Research Assistant, International Program

Job Type

Full Time


Details: This position comes with a competitive salary and generous benefits package.



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



1400 16th Street, NW
Suite 300
United States


The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of U.S. and international migration policies, seeks an exceptional research assistant to join its International Program in Washington, DC. MPI’s International Program conducts research and analysis on challenges facing local, national, and supranational governments, covering topics such as refugee protection and integration, skills and mobility, border management, social cohesion in an age of diversity, and the governance of migration. The research assistant’s primary responsibilities will be to assist with qualitative and quantitative research and provide programmatic support in several areas of MPI’s work. Salary and title will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is available immediately.



  • Master’s degree with 1-2 years of experience (candidates with a BA with 3-4 years highly relevant work experience will also be considered)
  • Strong research skills, including familiarity with immigration reference materials and datasets
  • Proven writing and editing skills (finalists will be asked to complete an in-person writing and/or editing exercise)
  • High motivation and initiative; ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment; ability to communicate well and work within a team
  • Ability to effectively gather and analyze large volumes of information through both primary and secondary sources, surveys, and/or fieldwork
  • Keen interest in policy and public administration in North America and Europe.


  • Experience working with policymakers or international agencies (including through internships)
  • Working knowledge of at least one foreign language
  • Expertise in 1-2 European countries, the Middle East, or Africa
  • Experience with quantitative analysis.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research and analysis for diverse audiences
  • Contribute to drafting and editing both explanatory and analytical reports, policy briefs, and other research materials with supervision
  • Support senior staff with project management, including drafting official correspondence and developing project materials as appropriate
  • Assist in planning and coordinating public and private events, including managing invitations, drafting event agendas, and coordinating with external contributors and partners

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, and short writing sample to Please reference “Research Assistant - INTN” in the subject line and include a line telling us how you heard about this position. No phone calls, please. No additional emails to staff.

Hard copies may be sent to:

Human Resources

Migration Policy Institute

1400 16th St NW Suite 300

Washington, DC 20036

Applications are due by close of business on June 15, 2018. However, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Due to the large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted.