Council on Foreign Relations

Research Associate, Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program

David Rockefeller Studies Program
New York


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.


The Research Associate will work under the direction of Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program (DCP).

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

• Assisting with the proofreading and editing of DCP content, including blog posts and policy briefs.
• Researching specific areas as requested by the fellow. Tracking news and data sources on cybersecurity, information operations, data privacy, digital trade, and internet governance. Assisting with data collection for cybersecurity tracker.
• Providing administrative support to the fellow, including answering telephones, handling correspondence, and responding to media requests.
• Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, making travel arrangements, scheduling, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support.
• Assisting in managing program finances, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement.
• Assisting the fellow with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook, etc., as needed.
• Providing support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request.


• BA degree in International Relations, Political Science, Computer Science or a related field, with high academic credentials
• Strong research, editing and proofreading skills
• One year of related administrative and/or internship experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Outlook
• Experience with budget management 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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