Franklin Williams Paid Internship

Organization: The Council on Foreign Relations

Posted: July 2015

Location: New York

Type: Fall 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 African American 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 two individuals each term (fall, spring, and summer) to work in the Council of Foreign Relations’ (CFR) New York City and Washington, D.C. offices.  The intern will be involved with tasks such as, program coordination, substantive and business writing, research, and budget management.  In addition, the intern will be encouraged to attend the CFR’s extensive meetings programs and participate in informal training designed to enhance management and leadership skills.

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


Applications are accepted on a term basis for both the New York and Washington, D.C. offices.  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.  Recent graduates will also be considered.  Candidates should have a record of high academic achievement, proven leadership ability, and previous related internship or work experience.

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.

Franklin Williams Internship

Founded in 1921, CFR is an independent national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that members, students, interested citizens, and government officials in the United States and other countries can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments.  CFR, which is headquartered in New York with an office in Washington, D.C., does this by: convening meetings where prominent thinkers debate and discuss the major issues of our time; conducting a wide-ranging studies program; publishing Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal covering international affairs and U.S. foreign policy; maintaining a diverse membership; sponsoring independent task forces; and providing up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on CFR’s award-winning 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 Internships.  Minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893


Global Health Volunteer Internship

Organization: The Council on Foreign Relations

Department: Global Health

Semester:  Fall 2015

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 the Senior Fellow for Global Health and will help to organize and run the daily activities of the office and participate in research as needed.

The volunteer duties of the interns will include (but are not limited to):

  • Maintaining online tools, fact checking and conducting research all related to outbreaks of diseases
  • Manage latest publications on Global Health
  • Provide editorial support for Fellow
  • Aiding with the logistical aspects of events and other various projects
  • Attending and staff general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits.


  • Undergraduate student focusing on International Affairs, Global Health, Public Health or a related field
  • Familiarity working in an office
  • Facility to navigate new interfaces, e.g. online trackers
  • Laboratory or biology experience is a plus
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office
  • Strong editing skills and research experience, and familiarity with scientific journal articles
  • Strong proofreading skills and attention to detail

CFR volunteer internships are unpaid and are filled on a rolling basis.

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 4,700+ 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,

Qualified candidates may email, fax, or mail their resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the below address.  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 Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893

The Fund for Global Human Rights Fall Internship

Undergraduate Fall Internship

The Fund for Global Human Rights is seeking an undergraduate intern for the fall of 2015 (start and end dates can be flexible). The intern and his or her supervisors will work together to design a work plan that complements the Fund’s needs and the intern’s interests, abilities, and desired career path. Since we are a relatively small organization, the intern will have the opportunity to observe and work in all departments and gain an understanding of how a non-profit foundation operates. The intern’s supervisors will also encourage him or her to search out and attend pertinent events in the area as part of the internship to complement their experience in the office. The desirable candidate will be able to work 15 – 20 hours per week. Work schedules can be flexible with school commitments. While this is an unpaid internship, we can work with students to gain academic credit for their internship experience.The intern’s responsibilities may include the following:

  • Research projects on programmatic topics
  • Writing projects with the development and communications teams
  • Conducting foundation and individual prospect research with the development team
  • Updating the Fund’s Salesforce Database
  • Preparation for board meetings
  • Organizing files and updating grantee records
  • Translating materials (depending on skill level)

We consider this to be a hands-on, active learning internship. As such, the intern’s work will be approximately 40 percent administrative. The Fund encourages international and minority students to apply. In general, the internship program is not open to graduate students or students who have already graduated as they are generally looking for something more substantive in nature.

Candidates should have a strong interest in human rights and/or international affairs, and should also be interested in learning about non-profit operations, communications, and fundraising. We are looking for someone who can readily handle multiple responsibilities, take the initiative, and take ownership of his or her work. Desirable candidates will display independence, maturity, and an understanding of strict confidentiality. We also value individuals with a strong attention to detail and the ability to follow through on projects. Experience working in a Microsoft Windows environment and language proficiency in Spanish, French, Thai, and/or Arabic is highly desirable.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To be considered for an internship, please submit the following materials:

1. A cover letter in which you state:

  • that you understand the internship is unpaid
  • where you found the internship posting
  • your specific dates of availability
  • the number of hours you will be able to work each week
  • why you would like to intern at the Fund, your specific interests related to human rights work, and your language abilities

2. A resume

3. The names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references

4. A short writing sample (no more than three pages) on a topic of your choice; a paper from an academic course is acceptable.

The deadline for applications is August 3, 2015. Please submit all application materials via email to


PhD Scholarships for Peace & Conflict Studies

Applications are invited for two 3-year PhD scholarships at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand.  Applications are due August 21st, 2015.

Applicants pursuing projects that build on the following existing strengths of the Centre are particularly encouraged to apply:

• Development and Peace Building

• Nonviolent movements and Pacifism

• Post Conflict Reconstruction: Transitional Justice, Reconciliation and Social Healing

• Peace Education

• Critical Peace Studies

• Arms Control and Disarmament

The scholarships will be funded through the University of Otago and provide an annual stipend of NZ$25,000 for up to 36 months (3 years). Please note the scholarships will cover tuition fees.

For more information please check out the link below.

Funding for Peace & Conflict Studies

Writing Internship

The Borgen Project


The Borgen Project offers a handful of telecommute internships that can be done from anywhere in the world. These positions operate independently, but must meet weekly deadlines, attend meetings via conference call and submit frequent reports. All positions are unpaid, but college credit is available.

Writer Internship
Location: Telecommute
Part-Time and Remote Allowed

The Borgen Project is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy. This is a 12-week, part-time, unpaid internship. The selected candidate will be able to work from home and pick their own schedule, but must meet weekly deadlines. Articles submitted will appear on BORGEN Magazine or The Borgen Project Blog.

– Write 3 articles per week.
– Research topics.
– Assist with advocacy efforts.
– Assist with fundraising. Create a personal fundraising campaign and meet targets.
– Attend national conference call every Monday at 5PM PST.

Qualifications: Strong research and writing skills. Must be able to work independently and meet deadlines with very little supervision. Experience writing SEO friendly content is helpful, but not required.

Intern with USAID



USAID offers both paid and unpaid internships for qualified students during the academic year.

We draw enthusiastic and forward-thinking interns from a wide variety of fields of study.

Interns generally work in one of USAID’s offices in Washington, D.C., supporting programs in fields such as economic growth, agriculture, education, health, environment, democracy and governance, conflict prevention, and humanitarian assistance.

Work as an Intern at USAID

The work assigned to an intern typically includes:

  • Research
  • Writing program memoranda
  • Drafting documents
  • Facilitating meetings and special events
  • Attending program discussions in the Agency, at the Department of State, or on Capitol Hill
  •  Communicating about program issues with USAID field Missions abroad, and with USAID’s many stakeholders and the general public

Paid Internship Opportunities

USAID offers two types of paid internships:

The first type allows current students to explore Federal careers through the internship, which offers valuable work experience directly related to your academic field of study. You may be eligible for permanent employment after successfully completing your education and meeting work requirements.

The second type provides work experience for current students in temporary jobs that do not convert to permanent employment.

To qualify for either program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be currently enrolled in a high school, two or four-year college,  or university, vocational/technical school, or other certificate program, on at least a half time basis
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, (students with lower GPAs may be eligible on a case-by-case basis)
  • Have good academic standing at your academic institution
  • Provide an official transcript of your grades
  • Be eligible for a security clearance

Volunteer Opportunities

USAID also sponsors unpaid internships for college and graduate students, depending on the needs of our geographic bureaus and technical offices.

To qualify for an unpaid internship, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be currently enrolled in a college or university
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Meet other qualifications as stated in the application

Current Available Internships

NOTICE: Student vacancies are advertised as they become available. If no vacancies are listed, then there are no vacancies. Please continue to check the website for open vacancies.

Internships in the Office of the Senior LGBT Coordinator

The Office of the Senior LGBT Coordinator is currently seeking interns.

Internships in the Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI)

The Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is currently seeking interns.

Internships in the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs

Information on internships with the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs is available at the LPA Internships page.

Internships in the Office of the General Counsel

General Counsel: Information on legal internships for law students is available at the Legal Internships page.

Internships in the Office of Transition Initiatives

The Office of Transition Initiatives is currently seeking volunteer student interns for spring, summer and fall 2015.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

University of Michigan’s Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and a stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. The priority is to encourage the study of less commonly taught modern languages. FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Michigan Area Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through annual fellowship competitions. The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) funds these awards under the provisions of Title VI of the Higher Education Act. The amount of funding and number of awards are contingent upon annual US/ED program approval, federal regulations, as well as continued congressional funding, all of which may change from year to year.

Eligible Languages

Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Filipino, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Nahuatl, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Quechua, Russian, Serbian, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Yiddish.

The languages listed above have been preapproved as eligible.  Restrictions may apply to certain languages.  Other languages may also be eligible.  Please see the appropriate information packet for more details.

Types of Fellowships and Information Packets

There are three different types of FLAS Fellowships: Graduate Academic Year, Undergraduate Academic Year, and Summer. Each has its own information packet. Please download and read the appropriate information packet for more details, application procedure, and materials required for application.  Check out the International Institute’s FLAS webpage for application deadlines and materials.