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.

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Internship information:

CEPR generally has two 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 by program. Please keep in mind that CEPR will always announce open internship applications by sending an email to our jobs announcement email list (see above for subscribing) 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.

Fall internship, from early September through December

  • International program application period: May to early June
  • Domestic program application period: late June to mid-July

Winter-Spring internship, from early January through May

  • International program application period: September to early October
  • Domestic program application period: late October to mid-November

Summer internship, from early June through August

  • International program application period: February to early March
  • Domestic program application period: mid-March to early 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 Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research is currently looking for a full-time International Program Intern for Fall 2017 (early September through December).

Responsibilities include assisting staff with research on upcoming papers and opinion pieces; organizing events with Latin American delegations, CEPR staff, and visiting academics; assisting in tracking and logging press mentions; as well as working on outreach to press, advocacy organizations, and Congress.

The responsibilities vary based on their interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will be able to attend relevant events around Washington, DC.

Qualifications: We are looking for applicants with a general understanding of economics, international relations, and democracy issues, and an interest in economic justice. Previous research, data, and/or outreach experience is extremely helpful; interns with strong economics or foreign policy experience (including Master’s degrees) will have the opportunity to engage in serious research, and those with strong organizing or outreach experience will have event management opportunities. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred. The intern will need to be able to work in a fast-paced environment with limited management and be a self-starter and independent learner. Should have excellent writing and communications skills.

Stipend: $2,062.50 per month, plus up to $255.67 for health insurance reimbursement per month.

Closing Date of Position: July 18, 2017

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and a brief (2 page) answer to one of the following prompts via email to International Program Intern Search Committee at internationalintern[at]cepr.net. No calls or faxes please.

  1. How can the US improve its foreign policy toward Latin America?


  2. Briefly describe how macroeconomic policy has helped or hurt the economy of (1) the eurozone or (2) the Latin American region since the world financial crisis and recession (2008–09).

Job Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has an immediate opening for a full-time Research Assistant. The primary job responsibility is working with large individual-level data sets and related statistical programming. Other responsibilities include collecting and analyzing data from print and electronic sources, preparation of charts, tables, literature reviews, and summaries of background material for broader research projects. The position involves maintaining and updating CEPR's collection of large microdata sets at CEPRdata.org (including the CPS, ACS, PUMS, and others). Research assistants are also typically responsible for helping in the design and execution of research projects, including the description of data sources, data sets, and research results, and preparation of accurate and organized drafts of technical reports. The focus of the work is labor-market issues, including domestic social policy.

Qualifications: Successful candidates will possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree in economics, statistics, or related field, and an interest in economic justice. Experience writing programs in statistical software such as Stata, SAS or R is essential; experience with GNU/Linux is a plus. Candidates should have a strong knowledge of statistics and basic econometric techniques; experience as a research assistant or performing similar work; knowledge of standard word processing, spreadsheets, and graphics software; and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Salary & Benefits: CEPR offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. This position will be represented by the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local #70, AFL-CIO.

Closing Date of Position: July 17, 2017. In rare, extenuating circumstances, the application period may be extended or curtailed. In the event that the application period is curtailed, CEPR will update this posting to notify candidates that they have 7 calendar days remaining to apply.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, sample of past programming (Stata preferred), and a writing sample on a relevant policy topic of no more than 1,000 words via e-mail to Research Assistant Search Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No telephone calls or faxes please.