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Minimum USD hourly rate: 17.50
Maximum USD hourly rate: 17.50


Company: Council on Foreign Relations


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 intern will develop high-level research skills in both Japanese and English as well as abilities to present the results of research. The intern will receive extensive feedback from the senior fellow and the supervisor, and gain professional skills as they interact with various guests including senior government officials, academics, journalists and business leaders.

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

CFR’s fall internship program gives interns the opportunity to choose whether to work in our office in a hybrid capacity (half in the office, and half remote), or on an offsite fully remote basis.

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

  • Conduct research as requested by the research associate and/or senior fellow on a variety of topics including Japan and Northeast Asia political debates, security, economy, and energy
  • Assist in logistical support for meetings, including but not limited to preparing distribution materials, helping with guest check-in, and guiding visitors during roundtables and other departmental events, under the supervisor’s direct supervision
  • Perform primary source research in Japanese and English, as needed


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in International Relations or Asia Studies
  • 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
  • Demonstrated background and interest in Japan
  • Strong research abilities
  • Policy and research oriented work experience is preferred
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, general research skills in database both in English and Japanese
  • Ability to conduct research in Japanese is preferred, but not required

Pay Rate

$17.50 per hour

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’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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