Research Associate, International Economics


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 spend half of his/her time supporting the Steven A. Tananbaum Distinguished Fellow for International Economics on the area of finance, international economics, and foreign policy. The research associate will also support the work of other programs within the Studies Program.

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

  • Researching specific areas as requested by the fellows for articles, book chapters, and other publications
  • 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 fellows
  • Assisting with managing budgets, including preparing budgets, tracking monthly statements, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Assisting fellows with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook, etc., as needed
  • Providing support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request


  • Bachelor's degree in economics or related field with strong academic credentials. Master's degree preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven interest in global financial markets, the digital economy, and economic policy required
  • Administrative and/or internship experience
  • Strong research, proofreading, and editing skills
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills
  • Knowledge of MS Word and Excel, and preferably experience with ProQuest and similar research database

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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