public about foreign policy decisions impacting the United States and worldwide. From educators and students to business executives and civic/religious leaders, the CFR has been a resource with providing relevant information and analysis on world events and American foreign policy through publishing its Foreign Affairs magazine, sponsoring research and policy prescriptions (Independent Task Force), and supporting programs that encourage scholars to probe foreign policy topics and provide policy recommendations.

Interning at the Council on Foreign Relations

The Council on Foreign Relations is offering professional development training as a foundation for future work in the field of foreign policy and international affairs. While their headquarters are in New York, all summer internships will be on a remote/virtual basis.

Gain professional experience in a diverse and inclusive environment with leading foreign policy experts in fields such as Communication, Business, Marketing, Public Policy, Political Science, English, Digital Marketing, Computer Science, etc. All majors are encouraged to apply.

CFR’s Summer 2021 Internship is available on Handshake. To get a sense of the exciting opportunities available, some internships include:

Digital and Cyberspace Policy Summer Internship

CFR Digital, Editorial Summer Internship

Global Communications and Media Relations Summer Internship

Congress & U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Internship

The CFR Internship provides their interns with a challenging workload to hone their skills and expertise in different projects. As a well-respected organization, interns have the chance to contribute to published material and work on large research project, which will really look great on the resume!

Interns have many professional development opportunities open to them including weekly intern events and skill-focused workshops, lectures from politicians and influential political scholars, and permission to attend Council meetings and other international relations events.

Tips for Applicants

The Council on Foreign Relations offers paid positions for graduate/undergraduate students who:

  • Have completed the equivalent of 4 semesters of college coursework (not including AP classes in high school) by the time they begin an internship
  • Are proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Can commit to 14-18 hours of work

As prospective applicants, the CFR expects students to show interest in the field in which they are applying or have some experience that could be implemented into the desired department. The best way to do this is to display your abilities, assets, and experiences through your resume and cover letter. Be sure to mention coursework and class projects that have prepared you for the internship. Highlight any campus and community involvement to show your leadership and civic engagement. Describe previous internships and jobs by emphasizing transferrable skills and accomplishments to show the extent of your capabilities.

The Center for Career Development is ready to help every step of the way with a resume and cover letter critique and practice interview session to help you to stand out in the process. Visit the Center for Career Development and make an appointment through Handshake.

The deadline to apply is May 10th, 2021

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By Andrea Gonzalez

By Andrea Gonzalez
Andrea Gonzalez