Research Assistant

United States Institute of Peace - Washington, DC3.9

If you have a passion for making the world a better place and want to have a front row seat to the world stage, USIP is the place for you.

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The Research Assistant will support the Congressionally-mandated bi-partisan Syria Study Group (SSG).

Pay: Between $13.25- $14 per hour

Work Schedule: An average of 20 hours per week; up to 40 hours per week when school is not in session

Expected Project Dates: Present through August 2018 with the possibility of extension


Take notes at SSG-related meetings and consultations.
Provide research support to inform the drafting process of the SSG report.
Monitor regional and international media for material related to the Syria conflict.
Provide administrative support as needed to include assisting with meetings and events.
Performs related duties as assigned.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and be a current, full-time graduate student studying Middle East studies, international relations, political science, international peace and conflict resolution, or another related subject.
A minimum of 1+ years of related experience is required.
Excellent research and writing skills required: the ability to find information quickly, to analyze based on guidance and priorities, and to summarize and synthesize findings in useful formats.
Proficiency in Arabic is preferred.
Background and interest in the Middle East and Syria required.
Strong organizational skills; and ability to work independently and in a team setting.
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.


To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

Cover letter
A brief writing sample demonstrating your research and writing ability
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.