Careers

Internships

Throughout the program, interns will grow in their professional development and gain insight into policy research on intersectional issues that impact women’s economic justice. IWPR interns work closely with staff and assist in a number of activities—including providing research, outreach, and administrative support.

Careers

Federal Work Study

Throughout Federal Work Study (FWS), students learn about the fundamentals of the non-profit sector and gain insight into policy research on various intersectional issues that impact women’s economic justice. IWPR work study students work closely with staff and assist in a number of activities—including providing research, outreach, and administrative support.

Careers

Fellowships

IWPR offers a variety of roles for economists at different levels of education and experience, including post-baccalaureate, doctoral, and post-doctoral fellowships.

Careers

Staff

Our committed, passionate staff bring far-reaching, interdisciplinary expertise to a broad range of policy issues all with one common goal: to inform policy, inspire change, and improve the lives of women, families, and communities. IWPR’s staff members have training in economics, sociology, psychology, international development, theology, public policy, and women’s studies, enabling us to utilize multi-disciplinary approaches to research.

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IWPR is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard for race, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. IWPR’s work is supported by foundation grants, government grants and contracts, donations from individuals, and contributions from organizations. IWPR is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

IWPR seeks to observe the following operating principles:

  • As an institution IWPR strives to work toward organizational sustainability to ensure maximum benefit for women and families over the long term
  • As a partner, IWPR strives for respectful collaboration, open communication, and on-time delivery of its promised contributions and focuses on forging common purpose on behalf of all women while acknowledging differences among them
  • As a place to work, IWPR strives to build an atmosphere in which staff take pleasure in doing their work, share in the joy of discovery and policy impact, and are valued fairly for their contributions; where initiative, innovation, and risk-taking are encouraged; and where staff members enjoy equal opportunity and are enabled to discuss freely their concerns about their working environment

IWPR Internship Program

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), located in Washington, D.C., conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. Throughout the internship program, our interns will learn about the fundamentals of the non-profit sector, grow in their professional development, and gain insight into policy research on intersectional issues that impact women’s economic justice. IWPR interns work closely with staff and assist in a number of activities—including providing research, outreach, and administrative support—to help further IWPR’s mission and goals.

IWPR offers internships in three areas: Research, Communications, and Accounting & Operations. Internships are paid and the time commitment is flexible. Start and end dates for the semester program are relatively flexible and typically run through the standard spring and fall university semesters. IWPR also offers full-time internships over the summer that typically last for a period of 10 weeks.

We welcome all interested applicants, including international students and college students of all levels and majors, to apply. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

While the internship will be an opportunity for professional development, applicants should consider the following general requirements:

  • A passion for women’s issues and economic justice
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Prior office experience is desirable, as interns are responsible for a minimal amount of general office work (e.g. answering phones, photocopying, filing, and maintaining the library)

How to Apply

To apply to for a Research & Administrative or Communications internship, applicants must submit all application materials in a single PDF file that includes:

  • a cover letter,
  • a resume, and
  • a writing sample (3-5 pages).

Those applying to the Accounting & Operations internship need only submit a cover letter and resume, also in a single PDF file.

Please specify the internship for which you are applying in the e-mail subject line and send to Cynthia Hess, Chief Operating Officer, at internships@iwpr.org.

While IWPR accepts applications on a rolling basis, it recruits and fills positions when available. Check this page for postings to see when IWPR is recruiting.

There are no available internship positions at the time.

Please direct any questions to Cynthia Hess, Chief Operating Officer, at internships@iwpr.org. Applicants will be notified directly if they are selected for an interview.

Federal Work Study Positions

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), located in Washington, D.C., conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. Throughout the Federal Work Study (FWS) program, our work study students will learn about the fundamentals of the non-profit sector, grow in their professional development, and gain insight into policy research on various intersectional issues that impact women’s economic justice. IWPR work study students work closely with staff and assist in a number of activities—including providing research, outreach, and administrative support—to help further IWPR’s mission and goals.

For the Federal Work Study program, IWPR will offer assistantships in multiple areas*: Research & Administration, and Accounting & Operations. FWS assistants are paid on an hourly basis through their school’s student employment offices, and hours are flexible. Schedules and hours are based on each student’s award and availability.

We welcome all interested applicants, including international students and college students of all levels and majors, to apply. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer, and we consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

While the assistantship will be an opportunity for professional development, applicants should consider the following general requirements:

  • A passion for women’s issues and economic justice
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Prior office experience is desirable, as interns are responsible for a minimal amount of general office work (e.g. answering phones, photocopying, filing, and maintaining the library)


Research & Administrative Assistant: 

Assistants will provide administrative and research support to senior level researchers on ongoing research projects. Duties include: assisting with literature reviews; desk research; data collection; fact checking; designing charts, graphs and tables; and answering phones.

Research areas may include:

  • The quality of women’s jobs, including wages, paid sick leave, and paid family and medical leave – topics could include low-wage work, sex segregation in the labor market
  • Increasing access to higher education and nontraditional jobs for low-income women
  • The impact of technological changes in the nature of work on women’s employment and earnings
  • The economic status of women and girls, women of color, and immigrant women across the United States
  • The economic benefits of reproductive rights
  • Entrepreneurship
  • The impact of work requirements on women’s ability to receive and use public benefits

Qualifications: Strong organizational skills; good interpersonal skills; interest in policy research and women’s issues; experience with statistics, economics, or social sciences through coursework; basic knowledge of data sets; ability to read and understand labor market/household income data; ability to understand/read articles with statistical analysis; experience performing administrative/office tasks; close attention to detail; familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel STATA, SPSS, or SAS is a plus.

How to Apply:

Individuals interested in applying to the Research & Administrative or Communications & Outreach, and Development FWS positions should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (3-5 pages), in a single PDF file. Those applying to the Accounting & Operations FWS position need only submit a cover letter and resume, also in a single PDF file.

Please specify the position for which you are applying in the e-mail subject line, to Cynthia Hess, Chief Operating Officer, at internships@iwpr.org.

There are no available Federal Work Study positions at the time.

Please direct any questions to Cynthia Hess, Chief Operating Officer, at internships@iwpr.org. Applicants will be notified directly if they are selected for an interview. We ask that applicants kindly refrain from calling by phone with questions about the internship program.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. We are the leading think tank in the United States applying quantitative and qualitative analysis of public policy through a gendered lens.

IWPR advances women’s status through social science research, policy analysis, and public education. We develop new policy ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development. Our work also helps to change minds and improve the practices of institutions. IWPR operates on the principle that knowledge is power and that social science evidence based on strong data and analysis, compellingly presented and systematically disseminated, makes a difference in moving public policy.

IWPR offers a variety of roles for economists at different levels of education and experience.

Post-Baccalaureate

Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship 

In honor of pioneering feminist economist Mariam K. Chamberlain (MKC), IWPR offers an MKC Fellowship in public policy to a promising scholar each year. The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow contributes to a variety of research projects to inform policies affecting women. This is a full-time position for one academic year, and may transition to a permanent role at IWPR at the end of the year pending adequate funding and satisfactory performance.

Doctorate

Doctoral Fellows are students currently pursuing a PhD in Economics. This position is part-time during the academic year, and potentially full-time during the summer. Fellows have typically completed their Ph.D. coursework and are currently working on their dissertations. Candidates are selected based on common research interests with senior researchers at IWPR and potential to contribute to existing or upcoming funded projects. Several of these fellowships are earmarked for Ph.D. students from the Department of Economics in the in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University. This program is facilitated by IWPR’s partnership with the Economics Department’s Program on Gender Analysis in Economics.

Doctoral Fellowship in Gender Policy Analysis in Economics  |

Meet our current doctoral fellows.

Heidi Hartmann Post-Doctoral

Heidi Hartmann Post-doctoral Fellowship

IWPR offers a full-time, two-year Post-doctoral Fellowship for those who have recently completed their Ph.D. in economics. Fellow are expected to spend 50% of their time at IWPR working on funded projects that align with their own research interests; the remaining 50% time is reserved for publishing dissertation articles and advancing an independent research agenda. Fellows have the opportunity to collaborate with and develop a mentoring relationship with senior researchers.