Council on Foreign Relations

Assistant Editor, David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs
New York


Founded in 1922, Foreign Affairs is the preeminent publication on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. It is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which is a leading independent, nonprofit membership organization and nonpartisan center dedicated to producing and disseminating foreign policy ideas.

The Assistant Editor has substantial responsibilities and is involved in all aspects of Foreign Affairs’ editorial process. Previous assistant editors have gone on to careers in a variety of fields, including journalism, academia, and government. The position lasts for one year, starting as early as June. The position will be offered on a hybrid basis.

The deadline to apply is February 3, 2023.

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

  • Reviewing submissions
  • Generating article ideas
  • Fact-checking articles
  • Assisting with various tasks throughout the editorial process
  • Assisting with special projects (including podcasting), social media, and events
  • Editing articles, with oversight from senior editors, for the website and print edition


  • BA in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, History, English, Journalism, or a related field, with high academic achievement

  • Strong writing and editing skills in English

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • The ability to work efficiently and independently

  • A familiarity with Foreign Affairs’ content

  • Demonstrated interest in international relations and global news


Pay Range

$48,000 to $51,000 per year
Pay commensurate with experience and education



In addition to a resume and cover letter, you will need to submit two writing samples (compiled in a single PDF and no longer than 20 pages total). As for what to choose for your writing samples, we recommend picking your strongest work, no matter the topic. At least one sample should consist of writing that was NOT edited or published by an outlet.

Once you begin your application, there will be instructions in the QUESTIONS section explaining how to submit these additional materials.

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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