Research Assistant, Broadband Policy

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington, DC-based think tank, is seeking a research assistant for broadband policy issues. The ideal applicant should have a demonstrated interest in broadband policy, as well as exceptional writing and research abilities. Individuals with a strong interest in Internet policy debates, including net neutrality, broadband competition, infrastructure regulation, and comparison of international broadband policy regimes are especially encouraged to apply. This position will report to the Director of Broadband and Spectrum Policy 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, law, 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 [email protected] with “Research Assistant, Broadband 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 broadband policy (2-5 pages max).

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Event Producer

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the world’s leading think tank for science and technology policy, seeks a highly motivated, highly organized professional who is both logistically minded and technically savvy to plan and execute its regular program of events and meetings, which are critical to the organization’s mission as a thought leader on technology and innovation issues.

In normal times, ITIF’s events include in-person panel discussions, roundtables, and conferences, both on-site in our Washington, DC, offices and off-site at locations such as Capitol Hill and other capital cities around the world (requiring remote logistical support, not foreign travel). During the COVID-19 pandemic, these events have moved online, both as publicly streamed video webinars and as private roundtable-style meetings on video conferencing platforms.

The event producer helps plan and leads the marketing and technical production of all of these events from beginning to end. This requires efficient mastery of administrative logistics including scheduling, marketing (through email lists, social media, word of mouth, and other means), A/V operation, room staging, and contact database management. In addition to producing an average of six public and private events a month (more in peak periods), this position also will collaborate with ITIF’s operations manager to support the organization’s chief operating officer, director of development and outreach, and policy team on a range of other administrative tasks and projects, as needed.

This is an external relations function that will provide the right candidate an opportunity to work at the fast-moving intersection of technology and public policy in Washington, DC, by staging events that help influence debates on important issues of the day. The position interacts with representatives of advocacy groups, companies, academics, and offices of government officials, among others. The ideal candidate will have previous professional experience in a fast-paced professional environment, plus strong technical proficiency with A/V equipment, contact databases, and email marketing platforms. He or she will proactively manage multiple short-term and long-term deadlines simultaneously, taking ownership and responsibility for getting things done with an eye for professional quality and detail.

Essential responsibilities:
  • Schedule, plan, and coordinate the logistics for ITIF’s regular program of public and private events (online and in-person) for audiences in Washington, DC and Brussels.
  • Coordinate with ITIF analysts on event scheduling and speaker recruitment, taking ownership of deadlines and providing progress updates.
  • Liaise with speakers to provide logistical information and briefing materials.
  • Market events through email, social media, day books, and other means.
  • Grow the audience for ITIF public events by finding new places to publicize them, tracking attendance, and managing ITIF’s mailing lists.
  • Manage technical production of online webinars involving video and streaming platforms such as Zoom, YouTube, and Microsoft Teams.
  • Reserve event spaces and make all necessary arrangements for staging, room set-up, A/V, catering, and other needs.
  • Manage A/V needs before, during, and after in-person events, including: setting up and operating a video camera, microphones, and live stream; managing computer-based presentations and remote panelists; troubleshooting audiovisual equipment and computers; and producing event videos and content for the web.
  • Prepare collateral materials such as agendas, handouts, and signage.
  • Organize private breakfasts, happy hours, and other meetings.
  • Continuously evaluate and improve the quality of ITIF events.
  • Previous professional experience working in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Previous experience with event coordination, marketing, and production.
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail with an ability to meet and anticipate deadlines, use time effectively, and thrive in periods of intense activity.
  • Proficiency with video conferencing, audiovisual technology, and basic video editing.
  • Proficiency with office software such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Clear and concise communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Mature, professional demeanor with ability to proactively “manage up.”
  • Willingness to work irregular hours, on occasion, such as early mornings and weekends.
  • Photography skills are a plus.
  • Keen interest in public policy is preferred, particularly technology issues.
To apply:

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

  • Cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, relevant past experiences, and mid- to long-term professional goals.
  • Resume.

Applications without these materials will not be considered.

Fall 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 fall 2020, starting in August. 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 event summaries and other content for ITIF’s website.
  • Assist in managing digital media accounts, including drafting posts for the ITIF Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts.
  • Support event planning and execution.
  • 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 and proactive thinker.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Prior experience with database management software, PR software (i.e., Vocus, Cision), and/or basic A/V equipment (i.e., cameras, microphones) preferred.
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
  • Writing sample (2-3 pages max).

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. (Last updated July 1, 2020.)