Research Assistant, Tech Policy

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington, DC-based think tank, is seeking a research assistant for tech policy issues. The ideal applicant should have a demonstrated interest in tech policy, as well as exceptional writing and copyediting abilities. Individuals with a strong interest in Internet policy debates, including privacy, security, and platform regulation, are especially encouraged to apply. This position will report to the vice president of ITIF.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Assist in writing and conducting research for reports, regulatory filings, and op-eds.
  • Provide research support (e.g., drafting literature reviews, collecting and analyzing data, checking sources, writing citations, preparing presentations, etc.).
  • Attend and summarize hearings and events and track legislation and regulations.


  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in public policy, economics, political science, statistics, information science, computer science, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated interest in technology and public policy.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent research, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Experience designing presentations and copyediting publications.
  • Proactive and flexible, with an ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.

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 with “Research Assistant, Tech Policy” in the email subject line:

  • 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 October 3, 2019).