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) has an immediate opening for a Program Assistant. This is a full-time, Washington, DC-based position.

Job Description: The Program Assistant for the International Program at CEPR is responsible for a variety of important duties within the organization. The position plays an essential role in a number of daily tasks focused around releasing materials in English and Spanish for public or private audiences. These tasks include proofreading and formatting documents for publication, coordinating translations, and disseminating CEPR materials for various audiences. For economic releases, this can include gathering and graphing various economic data. The Program Assistant is responsible for various operations in the office, including answering incoming inquiries, assisting with the planning and execution of events, and other miscellaneous tasks. 

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree as well as an interest in economic justice.

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

  • Candidates should have some or all of the following: strong knowledge of the political landscape; experience using economic data; experience at a nonprofit, union, or similar environment with a track record of successful work; experience with publication layout/design, website content management, and email distribution programs; knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, graphing and visualization software (Tableau preferred but not required) and graphing best practices; and the ability to learn new software and skills quickly.

  • Experience with any of the following is not required but desirable: coalitions and coalition building, the US Congress, Photoshop or Illustrator, statistical analysis, website design and maintenance, and video and audio production/editing.

  • Background in or familiarity with current events in Latin America and/or the eurozone is a strong plus.

  • Written and oral proficiency in Spanish a plus.

Salary & Benefits: This position has a minimum starting salary of $47,746. CEPR offers an excellent benefits package. This position will be represented by the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (Local 70), AFL-CIO.

Closing Date of Position: Thursday, October 17, 2019 (at 11:59PM, 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 apply[at]cepr.net with the subject line “Program Assistant”:

  1. a cover letter;

  2. a résumé; and

  3. a writing sample of no more than 1,000 words answering the question, “How can the US improve its foreign policy toward Latin America?”

Please do not submit additional information apart from the items listed above. You may address your cover letter to the Program 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 cepr[at]cepr.net, the contact for the Program Assistant Search Committee. Absolutely no calls or faxes.

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

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.

Summary and Background:

The Revolving Door Project (RDP) at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) is currently accepting proposals to build the organization’s website. RDP currently lacks a dedicated web home and is looking to create a simple, but professional website to highlight the organization’s work to new allies, members of the media, and stakeholders.

RDP scrutinizes executive branch appointees to ensure they use their office to serve the broad public interest, rather than to entrench corporate power or seek personal advancement. It produces regular content towards this goal in the way of quotes in high-profile articles, op-eds, blog posts, and newsletters. It also maintains the Independent Federal Agency Monitor which tracks appointments to independent federal agency boards from nomination through confirmation. The Monitor pulls its information from a shared Google Sheets document.

Goals

While RDP has achieved significant attention and recognition through these activities, it has come to recognize its lack of a web home as a potential hindrance to further relationship-building. RDP, therefore, seeks a website that will

  • allow people who are unfamiliar with our work to learn about the organization, its mission, and its work products;

  • provide an attractive, easy-to-navigate home for the organization’s content, including media mentions, blog posts, op-eds, newsletters, FOIA requests, and public comments; 

  • be easy to manage for a team that does not have a dedicated web developer.

Additionally, RDP is seeking to redesign its Independent Federal Agency Monitor. The Monitor contains a great deal of information, but it is currently displayed in a way that is difficult to read. Furthermore, the contents are displayed across several pages, making it difficult to compare content for different agencies, which was one of the tool’s primary aims. With this in mind, we are seeking a redesign that will make the Monitor more attractive and user-friendly. It is currently built using JavaScript DataTables. We’re looking for an application that is more user and mobile friendly. We would also like the developer to work with us to create a tracker tool template that will allow us to easily build out and display tools of a similar nature.