Volunteer Internship, Foreign Affairs, Publishing Business

Hours per week

16-21 hours per week



Start Date


End Date



58 East 68th Street
New York
New York
United States



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 Foreign Affairs Publishing Department has a strong focus on marketing the magazine to educators, students, foreign policy associations and other non-profit organizations. Foreign Affairs produces academic resources such as Foreign Affairs Books and Custom Textbooks. These titles are used by professors in International Relations, Foreign Policy, and International Political Economy from universities and colleges in the U.S. and Canada. The internship offers an exciting opportunity to learn about marketing, outreach, and academic publishing at the preeminent journal of international affairs.


CFR volunteer internships are unpaid, require a 16-21 hour commitment, and are filled on a rolling basis.  

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

  • Researching marketing and sales opportunities for the magazine in higher education, including corresponding with educators who use Foreign Affairs in the classroom
  • Organizing special mailings of Foreign Affairs for publicity purposes
  • Assist with financial operations of the magazine, researching web usability and marketing strategies
  • Assist in ongoing social media and digital marketing efforts for the brand, develop and report on search engine marketing campaigns


  • Undergraduate student with educational concentration in business, marketing, political science, communications, media studies, journalism, or other related field
  • Strong interest in the business side of publishing a must. Previous publishing and/or media experience a plus
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Detail oriented and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong communication, writing, and customer service skills

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.org.

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.