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Research Intern

Washington DC

The Revolving Door Project, a project of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), scrutinizes executive branch personnel (current and potential) as well as congressional oversight of the executive branch. Our goal is to ensure political appointees serve the broad public interest, rather than corporations’ narrow political agenda or their own personal advancement.

The Revolving Door Project has an opening for a Research Intern for the Fall of 2019. This is a part-time, 10 hour per week, Washington, DC-based position.

Job Description: A Research Intern for the Revolving Door Project (RDP) at CEPR is responsible for a variety of important duties. The position involves:

●      Juggling both long and short term research assignments;

●      Working with and helping to manage multiple proprietary databases;

●      Contributing to blogs and reports; and

●      Occasional proofreading, website, social media, and operations support.

The Research Intern will primarily be responsible for updating and expanding the project’s databases of political fundraisers and influencers as well as independent federal agency appointments. They will have the opportunity, and indeed be encouraged, to propose and undertake independent research projects that draw further attention to these resources.


● Successful candidates will be working towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree and will have an interest in topics such as economic justice, American politics, and law.

● Candidates should have some or all of the following: an interest in research; strong knowledge of the political landscape; experience at a nonprofit, union, or similar environment with a track record of successful work; and the ability to learn new software and skills quickly.

● A successful candidate will also have excellent attention to detail, ability to handle multiple projects and manage workflow effectively, good written and verbal communication skills, ability to work both independently and with a team, a sense of humor, and a shared commitment to CEPR and RDP’s mission and values.

Salary: The Revolving Door Project will pay a wage of $15 per hour.

Closing Date of Position: August 30, 2019 (at 11:59 PM, Eastern time).

In rare, extenuating circumstances, the application period may be extended or shortened. In the event that the application period is shortened, CEPR will update this posting to notify candidates that they have seven calendar days remaining to apply.

To Apply: Send the following, in a single PDF file, to rdpjobs[at] with the subject line “Research Intern, Revolving Door Project”:

1. a cover letter;

2. a résumé; and

3. a writing sample on a relevant policy-related topic of anywhere from 500 to 1,500 words, or a description of a project you have completed independently or at another organization.

Please do not submit additional information apart from the items listed above. You may address your cover letter to the Research Assistant Search Committee if you wish.

Search committees usually make a decision within three weeks of the deadline of the application. If you have any questions, please email hauser[at] Absolutely no calls.


Posted July 29, 2019

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