Council on Foreign Relations

Research Associate, International Political Economy

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’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 support the work of the fellow for international political economy in the areas of finance, international economics, international political economy, and foreign policy. The research associate will also support the work of other programs within the Studies Program.

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

  • Researching specific areas as requested by the fellow for articles, book chapters, and other publications
  • 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
  • Providing administrative support to the fellow
  • Assisting with managing budgets, including preparing budgets, tracking monthly statements, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Assisting 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


  • Bachelor's degree in economics or related field with strong academic credentials. Master's degree preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven interest in global financial markets, the digital economy, natural resource and climate security, and/or economic policy required
  • Administrative and/or internship experience
  • Strong research, proofreading, and editing skills
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills
  • Knowledge of MS Word and Excel
  • Working proficiency with one or more East Asian languages is highly desired.


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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