About the job
Organization Overview

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research in the areas of race and ethnicity; U.S. politics and policy views; media and journalism; internet and technology; science and society; religion and public life; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Center’s work is carried out by a staff of about 170.

Position Overview

Pew Research Center has an immediate need for a Research Assistant to support its expanding global research agenda. The Research Assistant will be part of the Global Attitudes research team, which conducts worldwide public opinion surveys on major international issues such as attitudes toward the U.S. and American foreign policy, views of China, global economic attitudes, multilateralism and democracy, as well as how people view conditions in their countries and their own lives. Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in political science, economics or a similar field of social science. This position will report to the Associate Director of Global Attitudes research.

Primary Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities for the Research Assistant will be fact-checking and proof-reading, organizing relevant polling data, and performing research and analysis as required.

  • Number checking/fact-checking/proofing
  • Assisting in the creation of spreadsheets for analysis and tables and charts for reports
  • Assisting in the creation of PowerPoint presentations
  • Assisting in topline production and simple crosstabs
  • Assisting in locating and organizing other relevant international polling for questionnaire development, reports, and commentaries
  • Performing background research on issues and countries
  • Creating and maintaining a timeline/calendar of major international events
  • Assisting with basic statistical analyses and research
  • Reviewing and evaluating datasets
  • Quality control of survey scripts and design
  • Knowledge and Skill Requirements
  • Proven facility with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of SPSS, R or Stata
  • Knowledge of how to display data in easy-to-understand ways in tables and charts in both Excel and Word
  • Ability to synthesize materials for senior staff
  • Attention to detail, including exacting standards to maintain accuracy in all work products
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and meet tight deadlines
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Knowledge of and interest in international affairs

  • B.A. degree is required with a concentration in the social sciences, such as political science, economics or similar field


  • This position will, temporarily, be fully remote and will require a functioning Internet connection. Equipment to complete the work will be mailed to candidates and will need to be returned at the end of the position. At a later date, TBD, this position will be required to return/relocate to our office in Washington, D.C.
  • Although this position will work remotely, Pew Research Center can only employ candidates in the following states- California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin.
  • FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Application Procedure: Applicants should use the link above to apply online. Please include a resume and cover letter indicating where you learned of the opening.

Pew Research Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.