Washington DC

nation’s capital, where policy is made!

The application period for our research assistant positions has ended.

Washington DC

Our research focuses on a wide variety of topics related to monetary policy, international finance, financial stability, payment systems, supervision and regulation of banks, and consumer and community affairs.

Our Focus

Our work supports monetary policy decisions to promote maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates—the three economic goals that Congress instructed the Federal Reserve to pursue to ensure the health of the U.S. economy and the stability of the U.S. financial system.

Policy Central

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Open Market Committee set monetary policy with input from the 12 Federal Reserve Banks. As a research assistant, your work provides critical support to policy analysis and original economic research in a wide variety of areas like:

  • International and Domestic Economic Forecasting
  • Monetary Policy Reporting
  • Consumer Finance and Community Development

National Outlook

In addition to setting monetary policy, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System helps ensure the U.S. financial system supports a healthy economy for U.S. households, communities, and businesses by paying special attention to and analyzing:

  • Financial Stability
  • Supervision and Regulation of Banks
  • Payment Systems

Begin Your Journey with Us

Our Research Assistant recruiting process has both fall and spring application cycles. RA positions begin the following summer. Completed applications for the fall cycle are accepted August 15 through October 15, and applications for the spring cycle are accepted October 21 through January 31.


Review qualifications and requirements.

August 15 - Applications open
October 15 - Fall Cycle Deadline
January 31 - Spring Cycle Deadline

Be sure to carefully review your application before submitting.


Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule a phone or video interview to evaluate their behavioral and technical skills.


Offers are extended to fill full-time RA positions on a rolling basis.

Most positions start the following summer.

Your first few weeks are spent onboarding and learning about the Board's culture, as well as tasks, projects, and necessary technical skills you will need as an RA in your section.

You made it!

After your first week on the job, you will be ready to contribute.

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Our research assistant positions are two year positions. We accept applications, conduct interviews, and extend offers throughout both fall and spring cycles.

Denotes full-time position