Working for the Project

Thank you for your interest in The Hamilton Project.

The Hamilton Project, an economic initiative at The Brookings Institution, produces research and policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. The Hamilton Project’s economic strategy reflects a judgment that long-term prosperity is best achieved by making economic growth broad-based, by enhancing individual economic security, and by embracing a role for effective government in making needed public investments. 

Current Openings

Research Assistant

The Research Assistant will help execute and develop an overall policy agenda and policy strategy for The Hamilton Project. Research potential policy areas and communicate with leading academics, policy makers and practitioners to support the Director and Policy Director in identifying promising potential topics for THP’s policy agenda. Draft THP policy briefs and other public documents. Analyze economic data and present findings. Assist with coordinating the work of outside academics and policy analysts to achieve policy goals. Assist with editing and production of THP discussion papers.

Research Assistant positions will begin during the summer of 2015 and involve a commitment of at least one year. Specific starting dates are flexible and will be coordinated with THP senior staff.

Please note: Applicants who meet our minimum application qualifications as outlined in the Job Description may be contacted to submit additional materials required by our hiring committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Bachelor’s degree in Economics or a related field required; Master’s degree or one-year related job experience preferred by not required. Competence to undertake research assignments with little supervision required.

Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, SAS or MATLAB. Strong quantitative and analytic skills required. Exemplary writing and editing skills a must. Must be able to take initiative to explore promising policy areas and absorb and synthesize large amounts of information and data quickly. Strong knowledge of and passion for public policy. Discretion, creativity, maturity and good judgment. Must be team-player and able to work in small, collaborative environment, often at a fast pace and under time constraints. Must have the flexibility to take on new roles and responsibilities as this policy initiative evolves.


40% Writing and Editing

Write first drafts of accessible, engaging policy briefs from THP academic discussion papers.

Provide substantive feedback and editing on author papers.

Prepare internal briefs and research summaries to provide overview of particular policy areas, including background information, leading current thinking, and promising policy proposals.

40% Research and Policy Development

Initiate policy development by researching various policy areas, identifying thought leaders in the field, and remaining abreast of most recent writing in various areas.

Analyze data in Excel and Stata and present findings accurately and accessibly in graphs and writing.

Provide periodic written updates and summaries of research findings and latest writings in defined policy issue areas.

Play a central role within a small policy team of junior and senior THP staff to discuss and review policy areas and ideas.

20% Production

Monitor author progress and communicate with authors on logistics of paper timing, contract status, and other process matters.

Play a lead role with editing, cite-checking, and production of discussion papers.

Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment in this position. Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. No phone calls and no employment agencies please.

Paid Policy Internships - Spring & Summer 2015

The Hamilton Project seeks motivated, energetic, D.C.-based team players to serve as full-time or part-time interns for academic credit or a modest hourly stipend during the spring and summer semesters. 
Hamilton Project interns will gain exposure to a broad set of policy topics while developing their analytical thinking and writing skills.  Applicants should expect a range of responsibilities, broadly defined under the following categories:
General research and writing (40%)
Interns will assist with short-term research and other projects. Examples include research for policy memos, blog posts, or other Hamilton Project work products.  In additions, interns would be expected to analyze data and create graphs for the Hamilton Project economic analyses, policy memos, presentations and other items.  
Long-term research (20%)
Working with the Hamilton Project policy team, interns would help research potential topics and authors for future Hamilton Project work.
Policy Promulgation (20%)
Interns will work with the Hamilton Project’s outreach and communications team in promoting the Project’s proposals.
Event staffing (10%)
Interns may help prepare materials for events and work at various aspects of the event, such as registration.
Miscellaneous (10%)
The applicant should be prepared to help with general office support.
Applicants should be pursing an undergraduate degree in economics or in a related field like mathematics or statistics and should have strong writing and analytical skills. Applicants should have taken introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. Coursework in statistics or econometrics is highly recommended.  Applicants will be expected to be proficient using Microsoft Excel. Proficiency with STATA, or other statistical software, is preferred.  
A successful applicant will have a strong team work ethic and a belief that no task is too big or too small. Applicants should be juniors or seniors planning to live in the D.C. area during the fall of 2014. 
Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, writing sample (no more than two pages), and an electronic unofficial transcript, and list of three references to  Please include “internship” in the subject line.

Points of Contact


The Hamilton Project
The Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

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