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 Erika Jauregui, the Internship Coordinator, at internships@iwpr.org.


Beginning December 3, 2018, applications for Spring 2019 Federal Work Study will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

Please direct any questions to Erika Jauregui, the Internship Coordinator, 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.