Research Assistant Program

Research department director and executive vice president, Geoff Tootell shares his thoughts on the importance and advantages of the Research Assistant Program.

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Each year, the Boston Fed seeks exceptional college graduates who are prepared to take an active role in economic research, state and local public policy analysis, and regulatory and monetary policymaking. Research assistant positions are available in the Research Department, and the Supervisory Research and Analysis Unit of the Supervision, Regulation and Credit Department.

Our research assistants (RAs) have undergraduate degrees with a concentration or extensive coursework in economics or in related fields such as mathematics, statistics, computer science, or finance. Applicants must possess an excellent academic record, proficiency with at least one statistical software package such as MATLAB, Stata, or “R”, and strong written and oral communication skills. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work independently and within strict time constraints. Previous experience in economic research is desirable. Typically, our RAs work at the Boston Fed for a minimum of two years before going on to graduate programs in economics, public policy, or other disciplines; take a job in business, finance or law; or stay with the Bank in a variety of other positions.

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We are now accepting applications for our Research Assistant program for positions that will start in the summer of 2021. Applications will be accepted through October 8, 2020 and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. U.S. Citizenship is required for Research Assistant positions, along with a two-year minimum commitment.

Candidates should be prepared to submit the following documents in electronic format: cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial copy is sufficient), one 3-5 page writing sample, preferably on an economic topic. Two letters of recommendation, one from an economics professor, should be sent to If you have any questions, please email us at

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At the Boston Fed, we want to ensure that you feel rewarded, appreciated, financially protected and prepared for the future. That’s why we offer a carefully planned and comprehensive benefits package that reflects your needs, with an emphasis on flexibility, convenience, and choice.

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Our research assistants are a talented team from diverse professional backgrounds. Learn more about their areas of interest, recent projects and their thoughts on working at the Boston Fed.

Meet the current RAs or former RAs.

Research assistants provide computational and research-related support to the economists of the Boston Fed. Duties may include working on longer-term research projects intended for publication in academic journals, assisting in analyzing current policy issues, or generating the reports and analysis to be included in Fed publications and in Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) materials.

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