Notice: Due to COVID-19, CIR will determine whether to offer spring 2021 internships in January.

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).

Application Deadlines

IMPORTANT: Due to COVID-19, CIR is not accepting applications for fall 2020 internships. Check back with our website in January 2021 for spring internships.

Contact us!

If you have any questions regarding the internship application, please send an email inquiry to