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The Economic Security and Opportunity Initiative (ESOI) of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality works with policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and advocates to develop effective policies and practices to alleviate poverty and inequality in the United States. Areas of research include tax and benefits, jobs and education, health and human service delivery, and census, all with a cross-cutting focus on racial and gender equity.

Summer 2020 Research Assistant

Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Economic Security and Opportunity Initiative (ESOI) currently has several openings for full-time Research Assistants (RAs) for summer 2020. We’re looking for Georgetown law and graduate students who share a commitment to our mission to develop and advance ideas that alleviate poverty and inequality, advance racial and gender equity, and expand economic inclusion for all in the United States.

RAs will:

  • Conduct policy research on economic security issues and analyze pending legislation, existing laws and policies, and new policy ideas and proposals;
  • Help draft reports, policy briefs, fact sheets, articles, blog posts, op-eds, talking points, public presentations, and other written materials; and
  • Develop charts, infographics, and other visual representations of data.

ESOI RAs will make significant contributions to our current projects, which include research and policy development focused on broad based economic security policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, postsecondary education, job creation, paid family medical leave, census, tax credits, universal family care, subsidized employment, human services, social determinants of health, and unemployment insurance, all with an intersectional focus on racial equity and gender justice.

RAs should have excellent research & writing skills and professional, academic and/or lived experience with issues related to poverty, economic justice, social inclusion, racial equity, and/or gender equity. Interested candidates should send a Resume, Cover Letter, and Writing Sample to Olivia Vita at


GCPI’s ESOI welcomes applications from current law students from any ABA-accredited law school seeking a postgraduate fellowship that is partially or fully-funded by an external source (e.g., Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Justice Catalyst, Soros, the fellow’s law school, etc.). If interested in a fellowship opportunity with ESOI, please email