Fall 2019 Internships

Council on Foreign Relations

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 Council has a volunteer internship available in the Studies Department. The volunteer intern will report to a fellow in the studies department and will assist the fellow with research, writing, and editing. The volunteer intern will gain firsthand experience with the tools scholars use to analyze economic policy questions.

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

• Reading and synthesizing news articles, oral histories, biographies, and memoirs

• Writing profiles of leading figures in venture capital and proposing new angles for research

• Remaining up-to-date on developments in Silicon Valley venture capital, compiling periodic news briefs, and reading relevant columns

• Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits

• Undergraduate student with background in economics, political economy, history, sociology, or related field

• Experience in research, writing, and editing

• Demonstrated interest in historical research and/or journalism

• Strong Microsoft Office skills; citation management experience a plus

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,


The Economist-Public Policy Intern

Currently, the EIU is seeking is a full-time intern for our New York or Washington DC offices. Part-time arrangements may be considered.

As an Intern in the Public Policy Consulting team, you will work closely with experienced individuals from both inside The Economist Intelligence Unit, and our clients, to assist in the delivery of impactful, evidence-based programs that support client goals in policy advocacy, thought leadership, and internal decision-making.

How you will contribute:

+ Support multiple project activities including literature reviews, data audits, quantitative analysis and expert interviews

+ Participate in and prepare for client meetings

+ Develop final deliverables for projects including PowerPoints and reports

+ Support proposal and other business development activities

Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills for this role are:

+ Candidates currently enrolled in a master's degree program or recent graduates with 1-2 years of work experience are preferred

+ Intellectual curiosity with a strongly developed analytical mindset

+ An ability to work with designated project plans on set deadlines while demonstrating good time management skills

+ Quantitative research experience a plus

+ Strong written and verbal communication skills to effectively interact with clients and internal stakeholders


New York City Economic Development Corporation

NYCEDC’s Development Department spearheads NYCEDC and interagency efforts on complex planning and development projects which advance the City’s competitiveness, enhancing New York City as a place to live, work and visit through promoting a diverse economic base; fostering vibrant, livable and accessible neighborhoods; executing keystone economic development projects; leveraging diverse waterfront assets for economic, recreational and resiliency uses; and supporting and expanding the City’s freight, maritime aviation and transportation networks. Specifically, Development works to identify strategic locations for public involvement and/or investment; develop and facilitate appropriate planning and community outreach processes; and shape land use and development.

As an NYCEDC intern you will help with advancing large scale catalytic developments, drive comprehensive neighborhood planning, maintain quality jobs today and grow innovative jobs for tomorrow. Sound exciting? Apply now!

Internship: Spend the fall semester as an intern working approximately 21 hours per week with flexible start and end dates. Applicants should be prepared to start as soon as possible. You will be paired with a manager who will help guide you and show you the ropes!


• Work with interdisciplinary teams to support large-scale planning and development efforts.

• Provide support in the implementation of public outreach processes, including providing administrative and staffing support for events, workshops, charrettes, meetings, and other professional and public forums.

• Assist in the preparation of a wide variety of materials to support project teams including graphics, maps, presentations, web content, narratives, and other materials.

• Interact with administrative support departments and other project implementation stakeholders.

• Assist the Department in building and maintaining relationships with governmental and quasi-governmental entities; real estate and business groups; civic & community organizations; cultural and professional organizations; and advocacy groups.

• Other duties as assigned.


• Passion for public service and New York City.

• Undergraduate degree.

• Proven ability to work independently.

• Strong interpersonal, written, verbal and analytical skills.

• Experience with public outreach processes and communications with community stakeholders.

• Experience with developing content for websites, reports, and other media.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

• Impressive academic and extracurricular qualifications, consistently strong performance, and a passion for innovation and success.

• An ability to work and communicate well in a fast paced environment while interacting with a wide variety of people.

• Teamwork and problem-solving skills, a willingness to accept responsibility, ask tough questions, and have a solutions oriented approach.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Some graduate level academic work preferred in urban planning, architecture, geography, real estate, public policy, business, law, housing finance, or a related field.

• Demonstrated interest in economic or community planning and development.

• Understanding and interest in urban planning, infrastructure and economic development issues, including real estate development and finance.

• Demonstrated entrepreneurial and leadership skills, including interpersonal and public speaking skills.

• Graphic design, mapping, presentation, and geo-analytical skills preferred, but not required.

• Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS preferred, but not required.