Research Assistant, Vocation, Career, and Work

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Job ID
# of Openings
Domestic Policy


The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks a full-time, in-person research assistant to work with Senior Fellow Brent Orrell. The research assistant will study a wide variety of issues related to workforce development policy, including the skills needed for success in the modern workforce, worker attitudes and workplace culture, AI and the future of work, work as a pathway to economic mobility, and more. This employee in this position will also support Senior Fellow Sally Satel. The anticipated start date for this position is Summer 2024.


  • Edit and contribute to reports, op-eds, articles for a general audience, and books on various topics related to vocation, career, and work.
  • Support research by retrieving and analyzing data and conducting literature reviews.
  • Assist Mr. Orrell in planning and executing private gatherings, public events, and conferences.
  • Work internally with AEI teams on outreach for Mr. Orrell’s work.
  • Provide administrative support as needed.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

  • The employee is regularly expected to stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer, telephone, and keyboard. This job requires close-up vision for computer work.
  • The employee must be able to lift up to 30 pounds.
  • The employee must be able to work in a confined area.
  • Moderate noise (e.g., from computers, phones, printers, and light traffic) is expected.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential responsibilities associated with this position.


  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • 0–2 years of previous applicable full-time work experience is required; previous internship experience is strongly preferred.
  • A demonstrated interest in social policy, demographic trends, American governmental institutions, and social mobility is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent organizational and writing skills are strongly preferred.


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