Open Positions

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 to pursue a career in international relations, to skilled professionals in a service area such as development or information services.

Available Positions in New York or Washington, DC

Fellow/ Senior Fellow for China Studies

The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to hire a fellow or senior fellow for China Studies. China’s global prominence and impact is undisputed. The decisions that the Chinese leadership makes are felt far beyond Beijing, making it essential for Americans to understand the forces shaping China’s internal evolution and policy choices. The fellow or senior fellow for China Studies will be expected to conduct original research and writing either on China’s domestic development or its foreign policy. The position is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual looking to shape the conversation over what policies the United States should pursue toward China. 

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Fellow/ Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia

The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to hire a fellow or senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia. The position is focused on India, which is increasing its global prominence and impact. The decisions that India makes are felt across South Asia and beyond, making it essential for Americans to understand the forces shaping India’s internal evolution and policy choices. The selected candidate will be expected to conduct original research and write either on India’s domestic development or its foreign policy. The position is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual looking to shape the conversation over what policies the United States should pursue toward India, Pakistan, and South Asia more broadly. 

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Ralph Bunche Fellow or Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies

The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to fill the Ralph Bunche Chair. The Council established the chair in 2003 to further research that identifies the major challenges and opportunities facing Africa and that provides concrete, tangible policy recommendations for enabling African countries to achieve their potential. The fellow or senior fellow selected to hold the Ralph Bunche chair will be expected to conduct original research and writing on the major issues affecting African countries. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual looking to shape the national conversation on U.S. policy toward Africa. 

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Available Positions in New York

Social Media and Audience Development Editor

This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced team dedicated to publishing expert analysis of current events. The Social Media and Audience Development Editor will be responsible for maintaining Foreign Affairs’ social media presence and assisting with the curation and production of email newsletters and other editorial products. The ideal candidate will combine a strong knowledge of international affairs with sharp writing skills, close attention to detail, and a keen interest in helping Foreign Affairs articles find an audience.

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Staff Editor, Foreign Affairs

The Council on Foreign Relations is looking for a Staff Editor to join the Foreign Affairs editorial team. This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced team dedicated to publishing expert analysis of current events. The new editor will serve as a general article editor working on both print and online articles. The job will involve editing pieces, generating story ideas, and assisting with other publication-related tasks. Current opportunities are on a fully remote basis through the end of calendar year 2020.

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Program Assistant, Corporate Affairs

The program assistant will support the work of the Corporate Affairs department, which administers the Corporate Program, and is the Council’s primary point of contact with the private sector. The Corporate Program raises $6 million through its membership program, which offers a forum for executives from approximately 120 leading global business and financial firms to explore issues at the nexus of business and foreign policy.

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Program Assistant, Membership

The Program Assistant will work under the direction of the Vice President of Meetings and Membership. The Membership team coordinates the selection process of new members, and serves as the front-facing department for CFR’s 5,000 members in order to enhance their member experience.

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Program Assistant, New York Meetings

The Program Assistant will be a member of CFR’s Meetings Program, which brings major international and domestic officials, thought leaders, and others together with CFR members over the course of more than 100 meetings each year. 

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Director of Product, Foreign Affairs

The Director of Product will oversee digital product strategy for Foreign Affairs. This person will be responsible for maintaining the product roadmap and helping to drive product strategy for editorial, business, and engineering departments through discovery and kickoff with stakeholders, brainstorming sessions, research, data analysis, and design. The role will report directly into the Chief Revenue Officer with a dotted line to the Editorial team.

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Assistant Director, Studies Administration and Junior Staff Professional Development

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 Director of Studies office manages and administers staffing, budgeting, fundraising, and developing and implementing departmental procedures. The assistant director will be part of a dynamic team and will work under the direction of the director of studies administration and the deputy director for studies administration to help support the wide range of department activities.

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Assistant Director, Foreign Affairs Media Relations

The Global Communications and Media Relations office works to promote the Council on Foreign Relations’ programs, publications, and scholars. It uses the full complement of channels and platforms to reach target audiences, including traditional and social media outreach, webcasts, podcasts, conference calls, and press briefings. The Assistant Director is responsible for positioning and promoting CFR, with a primary focus on the media relations efforts for Foreign Affairs magazine and its website, ForeignAffairs.com. This position reports directly to the Vice President, Global Communications and Media Relations.

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Assistant to the Vice President, National Program & Outreach 

The Assistant to the Vice President of CFR’s National Program & Outreach department will provide administrative support to department leadership and work closely with fellow National Program team members to assist with programming ideas and execution. All CFR events are currently being held virtually, and the staff is working on a fully remote basis until at least September 2021. When in-person work resumes, this position will be based in CFR’s New York office.

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Available Positions in Washington, DC

Deputy Managing Editor, Think Global Health

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.

Think Global Health is a CFR-sponsored online magazine that examines the ways that health shapes economies, societies, and everyday lives around the world. In its first nine months of operation, the site has published more than 300 articles from nearly 300 authors, representing over fifty countries on six continents, and it has attracted more than 1.7 million pageviews. Major news outlets, such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, BBC, Vox, New York Magazine, and many others, have shared and linked Think Global Health articles and interviews.

Under the direction of the Director of the Global Health Program, the Deputy Managing Editor will be responsible for managing daily operations for the magazine, writing content, coordinating the work of contributors, and editing.

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How to Apply

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Contact

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New York Office

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New York, NY 10065
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Washington Office

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