You may have recently completed an MBA or PhD—or just graduated with a BA or BS in everything from applied math to economics to literature. Some come to us from established careers in the private and nonprofit sectors; for others, it’s their first “real” job. We welcome applications from working parents, those in the midst of a career transition, and individuals who may be interested in academia. Whatever your situation, you’ll enjoy the advantage of intellectually challenging work that can be balanced with other interests and responsibilities. The bottom line? There is no typical RA, because no two RA positions are identical.
“As the mother of three young children, this has been the perfect job in terms of balancing flexibility with intellectually challenging work. I liken it to being a student, because the work is very similar to taking a class. My faculty member sets the parameters, but beyond that, it’s up to me to do the research, writing, and organization, which is a lot of fun. My original intention was to use this as a way to keep my skills sharpened and stay in the game before going back to another corporate position, but now I'm thinking that something in the field of research and writing might be a better long-term fit.”
BA, Trinity College, Political Science,
MSc., Oxford University,
MBA, Columbia Business School, Finance
“I had taken some quantitative courses in college, but this job really offered the opportunity to learn to use data much more proficiently. My writing and people skills improved, too—this was not the sort of position where I sat in a back office and crunched data all the time. I met with policymakers in Washington and CEO-level executives, as well as with leaders from nonprofit organizations. Being an RA showed me where I wanted to go; it was ideal preparation for graduate school.”
BA, Politics and Public Policy, Brown University