Council on Foreign Relations

Research Associate, Global Governance

David Rockefeller Studies Program


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.


As part of the Studies Program, the research associate will support the work of the senior fellow for global governance.

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

  • Providing administrative support to the senior fellow, including scheduling appointments, handling phone calls and media requests, making travel arrangements, and drafting correspondence
  • Researching specific areas, including international institutions and global commons, , for a book, as well as for articles, opinion pieces, Council reports, and other publications, as requested by the senior 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
  • Assisting with the drafting, proofreading, and editing of written material
  • Assisting in managing budgets, including tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information, writing reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, 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, as needed
  • Provide support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in a relevant discipline, such as international relations, political science, or related social sciences field, with high academic achievement.
  • Expertise on a broad array of multilateral institutions and global issues
  • Proven ability to handle a wide breadth of concepts and issue areas
  • 1+ year related research and administrative experience
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, and internet research
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
  • Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail

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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