Foreign Lobby Watch Data Assistant

Job Type

Full Time Temporary




1300 L Street Northwest
Suite 200
District of Columbia
United States


The Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C., has a job opening for an entry-level researcher to work on Department of Justice (DoJ) data on the political activities in the US of foreign governments. This researcher will be working with a Senior Researcher to implement our expanded Foreign Lobby Watch investigation of Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) filings, funded by The Democracy Fund.

Specifically, this researcher will:

  • Process, monitor, and run quality control on large sets of DoJ FARA documents
  • Review reports and accurately enter relevant information into our databases
  • Provide data support to our communications team and occasional content for the OpenSecrets Blog

Qualified candidates must be committed to serving the public interest in a nonpartisan manner and have a solid understanding of American government, preferably with specific knowledge of federal elections, politics, and campaign finance, and have experience working with large sets of data. Ideal candidates will be familiar with Microsoft Access or SQL databases or have journalism experience. Candidate should be a team player, detail-oriented and able to accurately transcribe information, and have strong organizational skills.

The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and people of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

This is a full time, temporary position expected to last 10-12 weeks.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Email résumé and cover letter to, subject: "Foreign Lobby Watch Data Assistant." Please send cover letter and résumé as attachments only, not in the text of the e-mail. Due to the volume of applications we receive we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.