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About the program

Advance your career by building a solid foundation with the Federal Reserve


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. Most RA programs require a two year commitment.


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.

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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.

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