Temporary Research Assistant

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



1616 P Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) is seeking a temporary research assistant to provide research support during the Fall of 2018. Applicants should be highly motivated, energetic graduate or undergraduate students and recent graduates seeking an opportunity to make a difference in a progressive environment. Basic requirements for the position include solid research and writing skills, as well as an interest in learning about tax and fiscal policy. Some coursework in economics, as well as previous research experience, is a plus.

About the Position:

The research assistant’s primary responsibility will be to conduct substantive policy research. More specifically, the assistant’s responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting research to be used in ITEP reports, testimony, and other publications.
  • Monitoring recent legislative proposals and current events in the areas of state and federal fiscal policy.
  • Writing about major developments and trends in state and federal tax policy for ITEP’s Just Taxes Blog.
  • Participating in staff meetings and activities.

The position can be full-time (40-hours per week) and is paid $15 per hour. Ideally, the position would start around September 3rd and last through the end of the year. The schedule can be designed to work around the applicant’s academic schedule and travel plans.

About ITEP:

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that works on federal, state, and local tax policy issues. ITEP's mission is to ensure that elected officials, the media, and the general public have access to accurate, timely, and straightforward information that allows them to understand the effects of current and proposed tax policies. For more information about our work, visit ITEP at http://www.itep.org/.  

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Applicants should e-mail a resume, cover letter, brief writing sample, and the names and contact information of at least two references to richard@itep.org. In the cover letter, please explain your interest in tax policy and, if applicable, any previous experience or coursework in that area. Applications are due by August 15th, with top applicants considered on a rolling basis.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law including Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.