Council on Foreign Relations

  • Research Associate, Latin America

    David Rockefeller Studies Program
    New York
  • Overview

    The Council’s Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff.  The Studies Program’s aim is to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.


    The Research Associate will report to the Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies.  The Fellow’s current work examines general themes relating to Latin America and the Western Hemisphere, including political and economic trends, crime and public security, energy, immigration, and the U.S. Hispanic population, with a significant portion of the work focusing on economic, social, and political developments in Mexico.  The Fellow’s work also analyzes international trade and global supply chains.

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

    • Researching specific areas for articles, blog posts, and other publications; assisting with the proofreading and editing of blog posts, articles, book chapters, and other written material
    • Providing research support for a book project on international trade and supply chains
    • Providing administrative support to the Fellow, handling correspondence, scheduling, and responding to requests for information
    • Assisting the Fellow with social media outreach,  including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, Facebook, etc., as needed
    • Tracking news and data sources
    • 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
    • Assisting in managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
    • Providing support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request


    • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Political Science, Economics and/or Latin America Studies, with high academic credentials
    • Reading, writing, and speaking fluency in the Spanish language
    • Working knowledge of Portuguese, a plus
    • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
    • Strong organizational and program planning skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
    • Interest and experience in social media

    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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