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Summer 2014 International Program Intern

Job Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research is currently looking for a full-time International Program Intern for Summer 2014 (June 1st-August 31st). 

Responsibilities include assisting staff with research on upcoming papers and opinion pieces; organizing events with Latin American delegations, CEPR staff, and visiting academics; assisting in tracking and logging press mentions; as well as working on outreach to press, advocacy organizations, and Congress.

The responsibilities vary based on their interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will be able to attend relevant events around Washington, DC.

Qualifications: We are looking for applicants with a general understanding of economics, international relations, and democracy issues, and an interest in economic justice. Previous research, data and/or outreach experience is extremely helpful; interns with strong economics or foreign policy experience (including Master’s degrees) will have the opportunity to engage in serious research, and those with strong organizing or outreach experience will have event management opportunities. The intern will need to be fluent in Spanish, including the ability to perform accurate written translations; able to work in a fast-paced environment with limited management; and be a self-starter and independent learner. Should have excellent writing and communications skills.

Stipend: $1,588.41 per month, plus up to $250 for health insurance reimbursement per month.

Closing Date of Position: Open until position is filled.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and a brief (2 page) answer to the question “How can the US improve its foreign policy toward Latin America?” via email to internationalintern[at]cepr.net No calls or faxes please.


Research Assistant (Domestic Program)

Job Description:  The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has an opening for a full-time Research Assistant, starting in July 2014. The primary job responsibility is working with large individual-level data sets and related statistical programming. Other responsibilities include collecting and analyzing data from print and electronic sources, preparation of charts, tables, literature reviews, and summaries of background material for broader research projects. The position involves maintaining and updating CEPR's collection of large microdata sets (including the CPS, ACS, PUMS, and others), which are stored and processed on a small network of computers using the GNU/Linux operating system. Research assistants are also typically responsible for helping in the design and execution of research projects, including the description of data sources, data sets, and research results, and preparation of accurate and organized drafts of technical reports. The focus of the work is labor-market issues, including domestic social policy.

Qualifications:  Successful candidates will possess a bachelors or masters degree in economics, statistics, or related field. Experience writing programs in statistical software such as Stata, SAS or R is essential; experience with GNU/Linux is a plus. Candidates should have strong knowledge of statistics and basic econometric techniques; experience as a research assistant or performing similar work; knowledge of standard word processing, spreadsheets, and graphics software; and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Salary & Benefits:  CEPR offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.  This position will be represented by the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local #70, AFL-CIO.

Closing Date of Position:  May 16, 2014.

To Apply:  Send resume, cover letter, sample of past programming (Stata preferred), writing sample on relevant policy topic of no more than 500 words, and salary requirement via e-mail to Research Assistant Search Committee at jobscepr2014@cepr.net.  No telephone calls or faxes please.


Organization Description:  CEPR was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. In order for citizens to effectively exercise their voices in a democracy, it is necessary that they be informed about the problems and choices that they face. An informed public should then be able to choose policies that lead to an improving quality of life, both for people within the United States, and around the world.

Toward this end, CEPR conducts both professional research and public education so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options. The professional research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies, both domestically and globally. The public education portion of CEPR's mission is to present the findings of professional research, both by CEPR and others, in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates. As part of its public education initiative, CEPR utilizes research findings and analysis to challenge the myths, assumptions, policies and institutions that perpetuate economic and social inequality. CEPR's founding scholars include Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot, co-directors of CEPR, and Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts.


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