Corporate Program Volunteer Intern – Council on Foreign Relations – Washington, DC


Department: Corporate Program

Semester: Spring 2015

CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer 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 Corporate Program, the Council’s primary point of contact with the private sector, enlists the business community’s participation in and support of the Council’s activities, where executives from corporate member companies have the opportunity to interact with and gain insights from leading thinkers and practitioners in government, policy, academia, and business. Corporate members include more than 160 U.S. and non-U.S. firms representing a wide range of business sectors, including financial services, law, manufacturing, consulting, technology, media, and others.

By providing support for the Corporate Program, the volunteer intern will gain exposure to leading global companies and economic and political issues affecting international business while building important business skills.

The volunteer duties of the intern will include:

  • Assisting staff with corporate member outreach, business development, and programming for executives from corporate member companies.
  • Participating in the research and administration of roundtables, meetings, and conference calls, including making follow-up phone calls to invitees, staffing events, drafting correspondence, and preparing meeting materials.
  • Researching relevant business and policy issues, and preparing company background briefs.
  • Maintaining accurate Corporate member records and marketing materials.


  • Undergraduate student (preferred) with a concentration in Business, International Relations, or Economics.
  • Experience in a corporate environment preferred; prior administrative and research experience required
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong computer skills; proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Superior telephone etiquette

The intern will report to the managing director, corporate affairs, and work closely with the program associate, corporate affairs.

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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 4,700+ 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, [[|]].


How to apply

Please email, mail or fax a resume, cover letter and two writing samples INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the Human Resource Office at 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.

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