The Cato Institute seeks an ambitious and resourceful candidate to provide research support to Peter Goettler, its president and CEO, and Gene Healy, its senior vice president for policy, reporting directly to both. The position offers the successful applicant the opportunity to work closely with the Cato Institute’s senior leadership and is ideal for anyone looking to begin a career in public policy.
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.
Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th-century England that presented a vision of a society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution—individual liberty, limited government, and free markets—turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.
The Cato Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- Provide research support for op-eds, blog posts, speeches, and policy papers
- Conduct literature reviews and track specific issue areas related to Cato’s “Project on Getting Government out of the Culture War” and other initiatives
- Edit, fact-check, and evaluate manuscripts
- Help identify talented scholars inside and outside the academy; liaise with external scholars and organizations
- Light administrative duties
- 2+ years of work experience in public policy or related research
- Deep understanding of and appreciation for libertarian principles and thinking strategically about how to advance them
- Demonstrated ability to write well-structured, readable prose
- Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, overseeing multiple projects
- Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences; graduate degree in social sciences preferred
The Research Assistant will work a hybrid schedule, with at least two days a week at Cato headquarters (Thursdays and Fridays).
How to Apply
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in order in one PDF document:
- A cover letter detailing:
- how your experience is relevant to the position
- your passion for Cato’s mission
- your salary requirements
- Your resume
- A writing sample related to public policy or libertarianism
- A cover letter detailing:
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There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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