The Center for Election Innovation & Research (CEIR) is a nonpartisan non-profit with a proven track record of working with election officials from around the country and from both sides of the aisle. Our mission is to restore trust in the American election system and promote election procedures that encourage participation and ensure election integrity and security.

Open Positions

Research Intern (Summer 2024)

Washington, DC

CEIR is seeking at least two qualified Research Interns to join our team for 8 to 10 weeks during the summer of 2024.

The Research Interns will work under the supervision of the Research Manager and in collaboration with other members of the Research Team to support CEIR’s research initiatives. These initiatives include matters pertaining to voter registration, voter access, election integrity and security, and election administration policy. The Research Interns will support CEIR’s mission by assisting with policy research and/or data analysis related to our initiatives and contributing to reports and other written materials for CEIR’s diverse audience of election officials, policymakers, the media, and other key stakeholders. The Research Interns will also be involved in the Research Team’s efforts to plan projects for the remainder of 2024 and beyond.

Research Interns typically follow either a policy track or a data track, though they may be asked to assist with efforts in the other track depending on workload and interest.


  • Develop understanding of issues relevant to CEIR’s mission, including policies affecting election administration and voter access
  • Assist with drafting external products, such as blog posts or issue briefs
  • Monitor trends, research, and publications in the election space to inform CEIR’s research portfolio
  • Track news stories, state and federal legislation, and other relevant developments in the 2024 election cycle
  • Contribute to a team culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning, quality, collaboration, positivity, and transparency
  • Maintain effective communication with team members and participate in regular team meetings

Policy track

  • Assist with and conduct research into public policy issues related to CEIR’s research initiatives
  • Translate research into internal documents, such as policy memos or plain language bill summaries

Data track

  • Assist with data collection and management
  • Analyze data using statistical software and produce data visualizations
  • Develop presentations or briefs to communicate results to members of the research team


CEIR reviews applications for internships based on the student’s interest in our mission to support elections that voters should—and do—trust and the student’s desire to improve their policy research and/or data analysis skills. Commitment to learning and a desire to contribute to the team is more important than skills or experience. We encourage all interested students to apply.

  • Strong academic record
  • Familiarity with topics of election administration, election security, voting access, voter registration, or related topics
  • Experience in public policy research and/or data analysis, which may include experience in a classroom, research lab, internship, or other relevant setting
    • Policy track: Interest in public policy research, including familiarity with data findings and synthesizing relevant research from media, academic, and government publications (Experience analyzing provisions in state and federal legislation a plus)
    • Policy track: Interest in working with legal research tools (e.g., LexisNexis, Westlaw) and data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau, R, Python)
    • Data track: Interest in data analysis and quantitative research methods, including data collection, manipulation, and management (Experience with advanced statistical analysis is a plus)
    • Data track: Interest in working with statistical and data management tools (e.g., R, Stata, SPSS, Python, SQL) and data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau, R, Python)
  • Ability to work objectively and in a nonpartisan manner with respect to CEIR’s research
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, with an emphasis on detail and accuracy
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort working in a hybrid or remote environment
  • Commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion both in your work and in the workplace
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • A passion for getting nerdy about the details of election policy


Interns who are not receiving funding from another source such as a school stipend or fellowship will be compensated at a rate of $20.15 per hour. If you are receiving funding from another source and believe it may not be enough to cover your expenses during the internship, please contact us at and we can discuss potential options.

Interns are expected to work full time (40 hours per week) for 8 to 10 weeks unless prior arrangements are made.

The CEIR office is a hybrid work environment based in Washington, DC. Interns will be expected to work with the Research Manager in the DC office at least once per week. Note: fully remote internships will be considered on a case by case basis.


Please do not include your name on any of your submitted materials. The application form will ask for your name and contact information in a separate field.

Click the “Apply Now” button below, enter your information, and submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV (please include any relevant research projects or experiences)
  2. Brief cover letter OR statement of your interest in the position, including whether you’re interested in the policy track or data track (no more than 500 words)
  3. Submit the following as “Other Documents” on the application form (Word doc or PDF format)
    • Work sample (no more than five pages and 2,000 words) – this should be something that makes you proud, shows what you can do, and is relevant to the track to which you’re applying!

Applications are due by 9:00 pm EST on Friday, March 15.

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Not finding what you’re looking for? As a growing nonprofit, we’re always on the lookout for talented, driven individuals who are interested in joining the team. If you’d like to work with us as we seek to improve elections, let us know!

Email us at to tell us how you can help the CEIR Team.

The Center for Election Innovation & Research is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. CEIR will strive to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-202-780-1600.