Council on Foreign Relations

  • Research Associate, Energy and U.S. Foreign Policy

    David Rockefeller Studies Program
    New York
  • Overview

    CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions. As part of the Studies Program, the research associate will support the work of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change. The research associate will provide full -time support to the Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change and David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow, focusing on the intersection of economics, markets, and geopolitics, in addition to short-term assignments as requested by the Studies program.

    The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

    • Providing research for books, articles, book chapters, and other publications, as requested
    • Providing logistical and administrative support, handling correspondence, scheduling, and responding to requests for information
    • Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
    • Supporting study group activities, including preparing meeting notices, travel arrangements, corresponding with members, helping prepare background papers and meeting transcripts and providing other logistical support
    • Managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
    • Tracking news and data sources
    • Assisting with the proofreading and editing of blogs, articles, book chapters, and other written material
    • Providing support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request


    • BA/BS in International Affairs, Economics, Environmental studies or other related quantitative field, with strong academic credentials
    • One or more year(s) related research and administrative experience
    • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
    • Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Outstanding mathematics, computer (particularly Excel modeling), writing, and research skills
    • Flexibility to adapt to a changing assignment and multitasking several projects at one time
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
    • Knowledge and/or interest in energy economics and/or clean energy technology preferred


    About CFR

    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 Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.


    The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.


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