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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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MPI Europe

Migration Policy Institute

MPI Europe Program Assistant/Associate Policy Analyst

Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPI Europe) is a nonprofit, independent research institute in Brussels that aims to provide a better understanding of migration in Europe and thus promote effective 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 seeks a highly motivated Program Assistant or Associate Policy Analyst to join its dynamic Brussels team. Primary tasks include managing the Institute’s events and meetings, assisting in policy-relevant writing and editing, and producing high-quality research to support the MPI Europe team. The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional organizational, writing, editing, and analytical skills, as well as a thorough understanding of the European Union and European policy frameworks for immigration and asylum. Salary and job title will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Coordination

  • Primary responsibility, under supervision, for coordinating public events and private roundtables for MPI Europe and MPI’s International Program, including helping to conceptualize projects, develop event agendas, manage correspondence with participants, and coordinate with external contributors and partners.
  • Routinely draft official correspondence and develop project materials.
  • Prepare and/or edit commissioned papers, including background papers, memoranda, reports, articles, etc., with guidance of senior staff.
  • Actively monitor current migration debates and developments.
  • Maintain and update MPI Europe contacts and mailing lists, calendar activities, and programmatic documents.


  • Contribute to drafting and editing explanatory and analytical reports, policy briefs, and other research materials, independently and with supervision.
  • Carry out literature reviews, gathering quantitative and qualitative data, to contribute to analytical research products, ensuring timeliness and accuracy in reporting.
  • Contribute to and/or co-author MPI Europe articles and publications; possibility to single- and/or lead-author policy briefs or similar publications with appropriate experience and guidance.


  • Assist senior staff in fundraising duties, including writing sections of grant proposals and reports, conducting research on prospective funding opportunities.
  • Offer support to the MPI Europe team with project management and other tasks where necessary.
  • Represent MPI Europe in interactions with members of the European policy community.



  • Master’s degree with 2 years work experience, including relevant internships (Program Assistant) or 3-5 years work experience (Associate Policy Analyst). Candidates holding a bachelor’s degree who can demonstrate significant work experience will be considered.
  • Excellent English writing and editing skills (finalists will be asked to complete an in-person writing and/or editing exercise).
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail.
  • High motivation and initiative; ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work independently as well as a part of a team.
  • Proven research and analytical skills.
  • Substantial knowledge of EU and European governments and institutions, legislation, and socioeconomic context.
  • Academic and/or professional background in migration policy.

Strongly Preferred

  • Knowledge of immigrant labor market integration trends and policies. Awareness of issues related to the integration of immigrant children and unaccompanied minors.
  • Knowledge of EU and European policy framework and processes regarding migration and asylum.
  • Additional foreign language capability, French strongly preferred.
  • Ability to effectively collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data through primary and secondary sources.
  • Knowledge and application of data and statistical analysis (with high proficiency in Excel), and related software packages.

To Apply:

Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, a short writing sample, and two references (MPI will communicate with candidate prior to references being contacted) to hr@migrationpolicy.org. Please indicate start date availability.

Applications are due by October 16, 2016.

The position is located in Brussels and will begin in October/November 2016. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will be granted a one-year contract, with possible extension. Applicants must be work authorized in Belgium.

Migration Policy Institute Europe 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.

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.