CEPR

Jobs, Internships, Fellowships

Organization description: 

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 founding scholars include Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot, co-directors of CEPR, and Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts.


Internship information:

CEPR generally has two paid internship positions available per semester, one each for the domestic and international programs. For reference, the approximate internship dates are listed below along with the typical application period. Please keep in mind that CEPR will always announce open internship applications by sending an email to our jobs announcement email list (you can subscribe here) and by listing positions with open application periods on this page. In other words, if a position is not posted below, then the application period is not open yet. For applicants that need permission to work in the United States, CEPR may be able to sponsor the appropriate visa. Please clearly indicate your requirements in your cover letter. Absolutely no calls or faxes, please, and no additional emails.

Fall internship, from early September through December

  • Application period: June to July

Winter-Spring internship, from early January through May

  • Application period: October to November

Summer internship, from early June through August

  • Application period: March to April

Fellowship information:

CEPR welcomes hosting those with outside fellowships under certain conditions. The fellowship must have been awarded by a fair and equitable process, and it must be paid. Fellows must work on an independent project not directed by CEPR; however, they may work on small projects related to their research for CEPR as long as their independent project remains their primary task.

Fellows are invited to apply to be hosted by CEPR by sending a cover letter (including logistical information about the fellowship), resume, and research statement to cepr[at]cepr.net. The research statement must explore the connection between the fellow’s research and CEPR’s mission and CEPR’s past work. No calls or faxes please.


Job information:

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. 

Open positions, if available, will be posted on this page. For applicants that need permission to work in the United States, CEPR may be able to sponsor the appropriate visa. Please indicate your requirements in your application. No calls or faxes please.

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The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) is currently looking for an Economist, Ph.D. preferred, to work on international issues. This is a one-year position (the specific start and end dates are somewhat flexible). This is a full-time, Washington, DC-based position.

Job Description:  The economist would perform policy-focused economic analysis and write issue briefs, research papers, and other publications on international economic issues, including some related to Latin America. The responsibilities will vary based on the applicant’s interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess most or all of the following qualifications. However, CEPR will consider strong candidates whose experience and capabilities are roughly equivalent.

  • Advanced degree in economics or related field, preferably at the Ph.D. level, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Superior writing and analytical skills.

  • Ability to initiate and conduct research projects independently.

  • In-depth knowledge of contemporary international economic issues, including trade, globalization, and policies promoted by international financial institutions.

  • Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese a plus.

  • Compatibility with CEPR’s perspective and commitment to social and economic justice.

Compensation: CEPR offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Minimum starting salary for the position is $70,246. This position will be represented by the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU).

Closing Date of Position: This position will remain open until filled.

To Apply: Send the following, in a single PDF file, to apply[at]cepr.net with the subject line “International Economist”:

  1. a cover letter;

  2. a résumé, and;

  3. an example of your writing (preferably a recent, short position paper or article on current policy matters)

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

If you have any questions, please email cepr[at]cepr.net, the contact for the International Economist Search Committee. Absolutely no calls or faxes, please.

Organization Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. It is an independent, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, DC, conducting professional research and disseminating it to the media, policy-makers, and advocates. CEPR's Advisory Board of Economists includes Nobel Laureate economists Robert Solow and Joseph Stiglitz; and Richard Freeman, Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

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.

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.