Research Associate, Women and Foreign Policy

Council on Foreign Relations
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Nov 09

Position description

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.

The Research Associate will work with various Senior Fellow within the Women and Foreign Policy Program. The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Researching specific areas, as requested by the fellows, for articles, book chapters, web interactives, and other publications.
  • Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, making travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, preparing background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support.
  • Providing administrative support to the fellows, handling correspondence, scheduling and calendar management, and responding to media and information requests.
  • Handling writing assignments, summarizing research findings, and composing business correspondence.
  • Tracking news and data sources on women’s issues and international economic issues.
  • Assisting with the proofreading and editing of articles, book chapters, and other written materials.
  • Assisting in managing program finances, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement.
  • Assisting with the fellows’ presence on the internet and social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc., as needed.
  • Supporting other fellows and departments, upon request.


  • Degree in international relations, political science, or related social sciences field with high academic achievement. Experience on women’s issues, development, or international economics preferred.
  •  1+ year(s) related administrative and/or internship experience preferred; experience coordinating events strongly preferred
  • Outstanding research, writing, and editing skills.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills with high attention to detail and ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, and internet research.
  • Experience with budget management and/or website maintenance preferred.


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.

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