Council on Foreign Relations

Research Associate, National Security

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

  • Researching specific areas for articles, book chapters, and other publications, as requested by the fellow
  • 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, handling correspondence, scheduling, and responding to requests for information
  • Tracking news and data sources
  • Assisting in managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and drafting reports and requests, 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, etc., as needed
  • Provide support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request


  • Degree in history, international relations, politics or a related field; demonstrated high academic credentials
  • Advanced degree a plus
  • 1+ years related internship and administrative experience
  • Excellent research skills and experience; experience with archival research a plus
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to effectively proofread and edit
  • Highly organized with the proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, and the internet
  • Foreign language fluency a plus

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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