The Revolving Door Project, a project of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), scrutinizes executive branch personnel (current and potential) as well as congressional oversight of the executive branch. Our goal is to ensure political appointees serve the broad public interest, rather than corporations’ narrow political agenda or their own personal advancement.

The Revolving Door Project has an opening for a Research Intern for the Fall of 2019. This is a part-time, 10 hour per week, Washington, DC-based position.

Job Description: A Research Intern for the Revolving Door Project (RDP) at CEPR is responsible for a variety of important duties. The position involves:

  • Juggling both long and short term research assignments;

  • Working with and helping to manage multiple proprietary databases;

  • Contributing to blogs and reports; and

  • Occasional proofreading, website, social media, and operations support.

The Research Intern will primarily be responsible for updating and expanding the project’s databases of political fundraisers and influencers as well as independent federal agency appointments. They will have the opportunity, and indeed be encouraged, to propose and undertake independent research projects that draw further attention to these resources.


  • Successful candidates will be working towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree and will have an interest in topics such as economic justice, American politics, and law.

  • Candidates should have some or all of the following: an interest in research; strong knowledge of the political landscape; experience at a nonprofit, union, or similar environment with a track record of successful work; and the ability to learn new software and skills quickly.

  • A successful candidate will also have excellent attention to detail, ability to handle multiple projects and manage workflow effectively, good written and verbal communication skills, ability to work both independently and with a team, a sense of humor, and a shared commitment to CEPR and RDP’s mission and values.

Salary: The Revolving Door Project will pay a wage of $15 per hour.

Closing Date of Position: August 30, 2019 (at 11:59 PM, Eastern time).

In rare, extenuating circumstances, the application period may be extended or shortened. In the event that the application period is shortened, CEPR will update this posting to notify candidates that they have seven calendar days remaining to apply.

To Apply: Send the following, in a single PDF file, to rdpjobs[at]cepr.net with the subject line “Research Intern, Revolving Door Project”:

1. a cover letter;

2. a résumé; and

3. a writing sample on a relevant policy-related topic of anywhere from 500 to 1,500 words, or a description of a project you have completed independently or at another organization.

Please do not submit additional information apart from the items listed above. You may address your cover letter to the Research Assistant Search Committee if you wish.

Search committees usually make a decision within three weeks of the deadline of the application. If you have any questions, please email hauser[at]cepr.net. Absolutely no calls.

Organization Description:  CEPR was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. In order for citizens to effectively exercise their voices in a democracy, it is necessary that they be informed about the problems and choices that they face. An informed public should then be able to choose policies that lead to an improving quality of life, both for people within the United States, and around the world.

Toward this end, CEPR conducts both professional research and public education so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options. The professional research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies, both domestically and globally. The public education portion of CEPR's mission is to present the findings of professional research, both by CEPR and others, in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates. As part of its public education initiative, CEPR utilizes research findings and analysis to challenge the myths, assumptions, policies and institutions that perpetuate economic and social inequality.

CEPR's Co-directors are Eileen Appelbaum and Mark Weisbrot. Weisbrot founded CEPR along with Senior Economist Dean Baker.

CEPR is an equal opportunity employer that considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.