South Asia Studies Volunteer Internship

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Position Description 

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.

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Research and analysis of security, political, economic, and social developments in South Asia, with a primary focus on Pakistan, Afghanistan,and India.
  • Work will contribute to the department's ongoing research and writing projects; there are also opportunities for independent research
  • Monitor pertinent current events and brief senior fellow and research associate.
  • Attend and take notes at relevant South Asia-focused events around D.C., including at think tanks, universities, and government offices.
  • Assist with logistical and administrative duties as needed.

Eligibility and Requirements 

  • Undergraduate student with a concentration in international relations,
  • U.S. foreign policy, security studies, strategic studies, South Asia studies, or similar area. 
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Close attention to detail
  • Relevant language skills (e.g., Hindi, Urdu) preferred, but not required
  • CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis. 

Application Instructions  

Please email, mail, or fax a resume, cover letter and two writing samples, including position name, days, and times available to work to the Human Resource Office at the address below. 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. 

Council on Foreign Relations

Human Resources Office1777 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006FAX (202)