Working for the Project

Thank you for your interest in The Hamilton Project.

The Hamilton Project seeks to advance America's promise of opportunity, prosperity, and growth. We believe that today's increasingly competitive global economy demands public policy ideas commensurate with the challenges of the 21st Century. The Project's economic strategy reflects a judgment that long-term prosperity is best achieved by fostering economic growth and broad participation in that growth, by enhancing individual economic security, and by embracing a role for effective government in making needed public investments.

Additionally, The Hamilton Project offers internships during the summer, as well as during the fall and spring semester of the academic year. The Hamilton Project internship program is highly competitive and open to undergraduate students from across the country. Hamilton Project interns will gain exposure to a broad set of policy topics while developing their analytical thinking and writing skills.


Current Openings

Research Assistant

The Hamilton Project (THP) at the Brookings Institution produces research and policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. Our 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. The Project focuses on a broad range of topics in applied microeconomics with applications to economy policy. Current projects include papers on tax relief for working families, improvements in safety net program design, cost-effective early childhood investments, reducing crime and incarceration rates, water rights and management, and efficient allocation of the wireless spectrum. 

Basic Functions  

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.                                                                                                                                            
Principle Duties and Responsibilities
 
Research and Policy Development - 40%
 
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

 Writing and Editing - 40%

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.

Production - 20%
 
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. 
 
Special Education/Experience Requirements

BA/BS (preferably in economics) or MA.  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.
 
Background

Previous THP Research Assistants have gone on to positions with the White House National Economic Council, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, the White House Office of Management & Budget, and the U.S. Department of Treasury.  Others have pursued advance degrees, moving on to the highly competitive economics PhD programs at MIT, Harvard and UC Berkeley; Yale and Harvard law schools; and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Timing

The RA positions will open during the summer of 2014 and involve a commitment of at least one year.  Specific starting dates are flexible and will be coordinated with the THP senior staff.  



Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, writing sample (no more than two pages), and an electronic unofficial transcript to Lhowell@brookings.edu

Spring and Summer 2014 Internships

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. With an Advisory Council of academic thinkers, business leaders and public policy makers, The Hamilton Project offers proposals rooted in evidence and experience and provides a platform for leading economic thinkers of every background to inject practical, innovative policy options into the national economic debate.

In the past The Hamilton Project has released papers on such topics as health care reform, immigration, anti-poverty policy, energy policy, distressed communities, education, and fiscal stimulus. In the fall, The Hamilton Project will be releasing papers on the access to higher education and policies to support low-income families, among other topics. 
 
The Hamilton Project seeks motivated, energetic team players to serve as full-time or part-time Special Assistants for academic credit during the fall semester. 
 
Responsibilities
 
Hamilton Project Special Assistants 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%)
 
Special Assistants will assist with short-term research and other projects. Examples include research for Congressional testimony, public speaking events, policy memos, blog posts, presentations of the Director and Policy Director.  In additions, interns would be expected to analyze data and create graphs for the Hamilton Project jobs blog, policy memos, presentations and other items.  
 
Long-term research (20%)
 
The Hamilton Project is planning to commission papers during the next year on topics such as higher education and poverty in the United States. Other areas of research will also arise.
 
Working with the Hamilton Project policy team, special assistants would be expected to find relevant background information in these issues as well as policy proposals and experts that The Hamilton Project could contact as possible authors of future papers.
 
Policy Promulgation (20%)
 
Special Assistants will work with the Managing Director and the Communications Coordinator in supporting outreach for the Project’s proposals.
 
Event staffing (10%)
 
Special Assistants 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.
 
Qualifications
 
Applicants should be pursing an undergraduate degree in economics or in a related field like mathematics, statistics, political science or international relations 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 highly proficient using Microsoft Excel and proficiency with STATA, or other statistical software is preferred.  Applicants may be juniors or seniors. 
 
Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, writing sample (no more than two pages), and an electronic unofficial transcript or list of economics courses you have taken with grades received to info@hamiltonproject.org. Please include “internship” in the subject line.

Points of Contact

Internships

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

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