Research Assistant National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy

Migration Policy Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 31

Position description

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of national and international migration policies, seeks an exceptional individual to work in its National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy (NCIIP). The Research Assistant’s primary responsibilities will be to assist with qualitative and quantitative research and provide programmatic support in several areas of NCIIP’s work. These include, but are not limited to, the ability of adult English/basic education, workforce training, and postsecondary education systems to support the successful integration of first- and second-generation immigrants and refugees.

This position is available immediately.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Research and write memoranda, background papers, policy briefs, etc. working with other NCIIP staff
  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative analyses for diverse audiences, including policymakers, government agency managers, community stakeholders, and others
  • Interact with outside scholars, policymakers, and other stakeholders to coordinate program events and activities 
  • Assist in planning and coordinating private symposia or national webinars and conference calls on topics related to immigrant integration
  • Provide other support as needed for NCIIP research and technical assistance efforts.



  • Bachelor’s degree with 2-4 years of experience involving policy analysis, qualitative field research, and/or quantitative research in the NGO, law, and/or government sectors, or master’s degree with 1-2 years of experience
  • Superior writing, editing, verbal, and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to understand and synthesize complex policy provisions
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize, and handle multiple assignments and projects
  • Demonstrated professionalism and judgment
  • Commitment to NCIIP’s mission and general interest in immigrant integration issues.


  • Knowledge of federal and state policies relevant to immigrant integration, including, but not limited to, areas such as: adult English/basic education, workforce training, postsecondary education, local economic development, language access, and refugee resettlement 
  • Strong research skills, including familiarity with federal and state demographic and program-performance data resources.

Application instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, and short writing sample to [email protected]. Please reference “Research Assistant- NCIIP” in the subject line and include a line telling us how you heard about this position. No phone calls, please. No additional emails to staff.

Hard copies may be sent to:

Human Resources

Migration Policy Institute

1400 St NW Suite 300 

Washington, DC 20036

Applications are due by close of business on April 21, 2017. However, we encourage all candidates to apply as early as possible. Due to the large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. 

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