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(Priority deadline: November, 30th.) The D.C. Policy Center is looking for a motivated graduate student to provided business development support. As a part of this role you will play an integral part in the D.C. Policy Center’s success. You will assist in the development and execution of strategies to develop new business opportunities. This position is a part-time, fixed-term paid position with flexible hours. This position will begin January as a spring semester internship, at 20 hours per week for up to 16 weeks, with the possibility of extending terms and increasing hours at the end of the 16-week period.

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct background research on organizations and individuals to expand new business
  • Assist in proposal writing for grants and RFPs
  • Create and update factsheets and presentations


  • Experience with business development techniques through proposals, marking, and sales
  • Clear, professional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • A high level of attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team with a high level of autonomy and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment

Application Instructions

Please send a resume, brief cover letter, and two relevant writing samples as a single PDF to jobs@dcpolicycenter.org. Priority deadline is November 30, 2018.

PDF version of job posting can be downloaded here

Rolling applications

The D.C. Policy Center is looking for 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.

Application instructions

Please send a resume, brief cover letter, and two relevant writing samples to jobs@dcpolicycenter.org. 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 jobs@dcpolicycenter.org for more information.

About the D.C. Policy Center

The D.C. Policy Center is a non-profit (501(c)3) think tank focusing on local policy issues in the District of Columbia and the surrounding region. Through data-driven and action-oriented policy research, the D.C. Policy Center’s mission is to bring together policymakers, employers, industry leaders, community advocates, and other stakeholders to advance comprehensive policies that support a strong and growing local economy for all District residents.

The D.C. Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other protected status under federal or District law.

Please contact jobs@dcpolicycenter.org with any questions.