SUMMER 2021 Council on Foreign Relations Global Health Studies Internship

The Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, non-partisan membership organization dedicated to informing the public of foreign policy. 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. CFR’s Blavatnik and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Programs provide 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 gain essential skills in research and writing, focused on recent development in global health and development. They will also gain skills in program planning and event management for the Global Health, Economics, and Development Roundtable series. Internships are paid and require 14-18 hours of commitment per week. Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic all Summer 2021 internships will operate remotely.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


  • Conducting research as requested by the research associate and/or fellow on a variety of topics such as multilateral institutions, local, regional, and international response to COVID-19; national health legislation and funding; and non-communicable diseases for several health-related publications and data interactives
  • Assist with writing and editing content, including research memos and briefs, blog posts, book chapters, and other publications, as needed
  • Assist in logistical support for meetings, including but not limited to preparing distribution materials and helping with guest check-in during roundtables and other departmental events, under the supervisor’s direct supervision
  • Contribute to Think Global Health through writing, editing, and promotional efforts
  • Track daily news reports that are relevant for the department


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in global health, international development, economics, or 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
  • Previous research or relevant internship experience preferred
  • Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Office Suite
  • Data analysis/visualization skills (R, Stata, etc) are a plus, but not required

For more information and to apply, click here.

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