Independent Fellow

Work with the D.C. Policy Center as an Independent Fellow

The D.C. Policy Center is looking for a self-motivated and well-organized research assistant to work in a fast-paced think tank focused on the District of Columbia. Our research areas include the economy, education, housing, transportation, business conditions, public safety and criminal justice, demographic change, poverty and economic mobility, and workforce development.

This is an entry-level position primarily focused on research and data analysis, with additional communication and administrative support duties. The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative and writing skills, excellent attention to detail, and a deep interest in the economies of D.C. and the metropolitan region.


Research and data support (70%)

  • Support staff by conducting background research on various topics, such as housing, business conditions, and education.
  • Create and format tables, charts, maps, and data visualizations.
  • Support data operations by pulling, cleaning, organizing, and analyzing data.
  • Assist in writing and editing articles, reports, press releases, and other publications for internal and external audiences.

Communications and web support (20%)

  • Manage email newsletter and social media accounts.
  • Prepare articles and reports for publication on the D.C. Policy Center website.

Administrative support (10%)

  • Assist with scheduling and event planning, and support meetings and events.
  • Additional administrative duties as necessary.


Experience and skills

  • Clear and concise writing skills.
  • An interest in economic and social policy issues.
  • Education or experience in basic analytical research and statistical analysis.
  • Education or experience in mapping and data visualization (e.g., GIS, Tableau), and interest in expanding these skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and social media.
  • Some familiarity with statistical packages and/or programming languages (e.g., SAS, Stata, R, Python), including experience working with large-scale datasets, and a willingness to develop these skills.
  • Excellent time management skills, with an ability to take initiative, work independently, and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.


  • Education or experience in economics, business, public policy, education, public health, statistics, demography, or related fields.
  • Analytical research skills and experience in econometrics and statistical analysis, especially experience working with large-scale datasets.
  • Experience analyzing and visualizing data with tools such as SAS, Stata, R, GIS, Tableau, and/or Python in an applied research setting.
  • Experience extracting and analyzing state-, city-, and tract-level data from national data sources, such as the American Community Survey.
  • Knowledge of D.C. government and policies.