Internship (International Institutions and Global Governance) Spring 2022

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸



All who are selected to participate in CFR’s Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program receive training in the field of foreign policy and international affairs as well as skills training in writing, research, program planning, and much more.

The 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.

CFR internships are paid, require a 14 – 18 hour commitment, and are filled on a rolling basis. Spring 2022 internships will begin on a remote basis with a possibility of limited onsite work. However, it will be possible to participate in the program on a fully-remote basis as well.

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Conduct research as requested by the research associate and/or fellow on a variety of topics including projects related to IIGG publications, including Council Special Reports (CSRs), World Political Review articles, and Internationalists blogs
  • Proofread publications as required
  • Assist with the social media presence and marketing strategy for the department, including drafting tweets and brainstorming outreach ideas, as needed
  • Assist in activities related to the Council of Councils (CoC) initiative
  • Track daily news reports that are relevant for the department


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in international relations, global governance, public policy, history, environmental policy, human rights, or other related field
  • 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
  • Prior coursework or relevant experience in issues related to international institutions and global governance
  • Previous research, editing, or relevant internship experience a plus
  • Previous social media experience preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Word, Excel, and Office

About CFR

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR’s 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,

CFR’s Internship Program is made possible through the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Robina Foundation, CFR members, and the family and friends of Franklin Williams.

The Council on Foreign Relations is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Quality, diversity, and balance are the key objectives sought by the Council on Foreign Relations in the composition of its workforce.




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