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Research Associate, Energy and National Security – NYC

Organization: Council on Foreign Relations

Job Title: Research Associate, Energy and National Security; David Rockefeller Studies Program

Location: NY, NY

Hours and Compensation: Full time; Mid thirties, based on education and experience

Position Dates: n/a

Application Deadline: open until filled

Posted On: June 8, 2012

Organization Overview

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher. Founded in 1921, CFR is dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens to better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. CFR, with headquarters located in New York City and an office in Washington, DC, conducts outreach programs to target constituencies nationwide. The organization’s 4,500+ members are leaders in global issues and include representatives from a broad range of fields. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal on international affairs. CFR provides commentary and analysis about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,, on, and through social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


The Council’s 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 support several fellows and adjunct fellows whose work focuses on the nexus of energy and national security with particular (but not exclusive) focus on oil and gas.


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

  • Researching specific areas, finding articles, writing research briefs, and tracking news as requested by the fellows
  • Assisting with fact-checking, proofreading and editing of op-eds, journal articles, and other written materials
  • Coordinating events, including sending invitations and managing RSVPs, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests
  • Providing administrative support to the fellows, including scheduling, booking travel, handling correspondence, and responding to requests for information


  • BA in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, or a related field, with high academic credentials. Candidates with a BA in a natural science and a strong background in international relations or political science will also be considered
  • Two years related administrative and/or internship experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong research, proofreading, and editing skills
  • Strong organizational skills and multitasking skills with a keen attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work calmly in a fast-paced environment
  • Background in U.S. foreign policy and/or energy strongly preferred.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above contact information. 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

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