Career Opportunities

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 volunteer internships for college students, graduate students, or graduates focusing on international relations or pursuing a career in foreign policy or a related field.

Please click on How to Apply for more information on how to submit your application.

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Video Producer


Location: New York or Washington Salary Rate: Based on education and experience Type: Full Time Department: CFR Digital

The Council on Foreign Relations is looking for a video and storytelling professional to join our award-winning Digital team to conceptualize, create, and produce video segments, video series, and innovative rich media pieces for our websites and various distribution channels.

The candidate will have experience writing, producing, and designing web video explainers, documentaries, short form social videos, and motion graphics in both linear and interactive storytelling formats. Strong research, writing, design, and video editing experience is required.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and produce video segments and series for various CFR outlets
  • Write interview questions, video scripts, and substantive outlines
  • Facilitate on-camera appearances and conduct interviews
  • Design and implement video stories with rich motion graphics
  • Manage day-to-day production schedule, track, and communicate deliverables to the Deputy Director, Multimedia
  • Work with in-house A/V professionals and external vendors
  • Research photo and footage needs, and work with vendors to negotiate licensing terms
  • Train colleagues on rich media storytelling, sound editing, and photo editing, and help manage podcast productions
  • Produce short video assets for media requests

Qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience as a video producer/journalist
  • Strong familiarity with international affairs and foreign news coverage
  • BA in journalism, international affairs or a related field; advanced degree a plus
  • Strong understanding and demonstration of a range of storytelling approaches
  • Experience conducting interviews and writing scripts for video
  • Experience working in a deadline-driven newsroom environment, sometimes outside of business hours
  • Must be able to synthesize complicated ideas/stories into understandable short form video
  • Strong technical skills, including video and audio production, design, editing, and shooting video experience directing multi-camera studios a plus
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse team and manage cross-departmental needs
  • Mastery of Adobe Premiere and After Effects
  • Proficiency with the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite including Audition, Photoshop, and Illustrator

Please include a link to samples of your best work as well as three video pitches that are appropriate for our audience.

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, CFR.org.

CFR offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including generous leave policies and health insurance programs, an award-winning health and wellness initiative including an on-site fitness center, and professional development training.

Qualified candidates should email or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address below. PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Human Resources Coordinator


Location: New York Salary Rate: Based on education and experience Type: Full Time Department: Human Resources

As an integral part of the Human Resources team, the Human Resources Coordinator will focus on the New York internship program, campus ambassador program, recruitment, and staff events in addition to other generalist duties. 

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

  • Coordinating CFR’s internship program including recruitment, scheduling, and intern event planning for the fall, winter, and summer semesters, while always conceptualizing new programs, events, and materials for the internship program
  • Supporting the full life cycle recruitment process for internships and a variety of positions which include: drafting, updating and posting position announcements, partnering with hiring managers, identifying recruitment sources, screening and interviewing candidates and referrals, conducting reference checks, extending offers, and following up with candidates
  • Maintaining all recruitment marketing materials for both full-time and internship positions
  • Working with CFR’s Education department on executing CFR’s Campus Ambassador Program
  • Providing support for a wide array of training seminars and staff events, such as brown bag lunches, CFR’s junior staff professional development program, employee activities, and holiday events
  • Partnering with the director and associate director on other priorities as needed
  • Periodically support Reception Services, including greeting and announcing visitors, responding to guest inquiries, and answering calls

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years HR experience, with proven experience in traditional and social media recruitment
  • Experience in a high profile organization preferred
  • Degree in related field, with high academic credentials
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with outstanding editing skills and strong attention to detail
  • Exceptional organizational skills, along with strong follow-through skills
  • Must be flexible, results oriented, and a team player
  • Ability to work flexible and periodic long hours

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, CFR.org.

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.

Qualified candidates should email or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.  

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Interdepartmental Program Assistant


Location: New York Salary Rate: Based on education and experience Type: Full Time Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

The Interdepartmental Program Assistant is part of the Human Resources department, reports to the Associate Director, Human Resources, and is assigned to work Reception Services and in departments that request help with general duties and deadlines.  The position is an excellent introduction to the operations of the CFR and may lead to promotion, depending on availability of positions and job performance.

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

  • Perform reception duties at Reception Services, including greeting and announcing visitors and answering CFR’s high volume switchboard
  • Checking in guests for meetings and assisting with events logistics
  • Substituting for a staff member who is out of the office, including handling event coordination, Microsoft office work, and possibly proofreading, editing, research and business writing
  • Assisting a department that is working on a deadline or is preparing for a large event or conference
  • Assisting in the Human Resources department, including staff event support and recruitment support, as needed

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations or related area with high academic achievement
  • Related administrative and office experience
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Strong writing, research, and organizational skills
  • Flexibility to adapt to a changing schedule and work on multiple assignments at once
  • Availability to work overtime

 

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, CFR.org.

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.

Qualified candidates should email or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.  

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Production Design Associate


Location: New York Salary Rate: Based on education and experience Type: Part Time Department: CFR Digital

CFR Digital is seeking a Production Design Associate to support the Design Director with various projects within the digital functions of CFR. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Create print and digital design assets such as charts, graphs, one-sheeters, postcards
  • Prepare assets for print production such as report and book covers
  • Research photography for editorial content, primarily via stock/existing photography and public domain
  • Assist in training staff on best photography practices
  • Provide administrative support for Design Director such as managing contracts with photo agencies, department budget and vendor invoices

Qualifications:

  • Three to five years of related experience, preferably in an editorial environment
  • Exceptional photo editing skills
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite 6 (particularly Photoshop, Lightroom, and Bridge)
  • Familiarity with Digital Asset Management Systems
  • Working knowledge of copyright law and usage/licensing agreements
  • Ability to follow creative direction, adapt to changing priorities, and manage multiple projects,
  • Proven ability to work in a deadline-driven, collaborative environment
  • Ability to create design assets in keeping with brand guidelines a plus
  • Great communication skills
  • Interest in current events and foreign policy a plus
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in design, photography or related field

To be considered, please include a link to an online portfolio.

 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, CFR.org.

Qualified candidates should email or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address below. PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Taxonomist/Content Curator


Location: New York Salary Rate: Based on education and experience Type: Full Time Department: CFR Digital

CFR Digital is seeking a Content Strategist with familiarity with UX principles to contribute to the successful redesign and ongoing governance of the taxonomy for the CFR.org website. The content strategist will work closely with the chief digital officer, managing editor, and analytics manager to map out the website search strategy, and curate topics pages.  

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Developing  and governing the web taxonomy; building controlled vocabularies and thesauri; Providing guidance to staff in tagging and keywording of all CFR content;
  • Performing weekly reviews of published content to ensure best practices are being met;
  • Curating editorial topics and keyword portal pages;
  • Developing and providing institutional training to staff who tag content and assign keywords on the website;
  • Coordinating with other departments to determine optimal search needs and language, and insuring integration with other institutional systems.
  • Conducting usability testing to ensure relevant and useful functionality

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of experience in website taxonomy development
  • Ability to demonstrate a background in both editorial content management and digital user experience
  • Excellent editorial judgement
  • Strong writing and editing skills; comfortable creating presentations and presenting ideas
  • An understanding of how taxonomies affect user experience
  • Familiarity with conducting content audits and content documentation
  • Knowledge of SEO and analytics
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in digital media, journalism or international relations preferred
  • Interest in current events and/or foreign policy

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, CFR.org.

CFR offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including generous leave policies and health insurance programs, an award-winning health and wellness initiative including an on-site fitness center, and professional development training.

Qualified candidates should email or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address below. PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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UI/UX Designer


Location: New York Salary Rate: Based on education and experience Type: Full Time Department: CFR Digital

The Council on Foreign Relations is seeking a UI/UX Designer to provide project support for various design needs across the digital organization. Reporting directly to the Design Director, in this position you will be collaborating and working alongside the think tank, editorial, product and technology to define the experience across CFR.org. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Participating in the product ideation, conceptual development and creation of site verticals, interactives and microsites, across a responsive platform
  • Facilitating design communication across a multidisciplinary team throughout each phase of a project, clearly articulating design rationale
  • Creating low-fidelity prototypes to quickly visualize, sketch, and communicate solutions to complex design problems
  • Maintaining and assisting in the evolution of the CFR visual style guide, ensuring that all work adheres to brand guidelines
  • Keeping abreast of industry trends and seeking ways to apply new UI/UX principles

Qualifications

  • Five years of related design experience, working on cross-functional teams
  • Portfolio demonstrating a solid understanding of UI/UX principles and responsive design; include sketches, flows, mid-fidelity interactions (show your process)
  • Experience designing for online news and information or other content-rich sites
  • Ability to engage with others to cultivate an environment of learning and constructive dialogue
  • Ability to prioritize and manage work, adhering to critical project timelines
  • Professional-level knowledge of industry standard design software (Adobe CS, Sketch, etc.)
  • Interest in current events and foreign policy
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in visual design, human interaction or related field
  • Knowledge of HTML/CSS a plus

To be considered, please include a link to an online portfolio

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, CFR.org.

CFR offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including generous leave policies and health insurance programs, an award-winning health and wellness initiative including an on-site fitness center, and professional development training.

Qualified candidates should email or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address below. PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Human Resources Associate


Posted: March 2016 Location: Washington Salary Rate: Based on experience and education Type: Full Time Department: Human Resources

As part of the human resources team, the human resources associate will be a generalist, with a focus on recruitment, employee activities, benefits, training, and will lead efforts for CFR’s volunteer internship program in the Washington, DC office.  

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

  • Coordinating the volunteer internship program from recruitment through on-boarding and exit procedures in the Washington, DC office.
  • Planning and executing approximately eight intern professional development events each semester while continuing to conceptualize new programs, events, and materials for the program.
  • Supporting the full life cycle recruitment process for a variety of positions, including drafting and posting position announcements, working directly with hiring managers, identifying recruitment sources, screening and interviewing candidates and referrals, conducting background and reference checks, extending offers, and following up with all candidates.
  • Assisting with the coordination and logistics for a wide array of employee events, including brown bag lunches, professional development events, health and wellness activities, and all staff meetings. 
  • Providing administrative support, including support for the award-winning health and wellness initiative, benefits data entry and tracking, voucher processing, and maintaining the transit benefit.
  • Providing back-up support to Reception Services; including greeting visitors and speakers, answering incoming calls, and checking in guests for meetings.
  • Working with the director on other priorities, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • One or more years related HR experience, with proven experience in recruitment. Experience in a high profile organization preferred.
  • Extremely flexible, organized, and detail oriented, with strong follow-through skills.
  • Excellent judgment, with a friendly yet professional demeanor and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Degree in related field, with high academic credentials.
  • Available to work flexible hours, including early mornings, late evenings, and in the event of inclement weather

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, CFR.org.

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.

Qualified candidates should email or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background. 

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Research Associate, U.S. Foreign Policy


Posted: September 2016 Location: Washington Salary Rate: Based on education and experience Type: Full Time Department: 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 aims 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 Historian in Residence.

The principal responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing administrative support, including scheduling appointments, handling phone calls, drafting correspondence, travel arrangements, and responding to requests for information
  • Drafting, editing, proofreading, and fact-checking written material
  • Conducting research on specific areas as requested
  • Managing the program’s finances, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Tracking news and data sources
  • Coordinating events and meetings, including preparing invitations, making travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Assisting with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc., as needed
  • Provide support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, History, or a related field, with high academic credentials and knowledge of historical and current foreign policy issues
  • One or more year(s) related administrative experience
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills, with experience working with archival documents preferred
  • Exceptional organizational skills and outstanding attention to detail, with the ability to handle competing tasks
  • Professional demeanor and highest level of judgment and discretion required
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and tasks independently and under deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, and database management  

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, CFR.org.

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.

Qualified candidates should email or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.  

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Research Associate, U.S. Foreign Policy


Location: Washington Salary Rate: Based on education and experience Type: Full Time Department: 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 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 senior vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair. Qualified candidates will have related experience that required judgment, strong writing and editing ability, time management skills, and experience dealing with high-profile individuals. 

The principal responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with drafting, fact-checking, proofreading, and editing of written material, including director of studies’ talking points, blog posts, memos, and correspondence
  • Conducting research on specific areas as requested by the director of studies, for articles, speeches, and other publications
  • Assisting the director of studies with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc.
  • Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Providing administrative support to the director of studies, including drafting correspondence and responding to requests for information

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of arts in international relations, history, or a related field, with high academic credentials and knowledge of current foreign policy issues
  • One or more year(s) related work experience
  • Experience with social media outreach and using social media applications preferred
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and outstanding attention to detail
  • Proficiency in word processing, Excel, and database management
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team

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, CFR.org.

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.

Qualified candidates should email or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background. 

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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