Research Assistant

Research assistants play an essential role at the Fed and are presented with substantial opportunities for professional and intellectual development. Working side by side with economists, RAs participate in the application of economic theory and empirical research methods used to inform economic policy debate. Along the way, RAs develop strong quantitative analysis, critical thinking
and writing skills – marketable skills useful for pursuing career opportunities and advanced studies in a variety of fields.


RAs help economists prepare briefings on current policy issues, work on staff economic forecasts, and write summaries on economic conditions.
RAs support economists with scholarly research projects, gather and analyze large datasets, and program economic models.


Many RAs go on to top graduate schools in economics, law, public policy, and political science, while others take exciting jobs at the Fed or elsewhere. Through on the job experience, attending seminars, training and tuition reimbursement programs, RA positions provide you with a solid foundation for whichever career path you pursue. Most RA programs require a two-year commitment.


If you are interested in serving the public and seek meaningful work experience as you consider graduate school and/or future career options, working for the Fed as a RA or a summer intern can be an excellent interim step and a fun and rewarding experience. Visit to explore job opportunities in:

Atlanta | Boston | Chicago | Cleveland | Dallas | Kansas City | Minneapolis | New York Philadelphia
| Richmond | San Francisco | St. Louis | Washington, DC

The Federal Reserve is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to supporting and fostering diversity within the broader economics research community.

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