Research Assistant

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century. CRS is well-known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has 24/7 access to the nation’s best thinking.

Position Description The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division (FDT) seeks a Research Assistant to support a broad range of research duties as assigned.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Research
  • Writing
  • Data analysis 
  • Other duties in support of research analysts and managersacross the division developing CRS products and otherwise addressing congressional requests for information and analysis

​Eligibility and Requirements

  • Experience conducting research on international security and defense resources issues
  • Some knowledge of the legal and policy contexts, institutional dimensions, and policy tools related to international security issues
  • Be able to work as part of a collaborative team
  • Exhibit the intellectual flexibility and broad research skill set that facilitate effective work across a wide issue spectrum beyond the applicant’s research focus or concentration.
  • Strong research, writing, and presentation skills are essential.

Application Instructions 

An online application must be received by Friday, April 25, 2014. For more information about the position and how to apply, please go to