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Research Assistant, Public Affairs

Department: Public Affairs
Requisition ID: 566241
Employment Status: CTR - Contractor
FLSA Status: Not Applicable
City, State and/or Region Washington, DC

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) prevents, mitigates and resolves violent conflicts around the world by engaging directly in conflict zones and providing analysis, education and resources to those working for peace.

These are the values we expect each USIP employee to live up to in their work and in their interactions with their colleagues.

  • Commitment
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Openness
Between $10-14 per hour
Work Schedule:
An average of 20 hours per week
Expected Project Dates:
July 2017 through May 2017, with possibility of extension 




The Research Assistant will support USIP's Public Affairs and Communications (PAC) department with a focus on media relations.

  • Research media outlets and identify journalists reporting on issues related to USIP’s work;
  • Maintain and update media lists and draft a biweekly media tipsheets;
  • Track USIP media relationships and activity, with regular reporting to Institute staff;
  • Support interviews with USIP experts and media attendance of USIP events;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • A minimum of 1 year of related experience is required.
  • Familiarity with Cision is a plus.
  • Academic major or specialization in communications, public relations, marketing, journalism or related field required.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills required.
  • Maintain databases over various platforms.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills required.

USIP's Research Assistant program is administered through the Consortium of Universities in the Washington Metropolitan area. Any full-time university student in the Washington area is eligible for these openings.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply 
To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:
1.  Cover letter
2.  Resume
3.  A brief writing sample demonstrating your research and writing ability

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For questions about this position, please email Cheryl Saferstein at Please do not send resumes or attachments to this email address. Due to the high volume of candidates, only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted. 

Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only. 

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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