Franklin Williams Internship

Council on Foreign Relations
Washington, DC
Mar 06, 2017
Apr 01, 2017
Full Time

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) 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, CFR takes no institutional positions on matters of policy. CFR 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 CFR members to discuss and debate major international issues; supporting a Studies Program that fosters independent research, enabling CFR 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 is host to the widest possible range of views, and is committed to encouraging foreign policy debate that reflects diverse interests and perspectives. To help meet that objective, CFR consistently works to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the staff and membership. As part of that effort, CFR has established the Franklin Williams Internship.

Overview of the Franklin Williams Internship

The Franklin Williams Internship, named after the late Ambassador Franklin H. Williams, has been established for undergraduate and graduate students who have a serious interest in international relations. The internship is designed to develop the intern's knowledge and leadership abilities as a foundation for future work in the foreign policy arena.

Ambassador Williams had a long career of public service, including serving as the former American Ambassador to Ghana, as well as the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lincoln University, one of the country's historical black colleges. He was also a Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he made special efforts to encourage the nomination of African Americans to membership.

CFR will select individuals each term (fall, spring, and summer). The intern will be involved with program coordination, substantive and/or business writing, research, and budget management. In addition, the intern will be encouraged to attend the Council's extensive meetings programs and participate in informal internship training programs.

The selected intern will be required to make a part-time commitment of 16 - 21 hours per week and will be paid at an hourly rate.


Applications are accepted year-round, and there are no deadlines. Candidates should be currently enrolled in either an undergraduate program or in a graduate program in the area of international relations or a related field. They should have a record of high academic achievement, proven leadership ability, and previous related internship or work experience. Interested candidates should watch the website for the Franklin Williams internship postings. Once the internships have been filled, the postings will be removed from the website. Diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply to CFR, please send a resume and cover letter to the above address or e-mail CFR is an equal opportunity employer. Quality, diversity and balance are the key objectives sought in the composition of its workforce.

Follow CFR's Human Resources department on Twitter at @CFR_HR for updates on internship opportunities.

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