Research Associates and Program Assistants

Recent graduates are generally hired as research associates or program assistants in the New York or Washington, DC, offices.

CFR generally considers candidates with a degree in international relations or a related field and high academic achievement. Regional specialization and language skills may also be required for some positions. In addition to the academic requirements, applicants should have related work and/or internship experience, with exceptional administrative, research, writing, and computer skills.

There is no typical day at CFR. However, responsibilities may include:

  • handling the logistics for an event;
  • editing and proofreading a manuscript;
  • researching and assisting with the development of the conceptual framework for an upcoming meeting or conference;
  • drafting grant proposals;
  • providing administrative support.

Research associates and program assistants will have the chance to hear from experts, including scholars, government officials, corporate executives, top journalists, and young, upcoming leaders, on the most important foreign-policy issues of our time by attending CFR meetings. CFR also offers opportunities to further the staff’s professional development through a lunch speaker series for staff, a Professional Development training program, a tuition reimbursement policy, and free CFR publications. Click here to learn more about benefits offered by the Council.

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