Research Assistant External Relations (PE)

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Nov 02

Position description

If you have a passion for making the world a better place and want to have a front row seat to the world stage, USIP is the place for you

We are a nonpartisan institute chartered by Congress to tackle the world’s toughest problems.  Working in conflict zones around the world, our staff advise and support the military, government officials and community leaders – to promote knowledge and practices that prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflict.  To learn more about USIP programs and job openings go to  The Institute is headquartered in Washington DC with staff working in 22 different countries, at any given time up to 20% of the staff could be deployed working in the field. 


The Public Education and national outreach (PE) team is hiring a research assistant (RA) to support its work within the broader Office of External Relations.  PE advances the part of USIP’s mandate from Congress that focuses on serving the American people through outreach across the U.S. and through educational resources and engagement opportunities for a broad public audience.  

Pay: $13.25-14.05/Hour

Work schedule: 20 Hours/Week

Expected Start Date: November 2018


  • Conduct research in support of the department’s outreach to new and diverse domestic audiences, including identifying avenues for reaching new audiences, tracking relevant trends and news, and monitoring social media feeds to identify content for reposting.
  • Support existing Public Education and national outreach initiatives, including contests and programs for high school students, the Peace Teachers Program, and onsite engagements at USIP’s headquarters.
  • Assist in developing outreach materials for American students, educators and the general public, including web content, infographics/visuals, and social media posts.
  • Provide support for the department’s work to track contacts and relationships across the country, including updating databases, analyzing trends, and mapping connections.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Candidates must be a current, full-time Undergraduate or Masters student studying communications, international relations, international peace and conflict resolution, or another related subject.
  • Excellent written communication skills – the ability to prepare drafts quickly, and to write in an accessible way for non-expert audiences.
  • Strong research skills – the ability to find information quickly, to analyze based on guidance and priorities, and to summarize and synthesize findings in useful formats.
  • Experience with databases that track contacts and relationships is highly desirable; experience with Salesforce is especially useful.
  • Previous work experience in a fast-paced office environment is required.

USIP's Research Assistant program is administered through the Consortium of Universities in the Washington Metropolitan area. Any full-time university student in the Washington area is eligible for these openings.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

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