Department: Southeast Asia Studies
Semester: Summer 2012
The Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. Founded in 1921, the Council takes no institutional positions on matters of policy. The Council carries out its mission by: maintaining a diverse membership, with special programs to promote interest and develop expertise in the next generation of foreign policy leaders; convening meetings at its headquarters in New York and in Washington, DC, and other cities where senior government officials, members of Congress, global leaders, and prominent thinkers come together with Council members to debate and discuss an debate major international issues; supporting a Studies Program that fosters independent research, enabling Council scholars to produce articles, reports, and books and hold roundtables that analyze foreign policy issues and make concrete policy recommendations; publishing Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy; sponsoring Independent Task Forces that produce reports with both findings and policy prescriptions on the most important foreign policy topics; and providing up-to-date information and analysis about world events and American foreign policy on its website, CFR.org
CFR’s volunteer internships give selected 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 responsibilities of the intern will include (but are not limited to):
- Research on Southeast Asia, especially Thailand, Laos, Burma, and Indonesia, and global human rights and democracy trends.
- Assisting with event planning and updating blog.
- Undergraduate, recent graduate, or graduate student with demonstrated background and interest in International Affairs or Asia Studies, particularly Southeast Asia, Human Rights, Democracy, , or Economics.
- Word processing and Internet research skills, including knowledge of academic research databases.
- Administrative or event planning experience
- Excellent attention to detail and strong background in writing and editing
- Enthusiastic attitude
- Human Resources
CFR internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basi