Monday, April 21, 2014

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) Internship

About NBR
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution that conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. Drawing upon an extensive network of the world’s leading specialists and leveraging the latest technology, NBR bridges the academic, business, and policy arenas. To learn more about NBR, please visit www.nbr.org. 

India Intellectual Property Rights Internship
Washington, D.C.

Are you interested in international affairs and Asian studies? Would you like to be involved in programs that foster collaborative solutions to common challenges—trade, investment, and economic engagement—that face the United States and Asia? If so, apply for NBR’s India IPR Internship! The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking one paid, full-time (~40 hours/week) intern for a 9-12 month term to join the Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) group. The intern will focus primarily on an India-focused intellectual property project. This internship is mentored by TEEA project managers.
Project Description
The India Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) project seeks to assess the state of intellectual property protections in India within the context of the broader U.S.-India relationship, and then to develop recommendations for policy makers in both countries that might enhance IP protections in India.  The India IPR project is a follow-on to the widely-acclaimed Report of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (IP Commission) which launched its Report in May 2013.
Key responsibilities include:
  • Working closely with the TEEA team and principal investigator on all aspects of the India IPR project, including: conducting background research as necessary, preparing materials for study team members, supporting the research of external scholars and specialists, and contributing to final report drafting.
  • Providing administrative, logistical, and outreach support for the India IPR project, including: preparing workshop materials, maintaining registration lists, assisting with travel and event logistics, and supporting program research needs. Core Program activities include small group briefing sessions, roundtables, and several large public launch events.
  • Supporting TEEA on other initiative-related activities, roundtables, logistics, and outreach, particularly on trade and economic engagement.
Detailed responsibilities include
  • Project Assistance: Drafting, reviewing, fact-checking, proof-reading, and formatting documents related to TEEA programs, including but not limited to briefing materials, agendas, website content, key thematic issues, and related publications and/or other materials as appropriate
  • Event Planning: Providing administrative support to conferences, workshops, presentations, and briefings (drafting agendas and invitations; assisting with travel, accommodation, and venue arrangements; note-taking, etc.)
  • Research Support: Providing substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars, including gathering articles on current events and background on key individuals, attending and summarizing local events on trade and energy, conducting an interview with an expert in the TEEA field
  • Publications Support: Reviewing, fact-checking, proof-reading, and formatting publications; assisting with publications distribution (including mailings), etc.
  • Database Administration: Maintaining and updating project databases; data entry and research for institutional and project databases
  • Phone Support: Answering incoming calls to the organization
  • Participating in and supporting other NBR activities as needed
Qualifications
  • Upperclassman BA student, current MA student, or recent graduate preferred, working towards or holding a relevant degree
  • Interns must have substantive expertise on specific countries and issues (substantive knowledge and/or language skills) and must be able to understand each project’s scope/relevance in order to work effectively with scholars and other stakeholders
  • The intern should be a motivated self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team; pay acute attention to detail; be organized; work well under pressure; and have excellent written, oral, and research skills
Application Process
To apply, submit the following to NBR:
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and availability
  • Resume
  • Application form available on our website at  http://www.nbr.org/Downloads/pdfs/NBR/application.pdf
  • Brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
  • Contact information of three references, including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, and email address
Please send applications by email to: Ms. Amanda Keverkamp, Office Manager, email: employment@nbr.org, phone (206) 632-7370.  

Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The College Board: Policy Research Analyst

Working with the Executive Director of Policy Research and College Board staff, the Policy Research Analyst synthesizes existing scientific literature, designs rigorous methods for evaluating programs and policies, conducts statistical and econometric analyses, drafts papers and reports, and presents findings to internal and external policy and professional audiences. These tasks are carried out both independently and in collaboration with senior staff, other College Board research scientists, and external researchers.
 
The Policy Research group’s efforts focus on three broad areas of research: college preparation and access; college affordability and financial aid; and college admissions and completion. Working with policymakers and the education community, the successful candidate will work with this team to make critical connections between policy and real-world practice to improve college outcomes for all students. Through a strong program of research, scholarship, and balanced policy analysis, Policy Research will develop innovative approaches and solutions to the most pressing challenges facing education today.

 
An important dimension of the work of the Policy Research Analyst will be to maintain up-to-date knowledge about the state-of-the-art in education science across a broad range of policy-relevant disciplines and research knowledge bases. The successful candidate will be expected to evaluate the quality of external research, adjudicate potentially contradictory findings, and assist the Executive Director and senior leadership with ensuring that written material and public statements by the College Board are scientifically accurate and are based on the best research available—internal or external.

 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES
• Develop and contribute to the Research department’s education policy research agenda.
• Maintain a body of research to support and further the Policy Research group’s focus on three broad areas of education policy research: college preparation and access; college affordability and financial aid; and college admissions and completion.
• Design and conduct rigorous education policy research using large-scale datasets.
• Collaborate with College Board staff and external agencies on the creation of new datasets for rigorous econometric analyses.
• Collaborate on research projects with external researchers and consultants.
• Provide support to Executive Director of Policy Research and College Board staff through advanced knowledge of the education policy literature and technical analyses of a wide variety of large-scale datasets.
• Candidates will have a Master’s degree in social science, education or a related field, or a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with three or more years of relevant research experience.
• All candidates must be familiar with experimental and quasi-experimental research studies and able to rapidly and accurately analyze large datasets using advanced statistical methods and appropriate statistical software.
• Demonstrated proficiency in statistical software such as Stata, SAS, and/or SPSS and experience working with large-scale datasets is required.
• Familiarity and experience working with at least some existing sources of external education data (e.g. NCES, state or postsecondary unit record systems, National Student Clearinghouse). Experience undertaking policy-relevant research and a deep understanding of education policy issues and the research literature are highly desirable.
• Strong interest in working in a collaborative environment that emphasizes quality, rigor, and critical thinking
• Capability to translate research results into practical application
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively is essential
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills, listening and information processing and synthesizing skills
• Strong analytic and quantitative skills
• Experience with large-scale datasets
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Ability to travel 5% of time

 
BENEFITS

We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement and ongoing professional development and training.

APPLY

If you are interested in joining the College Board in this position and you meet our qualifications, we encourage you to apply by visiting our Careers page at www.collegeboard.org/careers. Please search for the job title and submit your resume with a brief, introductory cover letter.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CBO Positions

The Congressional Budget Office has posted several new economist and analyst positions to the CBO website. We seek individuals with PhDs in economics or similar or Master's degrees with related experience for these openings. Specialty areas include labor economics, microsimulation, revenue estimation and tax policy, macroeconomics. We anticipate posting a new health economics position as well. We encourage you to inform student and alum of these openings.

People interested can view each announcement, register to receive job alerts, and apply online at www.cbo.gov/careers. Questions can be directed to me at careers@cbo.gov. Thank you for disseminating this information.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

IAD Research Assistant Positions

The Research Department RES) of the Inter-American Development Bank seeks applications from recent university graduates for its highly selective Research Fellowship Program at IDB headquarters in Washington, D.C.

RAs work side by side with RES economists on their research, providing valuable support while gaining incomparable experience. Individuals chosen for the program should be well qualified to perform a wide range of research activities for RES staff, including preparing papers, reports, and presentations, compiling and using databases, and performing econometric and statistical analyses.

RAs at RES typically have prospects of engaging in doctoral-level studies. In the recent past, former RAs have continued their studies in the economics departments of top universities including, but not limited to, MIT, the University of Chicago, UC-Berkeley, the University of Michigan, Brown University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Maryland, UCLA, Penn State University, Boston University, and Duke University.

Those interested in the Research Fellowship Program should apply by March 31, 2014. Candidates must be available to start work between June 1, 2014 and September 1, 2014. A complete job description and detailed application procedures are available here.



Qualifications:

Education:
Undergraduate degree in economics. Master’s degree in economics, public policy, or related field preferred

Experience:
Experience in applied research at a recognized university or research center. Strong background in econometrics, mathematics, and statistics. Experience with econometric packages such as Stata, MATLAB, or R advanced programming level, including setting up and maintaining Web pages, preferred. Demonstrated experience in at least one of the following areas: microeconomic, macroeconomic, political economy, and environmental and energy economics

Languages:
Fluency required in at least two of the Bank’s official languages: English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese

Apply online.

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

New Entry Level Positions at the GAO

The General Accounting Office will be announcing several new entry level jobs openning in the beginning of March, including positions in  (1) the Professional Development Program  (rotating among teams), (2) the Health Care team, (3) the Financial Management and Assurance team, and (4) the Information Technology team. Check out USAJobs or GAO.gov for current job vacancies.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Internship Opportunity

The European Parliament Liaison Office (EPLO) is pleased to announce the launch of its next round of internships designed for US graduate students and which will take place from mid-April until mid-July 2014 in its Washington D.C. Office  with a possible extension in Brussels and Strasbourg. We are also pleased to inform you that a monthly allowance (€1212) will be granted to the selected candidates.

Please note that the deadline of application is February 6th. Two letters of recommendation directly sent by a faculty member are also required.

In our view, this program provides an opportunity to develop EPLO's cooperation with your department. I am at your disposal to discuss our future collaboration at your convenience. I am also available to meet with you if you deem it useful.

Career Night

Network and receive career-related tips and advice from AU alumni who have launched diverse careers after graduating with economics degrees. Panelists include: Blake Marsh, Federal Reserve Board; Allison Young, Bates White Economic Consulting; David Krisch, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Jennifer Agopsowicz, Altria; and Zarek Brot-Goldberg, PhD candidate at UC-Berkeley and consulting economist at Microsoft Research.

Register at WWW.AMERICAN.EDU/CAREERCENTER.

When: Monday, February 24 from 6:30 to 8
Where: Batelle Tompkins Atrium