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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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Senior Policy Analyst – MPI Europe 

The Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPI Europe) is a nonprofit, independent research institute based in Brussels, Belgium that aims to provide a better understanding of migration in Europe and thus promote evidence-based policymaking. MPI Europe provides authoritative research and practical policy design to governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders who seek more effective management of immigration, immigrant integration, and asylum systems as well as successful outcomes for newcomers, families of immigrant background, and receiving communities in Europe. MPI Europe works collaboratively with the International Programme of its sister organisation, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), based in Washington, DC.

MPI Europe seeks a highly motivated Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst to join its dynamic Brussels team. The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional writing, editing, and analytical skills and a thorough understanding of European policy frameworks and systems to manage immigration and asylum. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Design and lead policy and research projects for MPI Europe (and for MPI’s International Programme, as appropriate), supervise project staff, and ensure rigour and quality in all project outputs.
  • Work with MPI colleagues across all programmes, as well as with external collaborators, to conduct innovative research and write influential reports, policy briefs, articles, and commentaries on various aspects of immigration and immigrant integration policy.
  • Work with MPI senior management to actively identify and pursue new funding opportunities, and lead and develop successful proposals.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships and networks with funders and external collaborators.
  • Represent MPI and promote its research and policy ideas in the media and public and private settings, including via webinars and teleconferences.
  • Contribute to the planning and strategic direction of MPI Europe, and the broader International Programme of MPI.
  • Supervise and serve as mentor to junior staff including research assistants and associate policy analysts.

Required Skills:

  • Advanced (PhD or Masters) degree in public policy or a closely related field, and a minimum of seven years of experience with strong relevance to MPI Europe’s work. Candidates holding a Bachelor’s Degree who can demonstrate significant work experience with increasing levels of responsibility and highly productive record of accomplishment will be considered.
  • Excellent understanding of the role of public policy in shaping immigration systems, and the ability to analyse, write about, and explain policy issues persuasively.
  • Substantial knowledge of EU and European governments and institutions, legislation, and political and socioeconomic context. Academic and/or professional background in migration policy.
  • Exceptional thinking, writing, and editing skills (finalists will be asked to complete an in-person writing and/or editing exercise).
  • Ability to break down, analyse, and clearly communicate policy issues to nontechnical audiences, and ability to visualise, present, and explain data effectively.
  • Sound knowledge of the qualitative and quantitative research methodologies required for designing and implementing research projects.
  • High motivation and initiative; ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritise, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated capacity in fundraising and development, and access to a wide network of decision-makers and opinion leaders in migration and adjacent fields.
  • Substantial publications record, both in the immigration and integration policy fields, and excellent reputation in the research and public policy worlds.
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including offering lead presentations and keynoting events.
  • Proven capacity to effectively manage complex projects and work collaboratively with team members.


  • Additional foreign language capability, French strongly preferred.
  • Particular knowledge of asylum, border management, security and enforcement processes, and how they interact with the immigration system as a whole.
  • Government and/or direct policy experience strongly preferred.
  • Ability to effectively collect and analyse quantitative and qualitative data through both primary and secondary sources.


The position will be remunerated competitively, according to experience. Applicants must have permission to work in Belgium.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and short writing sample to hr@migrationpolicy.org. Please indicate in your application when you would be available to start.

Closing date

15 May 2017

Communications Coordinator

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of U.S. and international migration policies, seeks a motivated and energetic Communications Coordinator who will be responsible for the layout and design of MPI publications; track and log appearances in the media; record and edit multimedia content; assist in social media campaigns and website updates; and perform other Communications activities, including management of MPI’s constituent relationship management (CRM) database, gathering of web stats and publications downloads from Google Analytics and other sources, preparation of marketing materials, event support, and monitoring of MPI public email.



  • Bachelor's degree with 2 years experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, InDesign, Drupal, Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, HTML, and Adobe Acrobat; design experience and constituent relationship management database experience strongly preferred
  • Excellent writing, editing, speaking, and interpersonal skills; knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style a plus
  • Creative, detail-oriented self-starter
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize, and complete work independently and in a timely manner
  • Willingness to learn new software and technical skills such as desktop publishing programs, database and contacts management programs, audio and video recording
  • Social media proficiency

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lay out MPI reports (InDesign) and do some cover design and design of marketing materials
  • Track and log mentions of MPI experts, research, and data in print, online, and broadcast media outlets in the U.S. and internationally; and compile a weekly package of clips
  • Organize and maintain MPI’s constituent relationship management database – adding contacts to mailing lists, cleaning up outdated contacts, performing data backups, and working with MPI’s CRM vendor to ensure smooth functioning of the database, which MPI uses to mail out more than 5 million e-mails and press releases annually. Knowledge of HTML code preferred to create templates and drop press releases and other mailings into templates in the CRM
  • Track web traffic and other statistics via Google Analytics
  • Manage in-house printing of reports, with responsibility for operating top-flight printer and overseeing report inventory and mailouts
  • Videography and photography at public events, and editing and dissemination of multimedia content
  • Assist in creating social media campaigns
  • Assist in performing general website updates
  • Assist with event setup and cleanup
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Salary and Benefits:

Salary and benefits are competitive with other similar institutions.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, salary history and short writing sample to hr@migrationpolicy.org.  Please reference “Communications Coordinator” 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 June 29, 2017; early applications are encouraged.  Due to the large number of applicants, 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.