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Welcome to the Council on Foreign Relations Career Opportunities homepage, where you can learn more about employment with our organization.

 

CFR offers exceptional opportunities for individuals at all levels in their careers, from recent graduates interested in our openings for Research Associates and Program Assistants for pursuing a career in international relations, to skilled professionals in a service area such as development or information services.

 

Below are links to current openings at the Council on Foreign Relations. CFR updates this section on a daily basis. The Council on Foreign Relations also offers paid internships for college students, graduate students, or recent graduates focusing on international relations or pursuing a career in foreign policy or a related field.


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Reporting to the Chief Investment Officer, the Investment Manager is part of a small, collaborative, high-performing, and diverse investment team of generalists. The position provides opportunities to have material impact on CFR’s growing, active investment program and mentorship from an experienced investment team. In addition, the position offers access to the broad range of activities and research work of the Council.   In this role, the individual will work closely with the Chief Investment Officer and Deputy Director of Investment Operations in the day-to-day oversight, management, and monitoring of the endowment portfolio as well as advising the Investment Committee in establishing risk and...
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The Global Communications and Media Relations department is responsible for positioning and promoting CFR and its scholars via the full spectrum of media, social media, marketing, and public relations. The Communications Assistant, based in CFR’s DC office, must have an excellent understanding of international issues, the media landscape, and CFR scholars and content, and how they relate to the news cycle. 
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The Council’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 work under the direction of the Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy.   This position is based in CFR’s New York office on a hybrid basis. CFR currently defines hybrid status as working at least three days a week onsite, with Tuesdays and...
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The Program Assistant, Independent Task Force Program and Executive Office, is responsible for supporting the work of the Independent Task Force Program team and the Executive Office. The position works closely with staff in these two areas. This role will primarily be onsite in CFR’s Washington, DC office.
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All who are selected to participate in CFR’s Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program receive training in the field of foreign policy and international affairs as well as skills training in writing, research, program planning, and much more.   The intern will support the work of the Senior Fellow for China and Indo-Pacific Studies and Director of the Initiative on China Strategy on issues relating to China and Taiwan.   CFR internships are paid, require a 14 - 18 hour commitment, and are filled on a rolling basis.   CFR’s summer...
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All who are selected to participate in CFR’s Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program receive training in the field of foreign policy and international affairs as well as skills training in writing, research, program planning, and much more. The DC Video intern will have the opportunity to learn more about publishing and editorial strategy. They will develop their skills in using journalistic databases, implementing online Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and online research for trending topics. The intern will build skills in working cohesively with a team, bolster their research and writing skills, and learn more about social media through training and practice. CFR internships are paid, require a...
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The Global Communications and Media Relations department is responsible for positioning and promoting CFR and Foreign Affairs via the full spectrum of media, marketing, and public relations. The Publications department, part of the David Rockefeller Studies Program, is responsible for editing and producing CFR’s print and online publications. The Assistant Editor will help support both departments while ensuring CFR style consistency across the institution.
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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 aims 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 David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and Environment.   This position is based in CFR’s Washington, DC office on a hybrid basis. CFR currently defines hybrid status as working at least three days a week onsite, with...
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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 aims 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 a fellow working on issues related to Japan, Korea, and the Asia-Pacific region.   This position is based in CFR’s Washington, DC office on a hybrid basis. CFR currently defines hybrid status as working at least three days a week onsite,...
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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 aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.   The Research Associate will work under the direction of the Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow for Africa Studies, focusing on U.S. foreign policy with respect to political and security issues, civil society, democracy, corruption, and religion in Sub-Saharan Africa.   This position is based in CFR’s Washington,...
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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 senior fellow and director of international economics in the areas of international economics, foreign policy, and history.   The start date for this position is July 2024. This position is based in CFR’s New York City office on...
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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 aims 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 three fellows, primarily focused on Europe. Areas of study include: Europe studies and areas of German and European foreign and security policy, transatlantic relations, Russia, European China policy, U.S. foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and European affairs.
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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 aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.   The Research Associate will work under the direction of the senior fellow on projects related to Korea Studies. This position is based in CFR’s New York office on a hybrid basis. CFR currently defines hybrid status as working at least three days a week onsite, with Tuesdays and Thursdays considered institutional anchor days where all staff are required to be...
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The Event Manager will provide support to the Event Operations team based out of the New York office. This is an on-site role.
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The headquarters of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is housed in the historic landmark Harold Pratt Mansion and state-of-the-art Peterson Conference Center. This combined space is used for several hundred meetings a year. The Associate Director, Building Maintenance will report to the Deputy Director, Building Operations and Engineering. The position will be responsible for managing daily maintenance and repair of all building systems and equipment, as well as for managing the maintenance of the facilities overall appearance. This will include hands on maintenance and repair work on HVAC, boiler, heating, refrigeration, water, and energy systems, etc., managing vendor relations and preparing RFP’s and bid analysis and...
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All who are selected to participate in CFR’s Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program receive training in the field of foreign policy and international affairs as well as skills training in writing, research, program planning and much more.   The Foreign Affairs, Marketing Design intern will learn the ins and outs of publishing and marketing a magazine. They will develop and deepen their graphic design skills for a reputable brand and will be exposed to marketing strategies, composing of digital operations, social media, analytics and more. The intern will also learn about niche marketing as we try to target specific communities. The intern will develop...
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CFR’s Blavatnik and Robina Franklin Williams internships give selected interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.   As Foreign Affairs pursues innovative ways to reach a larger audience for the magazine, it is rolling out projects focusing on editorial taxonomy, SEO Research and website optimization. The intern will learn about content optimization for Google as it relates to international politics and political science. The intern will also be exposed to the practical applications of categorization concepts, and apply them to ForeignAffairs.com's user experience.
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CFR’s Blavatnik and Robina Franklin Williams internships give selected interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.   The intern will be assisting with developing more robust guiding documents that will serve as the foundation for UX, development, and QA activities during the 2024 calendar year. They will also contribute to improving the organization and prioritization of product backlogs, setting the stage for more efficient planning and execution of projects.   CFR internships are paid, require a 14 - 18 hour commitment,...
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All who are selected to participate in CFR’s Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program receive training in the field of foreign policy and international affairs as well as skills training in writing, research, program planning and much more.   CFR’s podcast seeks to explain pressing IR issues to a new, wide audience. Under the umbrella of the Multimedia team, the podcast intern will prepare research briefings on episode topics, and aid in other logistical and production-related tasks.   CFR internships are paid, require a 14- 18 hour commitment, and are filled on a rolling basis.
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CFR’s Blavatnik and Robina Franklin Williams internships give selected interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.   The intern will help support the fellow's work by contributing to weekly social media research, in addition to other ad-hoc research tasks for certain case studies. The intern will build their knowledge on African history, politics, and economics.   CFR internships are paid, require a 14 - 18 hour commitment, and are filled on a rolling basis.
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All who are selected to participate in CFR’s Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program receive training in the field of foreign policy and international affairs as well as skills training in writing, research, program planning and much more.   The Council has an internship available in the Studies Department. The intern will assist the research associate and fellow with research, editing, and administrative tasks. The intern will gain firsthand experience with the tools scholars use to analyze U.S. foreign policy and its implications.   CFR internships are paid, require a 14 - 18 hour commitment, and...
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CFR’s Blavatnik and Robina Franklin Williams internships give selected interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.   The intern will work with the global governance team and will increase their understanding of international organization and current issues and debates on global governance. They will hone research, writing, and editing skills as well as develop skills in synthesizing large amounts of complex information into concise arguments. The intern will develop an understanding of a multistage publication production and launch process and develop large-scale event and planning...
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All who are selected to participate in CFR’s Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program receive training in the field of foreign policy and international affairs as well as skills training in writing, research, program planning, and much more.   The Global Communications and Media Relations department focuses on maximizing the presence of CFR in print, broadcast, and online media outlets and on promoting CFR’s roster of products, which includes on-the-record events, CFR books, Council Special Reports, Task Force reports, working papers, online publications and interactive features, and Foreign Affairs articles. The department also works to ensure that...
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All who are selected to participate in CFR’s Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program receive training in the field of foreign policy and international affairs as well as skills training in writing, research, program planning, and much more.   The intern will have the opportunity to improve knowledge of conflict-related trends by conducting research related to the Center for Preventive Action's (CPA) ongoing projects, including on regional conflicts and on great power competition and cooperation, and by attending events at the CFR and at other institutions in Washington, DC. In support of CPA's mission, the intern will develop writing and editing, event management,...
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The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to hire a fellow or senior fellow for technology, with the title depending on the successful candidate’s level of experience. The fellow will be expected to conduct original research on the challenges and opportunities that new technologies create for U.S. national security, economic policy, intelligence policy, and/or foreign policy, and to identify specific steps that policymakers should take in response. This is an extraordinary opportunity for someone looking to shape the national conversation on the intersection of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, quantum computing, or synthetic biology with America’s role in the world.
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