USIP Research Assistants (RAs) assist in 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 $15.20 - $16.00 per hour (depending on degree level) 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.

In addition to local students, USIP is flexible in hiring students who attend a college or university in a different state.

Only full-time college and university students are eligible for the program.

How to Apply

Full-time college and university students 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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