E.g., 09/17/2019
E.g., 09/17/2019

Work at MPI

Work at MPI

Research Assistant – Immigration Policy and Services and Supports for Children and Families


The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to the study of migration policies in the United States and around the world, seeks a Research Assistant in support of MPI’s work relating to the intersections between immigration policies, needs of families and children, and health and human services programs. The Research Assistant’s primary responsibilities will be to assist with qualitative and quantitative research and provide programmatic support in several areas. These include, but are not limited to, policy development, including state and local efforts to address more comprehensive services for refugee families; community supports and services for unaccompanied children; immigration issues arising in child welfare systems; and researching strategies for addressing fears of participation in public-health and benefits programs in the current enforcement climate. The job is based in Washington, DC.


  • Bachelor’s degree with 1-3 years of experience involving policy analysis, qualitative field research, and/or quantitative research in NGO, law, and/or government sectors
  • Familiarity with policy issues relating to U.S. immigration policy, health and human services, or preferably both
  • Ability to understand and synthesize complex policy provisions
  • Research, organization, and project management skills
  • Superior writing and editing abilities
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize, and handle multiple assignments
  • Demonstrated professionalism, judgment
  • Team player

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in researching and writing background papers, memoranda, policy briefs, articles, op-eds, etc. working in collaboration with other MPI staff
  • Assist in planning fieldwork, site visits, and telephone interviews
  • Interact with researchers, government officials, program providers, and other stakeholders to coordinate program events and activities
  • Assist in planning and coordinating private symposia or national webinars and conference calls

Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits are competitive.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to hr@migrationpolicy.org. Please reference “Research Assistant” 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 September 16, 2019. 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.

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