Research Assistant (Job ID: 2019-2212)

The Brookings Institution Washington , DC 20319

Posted 2 months ago


Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.

With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.

Join the top-ranked think tank for domestic economic policy! We invite you to apply for a position in the Brookings Institution's Economic Policy program (ES), where research assistants support experts as they focus on addressing obstacles to long-term economic growth and opportunity. ES Scholars provide insights to achieving and maintaining a strong labor market, designing sound fiscal policy, investing in human capital and infrastructure, improving the regulatory system, developing practical solutions to health policy, addressing concerns about pensions and retirement savings, and advancing opportunity and social mobility.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?

ES is committed to investing in the next generation of economic policy experts; each year ES employs approximately fifteen research assistants for one or two year appointments. We aim to recruit top talent with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to work on emerging and critical policy issues and offer innovative policy recommendations to improve the nation's economic future.

Research Assistant positions in Economic Studies are entry-level and involve data analysis, verification of statistical and other material in manuscripts, statistical calculations, literature searches, and drafting written materials. The below allocation of duties describes the average division between tasks; the actual work will vary depending on the particular project needs of the scholars or centers to whom the Research Assistant is assigned. This position offers no opportunity for independent research during the first year. This position is best suited for those who have received an undergraduate degree in Economics, Mathematics, or other social sciences with a minor in Economics. Preferred start date is between June 1 and August 1, 2020. The starting annual salary will be high $40's.

Quantitative Analysis, Programming, and Statistical Assistance (50%)

  • Works jointly with senior scholars, prepares and revises programming code, simulation macros, database files and regression estimates.

  • Analyze data, using statistical packages and spreadsheets

  • Prepares tables and graphs output from model simulations.

  • Updates and checks existing databanks; assembles, consolidates, and checks data from new sources.

Research Assistance (40%)

  • In collaboration with senior research staff, drafts material summarizing research results on specific topics as assigned, for incorporation into working papers and project publications

  • Provides analytical reviews and summaries of existing literature pertinent to the projects.

  • Locates and collects relevant documents and data from sources such as electronic databases, libraries, and government publications.

  • Compiles, reads, abstracts, and organizes written material into bibliographic form and summaries.

  • Maintains electronic bibliography files.

  • Assist with special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Project Support, Communications and Outreach (10%)

  • Update web pages in support of the scholar's area of interest.

  • Write and edit summaries to be posted on pages relating to scholar's work.

  • Gather related bibliographic, link and current event information in support of pages to be created for a scholar's topic area.

  • Work with ES communications team to prepare, lay out, and post scholar's work for publication on the web site.

  • Coordinate with ES communications team on scholar's publication schedule.

  • Assist designated scholar(s) with event preparation and logistics as needed.

Duties and responsibilities vary depending on designated scholars


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:

Education/Skills/ Experience:

Bachelor's degree in Economics, Mathematics/Statistics, Public Policy, or other Social Sciences with a minor in Economics required. One-year job experience in economics, policy research, and/or computer modeling preferred but not required. Competence to undertake research assignments with little supervision required.

Strong computer skills and experience required. Experience handling large data sets and models preferred. Independent research experience preferred. Experience with software such as STATA, R or other econometric packages required.

Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

Application Procedure:

Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We will make selections by mid-March.

A complete application will include ALL of following items:

  • Current resume

  • Cover letter (uploaded as an attachment)

  • A copy of your latest undergraduate transcript (and a graduate transcript if applicable)

  • If you are submitting an international transcript, please be sure to include a Grade Key

  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or past employers/supervisors

Please save your uploaded documents in the following format: First Name Last Name JOB ID Document Name

Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be uploaded separately but the same deadline applies. If preferred, confidential letters of recommendation and/ or official transcripts may be sent directly to Jennifer Ambrosino at Please contact her with any specific questions you may have.

Recruiting Cycles and Deadlines

Research Assistants typically begin during the summer months but are selected during two main recruitment cycles in the fall and spring.

Fall Recruitment Cycle

  • Completed applications accepted September 1 November 15
  • Phone interviews conducted from November 15 December 15
  • Offers are extended on a rolling basis following the deadline and continue until the conclusion of the fall cycle.

Spring Recruitment Cycle

  • Completed applications accepted December 3 February 1
  • Phone interviews conducted from mid-February mid-March

Off-Cycle Recruitment

  • Occasionally we have immediately available positions during the year for students who have already graduated. These positions will be posted separately on our website.

Additional Information:

What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

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Research Assistant (Job ID: 2019-2212)

The Brookings Institution