Council on Foreign Relations

Research Associate, Latin America

David Rockefeller Studies Program
New York


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 focuses on two general research areas: Latin America and international trade. Research on Latin America includes political and economic trends, crime and public security, energy, and immigration. The fellow’s work on international trade focuses on global supply chains and industrial policy.

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

  • Providing administrative support to the fellow, handling correspondence, scheduling, and responding to requests for information
  • Assisting the fellow with an upcoming book launch by contributing marketing materials and making travel arrangements
  • Researching specific areas for talks, articles, and other publications; assisting with the proofreading and editing of articles, book chapters, and other written material
  • Managing Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the fellow’s website
  • 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
  • Provide 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 understanding of economics
  • 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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