Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F Street NW, Washington DC 20006
humanresources (at) cfr (dot) org
Department: External Affairs
Semester: Spring 2012
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, 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, CFR carries out its mission by maintaining a diverse membership, with special programs to promote interest and develop expertise in the next generation of foreign policy leaders; convening meetings at its headquarters in New York and in Washington, DC, and other cities where senior government officials, members of Congress, global leaders, and prominent thinkers come together with CFR members to discuss and debate major international issues; supporting a Studies Program that fosters independent research, enabling CFR scholars to produce articles, reports, and books and hold roundtables that analyze foreign policy issues and make concrete policy recommendations; publishing Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy; sponsoring Independent Task Forces that produce reports with both findings and policy prescriptions on the most important foreign policy topics; and providing up-to-date information and analysis about world events and American foreign policy on its website,CFR.org.
CFR's volunteer internships give selected interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.
The Washington External Affairs team comprises 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 House and Senate chiefs of staff, breakfast meetings for new members of Congress, and other on-demand briefings. The program is responsible for distribution of CFR publications and other relevant materials to Capitol Hill. The diplomatic and executive branch initiatives provide U.S. policymakers and foreign officials access to CFR publications, reports, and invitations to select on-the-record CFR meetings. External Affairs also produces regular eNewsletters tailored specifically for the executive branch, Congress, and diplomatic community.
The responsibilities of the intern will include (but are not limited to):
Assist External Affairs in outreach efforts to Congress, the Executive Branch, and the diplomatic community
Help manage an extensive database
Distribute publications, both electronically and by hand delivery when necessary
Provide logistical support for External Affairs events by attending and staffing meetings
Must be available Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week
Academic major in International Relations, U.S. Policy, International Relations or Politics
Prior internship experience, preferably involving the U.S. Congress or the executive branch
Proficiency in MS Word and Excel
Ability to multi-task and work well on a team
CFR internships are unpaid. A modest stipend is offered upon completion of the internship.
humanresources (at) cfr (dot)org
Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the above address. 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.