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.
Open Positions

Available Positions in New York or Washington, DC

Senior Fellow for Defense Policy

This position can be based in either the New York or Washington, DC office. The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to hire a senior fellow for defense with a focus on how new technologies are shaping the future of warfare. The fellow will be expected to conduct original research and writing on the challenges that new technologies pose for U.S. defense policy and to identify specific, concrete steps that policymakers should take as a result. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual looking to shape the national conversation on how U.S. defense policy should adapt in the face of rapid technological change.

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Available Positions in New York

Assistant Staff Editor

The Council on Foreign Relations is creating innovative educational resources, which seek to equip students and the interested public with the skills, knowledge, and perspective—the global literacy—required to understand the forces, ideas, and institutions that shape our world. These resources include World101, a growing library of multimedia primers explaining the fundamentals of international relations and U.S. foreign policy; and Model Diplomacy, a multimedia simulation program that invites participants to role-play in the context of National Security Council and UN Security Council meetings. Both products come with an array of teaching resources and activities aimed at high school and college instructors and their students. The Assistant Staff Editor will work under the Associate Directors to help create, produce, and manage a growing range of multimedia content for CFR’s World101 course.

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Editorial Assistant, Foreign Affairs

Founded in 1922, Foreign Affairs is the preeminent publication on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. It is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which is a leading independent, nonprofit membership organization and nonpartisan center dedicated to producing and disseminating foreign policy ideas. Reporting to the Executive Editor and the Business Operations Director, the Editorial Assistant will provide administrative and financial support to the department. 

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Program Coordinator, Outreach

CFR Outreach targets communities in a cross-section of American life, including educators and students; congregational leaders, religion scholars, and representatives of faith-based organizations; state and local officials; and local journalists. The program coordinator will primarily support CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy (RFP) Program, which advances understanding of the forces shaping international relations through exchange between faith leaders and policymakers. The coordinator will work together with another team member to broaden outreach to this constituency and disseminate CFR resources. Core programming activities include a conference call series, a roundtable series, and an annual workshop in New York which brings together clergy, seminary heads, scholars of religion, and representatives of faith-based organizations to address pressing global issues.

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Deputy Director, Event Operations and Project Management

The Council on Foreign Relations has two locations; in New York and Washington, D.C.  The New York location is housed in the historic landmark Harold Pratt mansion; the Washington, D.C. location is just one block from the White House. This combined space is used for several hundred meetings a year, including by clients who rent the facility for corporate and social events. The Deputy Director, Event Operations and Project Management will help manage  daily event operations, as well as taking take the lead on managing projects related to events. The role will be based out of the New York office with monthly travel to the DC office. 

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Senior UI/UX Designer

The Council on Foreign Relations is seeking a Senior UI/UX Designer to provide project support for various design needs across the digital organization. This position reports directly to the Deputy Director, Design. The Senior UI/UX Designer will be collaborating and working alongside the think tank, editorial, product, and technology to define the experience across

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Analyst, Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies

The Analyst will work in the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies (CGS), the part of the Studies department that focuses on the intersection of international economics and international relations. We expect that he or she will report to and primarily collaborate with the senior fellow and director of international economics. The balance of his or her time be spent working with other CGS fellows. This is an exceptional opportunity for a creative, rigorous, quantitatively oriented mind to develop original ideas and to analyze important questions at the intersection economic policy and foreign policy.

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Available Positions in Washington, DC

Writer/Editor, Economics  

The Writer/Editor, Economics will work under the direction of the site’s Managing Editor and Deputy Editor and will work closely with the team as well as the think tank staff. is the Council on Foreign Relations’s award-winning web site that is a leading source of content, analysis, and foreign policy options. It publishes a mix of resources, including interactive InfoGuides, Daily News briefs, and backgrounders. collaborates closely with CFR’s think tank staff on its content, and features insights from CFR Fellows in a number of ways, including web briefs, op-eds, and various multimedia.

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Audio Visual Manager  

The Audio Visual Manager will provide support for all areas of the Audio Visual Department in Washington, D.C. office. Reporting to the Director of Facility Operations in DC and the Director of Events in NY. 

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How to Apply

Please click on the links above to learn more and apply directly for open positions in either the New York or Washington, DC office.


For more information, please contact

New York Office

58 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
tel 212.434.9400

Washington Office

1777 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
tel 202.509.8400