Deadline: May 1, 2022
The D.C. Policy Center is looking for a self-motivated and well-organized research assistant to work in a fast-paced think tank focused on the District of Columbia. Our main research areas include the economy, education, housing, workforce, and demographics and transportation. Additionally, we work on business conditions, public safety and criminal justice, poverty and economic mobility, and racial equity.
This is an entry-level position primarily focused on data collection and analysis, with additional research support duties. The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative and writing skills, excellent attention to detail, and a deep interest in D.C. and the metropolitan region. This position includes opportunities to author publications, steer research methods, and create new projects for the Policy Center.
The D.C. Policy Center is looking for established researchers, journalists, data scientists, data visualization experts, and policy wonks of all stripes to write for the Center’s website as independent research Fellows. Our Fellows produce data-driven, D.C.-centered analyses on a variety of topics, including housing, public health, employment and labor markets, business environments, D.C. history, demographic change, transportation, and criminal justice.
Articles must include original research or data analysis focused on the District of Columbia. The ideal candidate is an independent thinker with excellent research, analysis, and writing skills, as well as a demonstrated interest in urban data and policy, especially the District of Columbia’s economy or demography.
Please note that Fellows are independent contractors who are paid per piece; this is not a full-time or onsite position.
Please send a resume, brief cover letter, and two relevant writing samples to email@example.com. In your cover letter, please include your specific research interests, and 1-3 brief pitches for article(s) that you would pursue as a Fellow. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
Note: We also consider submissions from one-time contributors. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In addition to the Fellows program, the Education Policy Initiative at the D.C. Policy Center is looking for researchers, journalists, practitioners, academics, and data scientists (especially with local knowledge) to produce data-driven analyses that will inform D.C.’s ongoing education policy conversations. Initial cornerstone topics include mental health support in schools, boundary revision processes, higher education access and success, chronic absenteeism, dual language schools, and lottery preferences.
Similar to the Fellows program, articles must include original research or data analysis focused on the District of Columbia. The expectation is that each contributor would produce one piece in their area of interest. Please note that expert contributors are independent contractors who are paid per piece; this is not a full-time or onsite position.
Please send a resume, brief cover letter with pitches for articles within a certain cornerstone topic, and two relevant writing samples to email@example.com with the subject “Education Policy Initiative expert contributor application”.