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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 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.

CFR internships are paid, require a 14 – 18 hour commitment, and are filled on a rolling basis.

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

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

  • Assisting Publications department with all stages of CFR publications processes
  • Editing and proofreading projects
  • Providing maintenance and supporting the editorial oversight of CFR webpages and partner websites
  • Assisting with other tasks as needed
  • Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits


  • Undergraduate student focusing on international relations, journalism, English, literature, or related field
  • Students 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
  • Strong interest in publishing, and background in editing, writing, and research
  • Experience working with a school newspaper/journal or in an office setting preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Chicago style, and conducting internet research
  • Strong attention to detail and personal initiative
  • Ability to work under pressure, both independently and as a member of a team

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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