Research Intern (Spring 2022)

Remote - Washington, DC

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) is a nonpartisan nonprofit research and advocacy organization committed to promoting access and success in higher education for all students with a focus on students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and other historically marginalized populations. Based in Washington, D.C., IHEP develops innovative, equity-centric, policy- and practice-oriented research to guide policymakers and education leaders in developing high-impact policies that will address our nation’s most pressing education challenges.


IHEP is seeking a research intern to join our team remotely for the spring semester. The research team focuses on federal, state, and institutional policies related to racial and socioeconomic equity; postsecondary data and transparency; college access, affordability, success, and value; and projects that further the practical application of promising practices that drive postsecondary attainment, particularly for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and underserved Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and students from low-income backgrounds. In this role, interns are likely to perform literature reviews, participate in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, summarize information from postsecondary-themed events, external meetings, and/or new research studies, and support the development of research and policy reports as well as advocacy materials/efforts on topics such as higher ed in prison, postsecondary data, and college completion and affordability.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support IHEP’s research team with quantitative and qualitative research and analysis of policy- and practice-relevant postsecondary education issues, including conducting literature, legislation, and policy scans, performing data analyses, and summarizing findings.
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations, memos, and other content to inform the work of the research team.
  • Support the research team in preparing responses to time-sensitive requests from media and policymakers.
  • Attend select meetings with organizational partners.
  • Collaborate with and provide assistance to other departments and staff as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: We are looking for a combination of the following skills and experience.

  • Current graduate student pursuing a master’s degree or Ph.D. in an education- or policy-related field.
  • Availability to work a minimum of 20 hours per week through the spring semester.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Some prior experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis, data collection, and higher education data sets.
  • A keen interest in public policy, postsecondary education research and advocacy, and the commitment to work in an equity-minded organization.
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a dynamic group of partners and consultants.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).


IHEP recognizes that a talented and diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce benefits individuals, partners, and IHEP as a whole. We recognize that all employees bring their own capabilities, experiences, and characteristics to their work. IHEP believes in treating all individuals with respect and dignity and strives to achieve a supportive environment in which all employees reach their maximum potential. At IHEP, diversity encompasses differences including, but not limited to, those of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, age, religion, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family responsibilities, experience, and education. The wide array of perspectives that results from such diversity promotes innovation and business success, further supporting the organization’s mission.


Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. This position is currently fully remote. Interested candidates should provide:

  1. a cover letter
  2. a resume
  3. a list of at least three references (including at least one direct supervisor)

We will review applications on a rolling basis, but have a priority deadline to apply by November 19, 2021.

Please apply through this website.

The Institute for Higher Education Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.