USIP Research Assistants (RAs) provide support on a variety of tasks and projects. These can range from in-depth study of a particular issue or geography, support to a fellow or expert, advancing specific team goals, or broad support to an entire program. They are paid between $14.00-$14.75 per hour and work an average of 20 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours per week during summer and school breaks. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis to fill program needs. Interviews begin for RA positions one to two months before the anticipated start date.


Only full-time students from universities belonging to the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (CUWMA) can be considered for these openings. CUWMA members include: 

  • American University
  • Catholic University of America
  • Corcoran College of Art and Design
  • Gallaudet University
  • Georgetown University
  • George Mason University
  • The George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • Marymount University
  • National Defense Intelligence College
  • National Defense University
  • Southeastern University
  • Trinity University
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • University of Maryland at College Park

How to Apply

Students from a Consortium member university who wish to apply to be a research assistant at USIP should consult the list of current openings below and submit the following application materials:

  1. A cover letter stating which position is of interest to you.
  2. A copy of your resume.
  3. A brief writing sample demonstrating your research and writing ability.

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