Work With Us

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. We are a growing team of nearly 20 staff, plus 8-12 part-time student workers, funded through philanthropic grants and contracts with partner organizations.

If you share our commitment to economic, racial, and gender equity, consider applying for one of our open positions.

Research Assistant

Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Economic Security and Opportunity Initiative (ESOI) often has openings for part-time Research Assistants (RAs). 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, writing sample, and cover letter (which should include the number of hours you’d hope to work per week–between 10-20 is ideal), to gcpiesoi@georgetown.edu.

Quantitative Research Assistant

Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Economic Security and Opportunity Initiative (ESOI) has an opening for part-time quantitative Research Assistants (RAs). We’re looking for Georgetown students with a desire to strengthen their quantitative and statistical programming skills, 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. Undergrads, graduate students, and law students welcome!

RAs will:

  • Retrieve, organize, validate, and explore public-use datasets (e.g. ATUS, IPEDS) related to our work on economic security and opportunity
  • Develop an understanding of core survey concepts in order to reproduce and expand upon prominent tables and charts used in flagship government reports
  • Conduct policy research on economic security issues and analyze pending legislation, existing laws and policies, and new policy ideas and proposals
  • Develop charts, infographics, and other visual representations of data.

ESOI RAs will make significant contributions to our projects, which include research and policy development focused on broad-based economic security policy, postsecondary education, job creation, 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 skills;
  • Experience with statistical analysis (preferably in Stata, R, or Python) or capacity and desire to learn to code; 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 (which should include the number of hours you’d hope to work per week–between 10-20 is ideal), and Quantitative Work Sample (e.g. a well-organized spreadsheet, sample code, or quantitative methodology section from a report that shows your ability to collect, organize, validate, analyze, interpret, and/or communicate quantitative data) to gcpiesoi@georgetown.edu.