Job Opportunities at ITIF


Director, Broadband Policy

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)—the world’s top-ranked think tank for science and technology policy—seeks a director to conduct research and engage in public policy debates on a range of issues related to broadband and spectrum policy, with a particular focus on how it impacts technological innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. ITIF believes government and the private sector both have key roles to play in ensuring U.S. telecommunications networks develop to their fullest potential: The private sector, guided by facilities-based competition, is primarily responsible for providing broadband services, while government must provide important support in areas such as spectrum management, closing the digital divide, and engaging in light-touch regulation. ITIF has long focused on this nexus of broadband issues and seeks to continue expanding this work.

The director will lead ITIF’s work on broadband policy as it relates to innovation, reporting directly to ITIF’s president. In consultation with ITIF’s president, the director will identify the most important areas to research; author reports, blog posts, and op-eds; moderate panel discussions at public events; engage with lawmakers and policy staff; provide on-the-record interviews to news media; and represent ITIF at official hearings, conferences, and other venues. During the COVID remote-working period, the position can be anywhere. But after this period is over, the position will be in Washington, DC, to network with policymakers and other stakeholders on broadband and spectrum matters.

The ideal applicant will be a seasoned policy analyst with deep knowledge and experience in broadband law and policy, with the ability to be a thought leader on the issue. The applicant will have a strong interest in Internet policy debates, including net neutrality, broadband competition, infrastructure regulation, and comparison of international broadband policy regimes.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and analyze ongoing policy developments and engage in public debates on the major broadband issues of the day.
  • Research and write clear and incisive policy reports, op-ed articles, blog posts, and other publications and materials on broadband policy and innovation. 
  • Serve as the public face of ITIF to the media and others on broadband policy.
  • Supervise a small team of broadband-focused research assistants and/or policy analysts.

Qualifications:

  • Strong track record of writing analytical policy reports, law review articles, op-eds, or other forms of policy-oriented communication that are clear and persuasive.
  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience in law, economics, public policy, or related field.
  • Knowledge of industrial organization or network economics, the history of U.S. telecommunications law and policy, and current debates surrounding broadband policy and regulation.
  • Deep understanding and proven ability to critique a variety of arguments and analyses regarding broadband issues and claims.
  • Exceptional writing skills, especially an ability to communicate succinctly and persuasively to policy audiences.
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Keen interest in technology, innovation, and public policy.
  • Ideally an understanding of broadband regulatory regimes not just in the United States but in other regions as well, particularly Europe.

Salary and benefits:

  • Competitive salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a health and retirement benefits package, generous paid vacation, annual performance-based bonus, and public transportation benefit.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter stating your specific interest and qualifications for the position. Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered.
  • Resume.
  • Links to three published articles, preferably on broadband-related topics, and ideally including at least one op-ed and at least one longer work (such as a magazine feature, an academic journal or law-review article, a professional white paper, or the like).


Senior Analyst, Center for Data Innovation

The Center for Data Innovation is seeking a senior policy analyst to lead a research initiative on data-driven innovation in the retail sector, examining policy issues such as automation, e-commerce, digital payments, anti-counterfeiting, supply chains, and delivery logistics. The senior policy analyst will be responsible for producing a series of in-depth research reports, blogs, and op-eds exploring these issues for an audience of policymakers, academics, industry experts, and non-profit stakeholders. The ideal applicant will be a highly productive writer, an effective oral communicator, and detail-oriented analyst capable of developing original insights and analysis while thriving in a collaborative team-oriented environment.

The Center for Data Innovation is a research organization with offices in Washington, DC and Brussels that is part of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the world’s top ranked science and technology policy think tank.

This position will be based out of Washington, DC and report to the Center’s director.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Conduct research assignments as directed.
  • Proactively write op-eds, blogs, and regulatory filings.
  • Organize and present research at public and private events.
  • Monitor key policy developments and formulate policy positions.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in public policy, economics, political science, law, statistics, information science, computer science, or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years full-time experience working as a policy analyst or a similar position.
  • Demonstrated interest in technology, retail, and public policy.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent research, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Proactive and flexible, with an ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

Salary and benefits:

Competitive salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a health benefits package, generous paid vacation, annual performance-based bonus, and public transportation benefit.

Application process:

To apply for this position, please submit the following to [email protected].

  • Cover letter stating your specific interest and qualifications for the position (1 page, max). Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered;
  • Resume (2 pages, max); and
  • Writing sample, preferably on a topic related to technology policy (3 pages max).

Applications will be considered until the position is filled (last updated June 14, 2021).


Senior Analyst, EU Digital Policy, Center for Data Innovation

The Center for Data Innovation is seeking a senior policy analyst to focus on digital policy in the EU.

The ideal applicant should not only be an excellent researcher who is able to quickly produce high-quality written content, but also an engaging public speaker and social media pundit who is committed to advancing data-driven innovation to spur economic growth and improve quality of life. The applicant should have a deep understanding of the existing tech policy debates in Brussels, including issues such as data protection, content moderation, platform regulation, cybersecurity, and technology adoption, and be willing to use evidence and logic to challenge conventional wisdom when appropriate.

This position will be based in Brussels and be hired on a renewable annual contract.

Please note that due to uncertainties about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, applicants must have their own computer, a broadband Internet connection, and a safe and appropriate place to telework.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Write reports, blog posts, op-eds, and responses to consultations on relevant European digital policy issues.
  • Regularly contribute to the Center’s successful series of interviews “5 Questions with a Data Innovator” to highlight different stories from Europe about how data innovation is changing government and industry.
  • Organize, host, and speak at conferences, panel discussions, debates, and other policy events.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders involved in digital policy, including European policymakers, thought leaders, media, and other key influencers.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree (or equivalent experience) in public policy, economics, political science, law, statistics, information science, computer science, or a related field.
  • Relevant professional experience with a clear track record of success analyzing public policy issues and educating policymakers about legislative or regulatory solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in technology policy.
  • Superior English communication skills, both oral and written, with a proven record of writing, clear, succinct, and persuasive research papers, op-eds, blog posts, and other materials for an audience of policymakers.
  • Excellent research, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Highly proactive and flexible, with an ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to network and build relationships with outside organizations.

Application process:

To apply for this position, please submit the following to [email protected].

  • Cover letter stating your specific interest and qualifications for the position (1 page, max). Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered;
  • Resume (2 pages, max); and
  • Writing sample, preferably on a topic related to technology policy (3 pages max).

Applications will be considered until the position is filled (last updated November 24, 2021).


Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation

The Center for Data Innovation is seeking a Policy Analyst to focus on the role of artificial intelligence, automation, and analytics in the retail sector. Policy issues that this analyst will cover may include e-commerce, digital payments, anti-counterfeiting, supply chains, retail automation, and delivery logistics. The ideal applicant should have a background in technology and public policy, as well as exceptional writing skills. This position will be based in Washington, DC or remote (North America only) and report to the Center’s director.

The Center for Data Innovation is a research organization with offices in Washington, DC and Brussels that is part of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the world’s top-ranked science and technology policy think tank.

Essential responsibilities:

  1. Conduct research assignments as directed.
  2. Regularly produce research reports, blogs, op-eds, and government filings.
  3. Organize and present research at public and private events.
  4. Monitor key policy developments and formulate policy positions.

Qualifications:

  1. Graduate degree in public policy, economics, political science, law, statistics, information science, computer science, or a related field—or equivalent experience.
  2. Demonstrated interest and background in technology and public policy.
  3. Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written.
  4. Excellent research, analytical, and organizational skills.
  5. Proactive and flexible, with an ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

Salary and benefits:

Competitive salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a health benefits package, generous paid vacation, annual performance-based bonus, and public transportation benefit.

Application process:

To apply for this position, please submit the following to [email protected].

  1. Cover letter stating your specific interest and qualifications for the position (1 page, max). Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered;
  2. Resume (2 pages, max); and
  3. Writing sample, preferably on a topic related to technology policy (3 pages max).

Applications will be considered until the position is filled (last updated October 1, 2021)


Policy Analyst, Augmented and Virtual Reality

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the world’s top ranked science and technology policy think tank, is seeking a policy analyst to manage its AR/VR research workstream. The ideal applicant should have a demonstrated interest in emerging technologies and public policy, as well as exceptional written and oral communication skills. Individuals with a strong interest in immersive technologies and related policy issues including privacy and data stewardship, safety and security, and public sector innovation, as well as how AR/VR and related technologies can impact equity and economic opportunity, are strongly encouraged to apply. This position will report to the vice president of ITIF.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Write research reports, op-eds, and regulatory filings and formulate positions on emerging policy issues.
  • Organize public events, submit proposals for external conferences, and represent ITIF in public and private events, roundtables, and working groups.
  • Attend and summarize relevant hearings and events and track legislation and regulations.
  • Support strategic planning for the ongoing development of the AR/VR research project, including identifying research priorities, key stakeholders, and potential partners.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree (or equivalent experience) in public policy, economics, political science, statistics, information science, computer science, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated interest in technology and public policy; experience with or knowledge of immersive technologies or related policy issues preferred.
  • Experience with project management and stakeholder engagement.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent research, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Proactive and flexible, with an ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

Salary and benefits:

Competitive salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a health benefits package, generous paid vacation, annual performance-based bonus, and public transportation benefit.

Application process:

To apply for this position, please submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter stating your specific interest and qualifications for the position (1 page, max). Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered;
  • Resume (1 page, max); and
  • Writing sample, preferably on a topic related to tech policy (2-3 pages max).

Applications will be considered until the position is filled (last updated November 16, 2021).


Policy Analyst, Economics of Biopharmaceutical Innovation

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)—the world’s top-ranked think tank for science and technology policy—seeks a policy analyst to conduct research and engage in public policy debates on a range of issues related to innovation in the biopharmaceutical industry, with a particular focus on U.S. competitiveness and drug innovation. ITIF has long focused on this area of innovation and now seeks to ramp up its work. This is a full-time, permanent position.

The policy analyst will conduct research on a host of economic issues related to the biopharma industry, including U.S. competitiveness relative to other nations and the role of regulation, including drug pricing, on innovation. The position reports to ITIF’s Vice President of Global Innovation Policy. The analyst will conduct research and author reports, blog posts, and op-eds. The position will ideally be based in Washington, DC, but remote work is possible.

The ideal applicant will have strong economic analysis capabilities, including a facility with econometrics, and an understanding the economics of industry and economic policy.

The successful candidate will have the chance to shape and deliver an exciting program of work on the economics of life-sciences innovation and be part of a dynamic and committed team.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and analyze ongoing policy developments and engage in public debates on biopharma competitiveness and innovation.
  • Carry out in-depth economic research and communicate findings by writing clear and incisive policy reports, op-ed articles, blog posts, and other publications.
  • Represent ITIF as a public speaker at conferences, panel discussions, debates, and other events.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships and networks with key stakeholders involved in research and policy.

Qualifications:

  • At least three years’ experience in the field of economics or related public policy field.
  • Proven track record of producing high-quality research outputs, policy reports, op-eds, or other forms of policy-oriented communication.
  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience in economics, public policy, or political economy.
  • Strong writing skills, especially an ability to communicate succinctly and persuasively to policy audiences in clear, accessible white papers, blogs, and readily publishable op-eds.
  • Strong communication skills (including ability to present effectively in policy debates and speeches, work productively in a team environment, and communicate clearly).
  • Keen interest in and support for technological innovation and innovation policy.
  • Passion for engaging in policy debates, speaking at events, and promoting research for influential audiences.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work on multiple projects concurrently is essential.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please submit the following to [email protected]:  

  • Cover letter stating your specific interest and qualifications for the position. Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered.
  • Resume.
  • A writing sample of relevant materials not more than 5-7 pages.


Spring Communications Intern (Paid)

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)—a nonprofit, nonpartisan science and tech policy think tank—seeks a full-time communications intern for Spring 2022, starting in February. The intern will assist with a range of activities related to the organization and promotion of ITIF and its policy research.

Due to uncertainties about the ongoing coronavirus threat, applicants must have their own computer, a broadband Internet connection, and a safe and appropriate place to telework.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Research and track news coverage of ITIF and relevant policy issues to inform daily communications activities.
  • Build media contact lists and support other contact management activities.
  • Draft content for ITIF’s website.
  • Assist in managing digital media accounts, including drafting posts for the ITIF Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts.
  • Track performance metrics and assist in organizing a variety of communications processes.
  • Support event planning and execution.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in communications, public relations, technology, and/or public policy.
  • Exceptional writing and communications skills.
  • Ability to work in a detail-oriented, organized, and thoughtful manner.
  • A creative, innovative, and proactive thinker.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Prior experience with database management software and PR software (i.e., Vocus, Cision)

Application process:

To apply for this position, please submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter (1 page max; please note preferred start and end dates for internship);
  • Resume (1 page max); and

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. (Last updated November 15, 2021.)


Journalism Intern, Innovation Policy News (Paid)

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)—a nonprofit, nonpartisan science and tech policy think tank—seeks an aspiring journalist with excellent writing skills, a nose for news, and strong attention to detail for an internship in winter-spring 2022, starting in January. This position will produce two to four stories per week for publication in Innovation Policy News, a digital news project covering legislation, regulation, and administrative actions affecting scientific and technological innovation in the U.S. and global economies.

The ideal candidates will have a keen interest in economic and technology policy issues and be familiar with U.S. legislative and regulatory processes. The internship offers an opportunity to develop reporting skills and build a portfolio of published clips while writing for a nonprofit news start-up in its early stages of growth.

Preference will be given to candidates currently enrolled in an academic program directly relating to the position (e.g., Communications or Journalism majors), especially those with at least 2 years of academic experience. Previous journalism internships and/or experience writing for student newspapers is a plus.

The internship will be part-time—15-20 hours per week—with flexibility to accommodate students’ class schedules. ITIF is based in Washington, D.C., and the internship will focus primarily on developments in Congress and federal agencies, however interns may work remotely from anywhere.

To apply for this internship, please submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter stating your specific interest and qualifications for the position (one page max). Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered.
  • Resume (one page max).
  • Three short writing samples (ideally news clips or blog posts, but academic papers or other nonfiction works are also acceptable).

Applications will be considered until the position(s) are filled.