Research Associate, Climate Change Policy

Council on Foreign Relations Published: June 1, 2024
Washington, D.C.
Skill Level
Entry Level
Job Type
Analyst / Research / Climate Change

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Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide.

CFR is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,

Position Overview

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 David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and Environment.
The Research Associate, Climate Change Policy position is based in CFR’s Washington, DC office on a hybrid basis. CFR currently defines hybrid status as working at least three days a week onsite, with Tuesdays and Thursdays considered institutional anchor days where all staff are required to be onsite.


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

  • Providing logistical and administrative support to the Senior Fellow, including scheduling and calendar management, handling phone calls and media requests, making travel arrangements, and drafting correspondence
  • Conducting research and editing for articles, book chapters, and other publications
  • Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, making travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Shepherding reports and articles through the publication process, including drafting, proofreading, formatting, footnoting, and editing documents for internal use and external publication
  • Assisting with budgeting, including tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information, writing reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Assisting fellow(s) with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook, etc., as needed
  • Supporting other fellows and departments, upon request


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in international relations, political science, environmental studies, related social science field, with high academic achievement; strong knowledge of climate change and/or energy preferred
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and high attention to detail
  • Excellent written communication, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and internet research
  • Pay Range $51,000 to $54,000 per year. Pay commensurate with experience and education
  • 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.
The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

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