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

Managing Director


The Managing Director of the Hamilton Project will develop and execute an overall outreach and communications strategy for The Hamilton Project (THP). Develop and organize major policy forums, public events, and special projects to highlight THP work. Work with Senior Fellow and Director to manage the Hamilton Project, including operations, budget, operations, and outreach to Advisory Council of public policy makers, academic experts and business leaders. Provide guidance on all areas of research and product development.

Bachelors degree required. Graduate degree (such as MPP, JD, MBA) strongly preferred. Background in economics or public policy required. Minimum ten years of experience, including work in government or policy environment. High level communications, outreach, event planning, and project management experience required.


Strong organizational, event planning, and writing skills; ability to work independently and manage multiple projects.

Familiarity with national press, esp. in economic field. Must be comfortable working collaboratively in a team environment.

Outreach and Communications Strategy (50%)

Develop and implement THP’s overall communications and outreach strategy.

Develop agendas and organize public policy forums to showcase THP work; with support of Senior Project and Event

Coordinator, oversee all event logistics.

Create and implementation outreach strategy for the Hill and Administration on policy issues relevant to the work of THP.

Create and implement media strategy around paper releases and THP events, including background on new releases and coordinating interviews with scholars to go “on the record” about THP proposals.

Oversee design and content of independent Hamilton Project website and Hamilton Project content on Brookings website.

With support of THP’s Social Media and Web Coordinator, develop and implement social media strategy, leveraging tools available through the independent Hamilton Project website.

Research and Product Development (25%)

Work with Director and Policy Director to plan policy agenda.

Work with Director and Policy Director in framing and developing THP work product.

Organize authors’ conference to provide academic and stakeholder input on draft policy proposals.

Review and provide input on multiple rounds of THP policy proposals and other work products.

Track and assess pending legislative policy developments related to THP.

Project Management (25%)

Support Director in managing day-to-day operations of the team.

Serve as Project lead on hiring and HR activities.

Oversee budget and development process.

Serve as liaison to the Project’s Advisory Council.

Serve as administrative liaison within Brookings for THP.

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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