Research Assistant, National Security and International Policy

  • Reports to: Senior Fellow, National Security and International Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: National Security and International Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an opening in July for a Research Assistant for National Security and International Policy (NSIP). The Research Assistant will assist the Asia team in the NSIP department by working on a wide range of Asia policy issues in countries including North Korea, South Korea, and Japan. In addition, the Research Assistant will conduct research and related tasks on a variety of broader national security issues and support the general work of the NSIP team. The Research Assistant will also carry out administrative tasks and other duties as directed.

This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom NSIP staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support, including quantitative analysis. Successful research assistants demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communications on behalf of the NSIP team. The ideal candidate will have excellent research and organizational skills and pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals, both internally and externally, are important.


  • Provide research support on key policy areas, including analyzing data sets, reading and summarizing existing research, reviewing federal legislation, and more.
  • Draft policy memos, talking points, charts, issue briefs, reports, op-eds, blog posts, and other briefing materials.
  • Prepare outlines and/or first drafts of columns, policy briefs, and reports.
  • Coordinate projects, scheduling, and administrative, research, and writing support as needed.
  • Provide operational support to the team, including by assisting in the coordination and planning of public and private meetings, events, and travel; processing and filing forms; and providing other administrative support to assist with the management of the team, including drafting and tracking grant reports.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • One to two years of experience.
  • General knowledge of Asian political, security, and economic issues, with a demonstrated interest in U.S. foreign policy toward Asia.
  • Comfortable traveling internationally and supporting international delegations and senior leadership from American Progress and partner organizations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, as well as strong critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70.

To Apply

Please follow the link below to the online application. When completing the application, be sure to combine your cover letter and resume/CV into one Word or PDF file and upload this combined document. The system does not allow for multiple files.

This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.
Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.
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Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

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