Thursday, October 29, 2015

Five Economic Studies Research Assistantships with Brookings for Spring/Summer Grads

Each year the Economic Studies Program employs approximately fifteen research assistants for one or two year appointments, preferably beginning between June 1 and August 1. This year, we are seeking to hire approximately five new assistants. The starting annual salary will be in the mid 40’s.
Research Assistant positions in Economic Studies are entry-level and involve verification of statistical and other material in manuscripts, statistical calculations, literature searches, and computer work. This position offers no opportunity for independent research during the first year. Senior RAs in their second year have occasionally co-authored papers with Senior Fellows. This position is best suited for those who have received an undergraduate degree in Economics, Mathematics, or other social sciences with a minor in Economics. Furthermore, this position best serves those who plan to go on to graduate school but prefer to work a year or two before doing so.


Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Mathematics/Statistics, Public Policy, or other Social Sciences with a minor in Economics or related discipline required. Master’s degree in similar fields or one-year job experience in economics, policy research, and/or computer modeling preferred but not required. Competence to undertake research assignments with little supervision required


Strong computer skills and experience required. Experience handling large data sets and models preferred. Independent research experience preferred. Experience with software such as SAS, STATA, SPSS and other econometric packages required.


60% Programming Simulation and Statistical Assistance

  • Works jointly with senior scholars, prepares and revises programming code, simulation macros, database files and regression estimates.
  • Prepares tables and graphs output from model simulations.
  • Updates and checks existing databanks; assembles, consolidates, and checks data from new sources.

35% Research Assistance

  • In collaboration with senior research staff, drafts material summarizing research results on specific topics as assigned, for incorporation into working papers and project publications
  • Provides analytical reviews and summaries of existing literature pertinent to the projects.
  • Locates and collects relevant documents and data from sources such as electronic databases, libraries, and government publications.
  • Compiles, reads, abstracts, and organizes written material into bibliographic form and summaries.
  • Maintains electronic bibliography files.
  • Assist with special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

5% Communications and Outreach

  • Update web pages in support of the scholar’s area of interest.
  • Conduct Internet searches for related information to support documentation presented in related Web Pages.
  • Write and edit summaries to be posted on pages relating to scholar's work.
  • Gather related bibliographic, link and current event information in support of pages to be created for a scholar's topic area.
  • Assist designated scholar(s) with event preparation and logistics as needed.

Application Procedure
Applications will be accepted until February 12, 2016. Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be uploaded separately if necessary, but the same deadline applies. No applications will be accepted after this date and incomplete applications will not be considered. We do not conduct on site interviews, although most senior staff will conduct phone interviews. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We will make selections by mid-March. Decisions are based on the application documents.
A complete application will include the ALL of following items:
  • Current resume
  • Cover letter
  • Completed application form
  • A copy of your latest undergraduate transcript (and a graduate transcript if applicable),
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or past employers/supervisors
*If necessary, letters of recommendation can be sent to Jennifer Ambrosino at her contact below.
If there are any specific questions please contact Jennifer Ambrosino at