Research Associate, Energy and U.S. Foreign Policy

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jun 19

Position description

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 Program on Energy Security and Climate Change. The research associate will provide full -time support to the Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change and David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow, focusing on the intersection of economics, markets, and geopolitics, in addition to short-term assignments as requested by the Studies program.

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

  • Providing research for books, articles, book chapters, and other publications, as requested
  • Providing logistical and administrative support, handling correspondence, scheduling, and responding to requests for information
  • 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
  • Supporting study group activities, including preparing meeting notices, travel arrangements, corresponding with members, helping prepare background papers and meeting transcripts and providing other logistical support
  • Managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Tracking news and data sources
  • Assisting with the proofreading and editing of blogs, articles, book chapters, and other written material
  • Providing support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request


  • BA/BS in International Affairs, Economics, Environmental studies or other related quantitative field, with strong academic credentials
  • One or more year(s) related research and administrative experience
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Outstanding mathematics, computer (particularly Excel modeling), writing, and research skills
  • Flexibility to adapt to a changing assignment and multitasking several projects at one time
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge and/or interest in energy economics and/or clean energy technology preferred

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