Monday, October 26, 2020

Paid Spring Internship, International Institutions and Global Governance (and others). with the Council on Foreign Relations


Position description

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.  For best consideration apply on the CFR  website by November 6. 

Spring semester internship opportunities are on a fully remote/virtual basis.

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.
  • Compile weekly briefs on developments of the ten issue areas covered by the CoC report card.
  • Assist with writing and editing content, including research memos and briefs, blog posts, book chapters, and other publications, as needed.
  • Assist with the social media presence and marketing strategy for the department, including drafting tweets and brainstorming outreach ideas, as needed.
  • Assist in logistical support for meetings, including but not limited to preparing distribution materials, helping with guest check-in, and guiding visitors during roundtables and other departmental events, under the supervisor’s direct supervision.
  • Attend relevant meetings and take notes to be shared with the research associate.
  • Track daily news reports that are relevant for the department.


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in international relations, political science, history, international law, global governance, human rights, or public policy
  • 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
Here are links to other Council on Foreign Relations spring internships: