Internships

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) recognizes the importance of gaining work experience in international affairs. As one of New Mexico’s premier internationally-focused organizations, CIR strives to provide internship opportunities for high school and university students. Applications are welcome from both U.S. and international students and CIR does not discriminate on the basis of age, sexual orientation, disability, gender, ethnicity, or religion. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are CIR interns paid? Unfortunately, all internship positions are unpaid.

How many hours per week do interns work? It depends. High school interns typically work between 5-20 hours per week. Weekly hours and work days will be scheduled at the start of the internship and are usually flexible. College interns are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week and depending on the program, may be expected to contribute 40 hours per week.

Do interns have to be currently enrolled in a high school or college program? No. Applications are welcome from individuals currently enrolled in a high school or college program, have recently graduated, or have been out of school for less than 5 years.

If I attend a school outside New Mexico, am I still eligible to apply for a CIR internship? Yes! However, for CIR’s High School and College Education Program, preference will be given to students attending a high school or college located in New Mexico.

Does CIR provide housing or assist in locating housing for summer interns? No. CIR is unable to provide housing for summer interns. Housing and transportation are the responsibility of each intern.

Are CIR internships competitive? Yes. CIR receives many more internship applications than internship positions available. Fall and spring internships are less competitive than summer internships.

Will CIR provide feedback, detailing why an application was rejected? No. CIR is not in the position to provide feedback on rejected applications. It is a competitive process, with many qualified and remarkable students applying for one or two available positions. That being said, please ensure applications are complete before submitting and carefully follow all instructions in the application.

Does CIR only offer summer internships? No, CIR accepts interns throughout the year.

  • Summer internships typically begin in May and end in August.
  • Fall internships typically begin in August and end in December (usually part-time to accommodate school schedules).
  • Spring internships typically begin in January and end in May (usually part-time to accommodate school schedules).

Internship Applications

Interns will be selected to work on the International Visitors Program or the High School and College Education Program. As requirements and expectations differ between the two programs, applicants must complete the application specific to that program. Applicants are welcome to submit an application for each program. If the applicant is selected by both programs, the applicant must choose which offer to accept.


International Visitor Program. The intern(s) will report to the Program Officer for International Visitors and will assist in the following tasks: writing proposals for future IV programs; escorting IVs to professional meetings around northern New Mexico; assisting the Program Officer in additional tasks, as required.

Access the International Visitor Program Internship application here.


High School and College Education Programs. The intern(s) will report to CIR’s Program Officer for Education, and will assist in the following tasks: program development, reporting, and implementation.

Application Deadlines

The priority deadline to apply for Summer 2020 internships is April 1, 2020. The final deadline is June 1, 2020.

  • Priority deadline: submitting an application by the priority deadline does NOT guarantee an internship position, but applications received by April 1, 2020 will be reviewed first and if CIR identifies suitable intern candidates, they may fill all available internship positions.
  • Final deadline: applications received after June 1, 2020 will not be reviewed.

Contact us!

If you have any questions regarding the internship application, please send an email inquiry to internships@sfcir.org.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE CIR OFFICE WITH INTERNSHIP INQUIRIES AND/OR APPLICATION QUESTIONS.