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Internship, Global Communications and Media Relations, Summer

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 Global Communications and Media Relations department focuses on maximizing the presence of CFR in print, broadcast, and online media outlets and on promoting CFR’s roster of products, which includes on-the-record events, CFR books, Council Special Reports, Task Force reports, working papers, online publications and interactive features, andForeign Affairsarticles. The department also works to ensure that CFR experts are visible in the news media.

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

  • Running press registration at weekly on-the-record events about foreign policy issues

  • Monitoring and reporting weekly media mentions

  • Fielding daily press inquiries and helping to book expert interviews (including tv, radio, podcast, print, and online)

  • Conducting research and building targeted press outreach lists for books and other reports

  • Conducting research and building press lists for newsletters, podcasts, and newspaper

  • Undergraduate student with a concentration in international relations, political science, journalism, PR/marketing, or public affairs

  • Previous internship experience in at media organizations, think thanks, non-profit organizations, NGO's or PR firms preferred

  • Previous experience working on a college paper/journal preferred

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, as well as social media channels and research databases

  • Ability to multitask and work well collectively in a fast-paced environment

  • A demonstrated interest in media relations and public affairs, or foreign policy/international affairs and global issues preferred

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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