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Work at MPI

Work at MPI

Internship Opportunities

MPI’s internship program has trained more than 120 future migration scholars and policy analysts. Interns have opportunities to publish, and more than half of MPI’s interns are now published authors in the field of migration. We offer Research and Editorial/Communications internships. 

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Migration Policy Institute

Associate Policy Analyst, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of national and international migration policies, seeks a dynamic and experienced individual to work in the Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy (NCIIP). The position’s primary functions are to produce qualitative and quantitative analysis on elementary and secondary education issues affecting English Learners (ELs) and children from immigrant families, and support a range of program activities designed to assist stakeholders at state and local levels in understanding and addressing policy challenges and opportunities affecting these students in the K-12 policy arena.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree with relevant coursework
  • 3-5 years relevant work experience involving policy analysis, qualitative field research, and/or quantitative research in NGO, law, and/or government sectors
  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. education policy and practice issues relevant to the success of first- and second-generation immigrant youth and/or English Learners in elementary and secondary schools
  • Ability to understand and synthesize complex policy provisions and education-related datasets
  • Proven research, organization, and project management skills
  • Superior writing and editing abilities
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize, and handle multiple assignments and projects
  • Demonstrated professionalism, judgment
  • Team player and comfort with public speaking

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to NCIIP research and technical assistance efforts focused on educational success for EL and first- and second-generation immigrant students
  • Research and write background papers, memoranda, policy briefs, articles, etc. working in collaboration with other NCIIP staff
  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative analyses for diverse audiences, including policymakers, government agency managers, community stakeholders, and others
  • Plan and execute fieldwork site visits and telephone interviews
  • Interact with outside scholars, policymakers, and other stakeholders to coordinate program events and activities
  • Ensure timeliness and accuracy in the completion of project activities
  • Represent NCIIP externally at conferences and meetings as required; deliver presentations for multiple audiences

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and salary history to hr@migrationpolicy.org. Please reference “Associate Policy Analyst - NCIIP” in the subject line and include a line telling us how you heard about this position.

Hard copies may be sent to:

Human Resources
Migration Policy Institute
1400 16th St NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC  20036

Applications are due by close of business on November 4, 2016. Due to the large number of applicants expected, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Migration Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion or physical ability.

Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. Immigration Policy Program

This senior position is with the U.S. Immigration Policy Program of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan, independent think tank dedicated to the study of migration policies in the United States and around the world. The successful candidate will help shape immigration policy research and analysis for MPI’s U.S. and North America-related work. The position requires leadership and management skills, as well as knowledge of the migration field. The Senior Policy Analyst works with a team to develop and promote policy ideas, pertinent to current public debates, which improve the effectiveness of the nation’s immigration system. Among other things, the Program is examining the changing economic, demographic, and other assumptions underlying immigration debates; developing administrative and legislative policy ideas on key immigration law and policy challenges; and assessing the implementation and impacts of immigration enforcement regimes. The position provides significant opportunities to grow in expertise, public visibility, and thought leadership.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a lead member of MPI’s U.S. immigration team and assume broad responsibility for designing, managing, and executing policy research and analysis on U.S. immigration issues and questions.
  • Develop and oversee new projects and the research methodologies to implement them. Write research reports and policy analysis pieces in a variety of formats, including fact sheets, policy briefs, expert testimony for congressional hearings, and op-eds.
  • Represent MPI and promote its research and policy ideas in the media and in public and private settings.
  • Work within MPI’s senior management structure to identify and pursue new funding opportunities, and maintain and build relationships with funders.
  • Organize and lead private meetings and public events with senior government and elected officials—both U.S. and international—and civil-society leaders.
  • Supervise the work of junior policy analysts, research assistants, and interns, and help guide their professional growth.



  • Advanced degree in political science, economics, sociology, public policy, or a closely related field, and a minimum of 5 years of experience (3 years with a PhD) relevant to MPI’s work. Strong data skills preferred.
  • Experience leading and managing multidisciplinary teams and research.
  • The ability to analyze and explain policies and underlying factors affecting policies in plain English.
  • Willingness to take responsibility for fundraising and development.
  • A record of publications in immigration policy fields.
  • Strong organization, project management, and people skills. Experience in public speaking and media interviews and appearances.

Strongly Preferred

  • Professional fluency in Spanish.
  • Understanding of the role of labor market dynamics, politics, demographics, and other factors in shaping immigration policy and administration.
  • Experience working with U.S. decisionmakers and opinion leaders in migration and related fields.
  • Experience with analysis of administrative datasets.
  • Familiarity with North American issues, particularly involving Mexico and Central America.

To Apply:

Candidates should send a cover letter about interest in the position, resume, and short writing sample to hr@migrationpolicy.org.

Applications are due by July 1, 2016.

The position is located in Washington, DC. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Migration Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability. Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Employment Opportunities: Due to the large volume of applications received, we regret that we are not able to respond to individual inquiries regarding application status. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.