Global Peacebuilding Center Research Assistant

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent quasi-federal institution established and funded by the U.S. Congress to: prevent and resolve violent international conflict; promote post-conflict stability and development; increase peacebuilding capacity, tools, and intellectual capital.The Institute accomplishes its mission through direct engagement in peacebuilding efforts around the world, and by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources.

Position Description 

The Research Assistant will assist the Global Peacebuilding Center team with various projects. The work schedule is an average of 20 hours per week with a pay of $10-$14. 

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Responding to questions from teachers, students, and parents, by email and phone, about the National Peace Essay Contest and specific questions about this year’s topic.
  • Monitoring the NPEC database to make sure students and judges are able to log into the system.
  • Assisting with the distribution of over 1,000 essays to 100 judges in the program database. Making sure essays are systematically distributed so that judges do not review essays from their home state.
  • Assisting with round two judging process, by helping program coordinator to distribute over 200 essays to 15 judges. This will include printing out all essays and judging guidelines, and mailing to each judge; making sure that essays are evenly distributed to each judging panel.
  • Helping to facilitate the round two judging panels at USIP, in March. Making sure that each USIP facilitator has a copy of each panel of essays, and managing the score boards for the panels.
  • Assist with judging round three by printing essays for all USIP facilitators and making sure the rooms are set.
  • Assists program coordinator with Mailing certificates to all state winners, honorable mentions, and all coordinator participants.
  • Assists with the logistics of planning and management of the 3-day Awards Week.

Eligibility and Requirements 

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals of countries listed in our Foreign Hiring Policy. To view our Foreign Hiring Policy click here.
  • An Undergraduate or Masters student studying international relations, public administration, non-profit management, or business. 
  • Only full-time students from universities belonging to the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (CUWMA) can be considered for these openings.

Application Instructions  

To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

1.  Cover letter2.  Resume3.  A brief writing sample demonstrating your research and writing ability

If you are having problems submitting your online application, please email support. The application can be found at: