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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The Research Assistant (RA) program at the Boston Fed is a two-year program designed for recent college graduates with a background in economics, math, statistics, or related fields. RAs work with economists on a variety of research projects and provide support for ongoing analysis of the New England, U.S., and global economies and monetary policy, as well as bank regulation, the payments system, and financial markets.

The Boston Fed is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to supporting and fostering diversity within the broader economics research community. If you are interested in gaining meaningful work experience, expanding your career options, and serving the public, we encourage you to apply for our Research Assistant Program. Working as a research assistant for the Boston Fed can be an excellent step along your career path.

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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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