Job Opening: Student Program Assistant

We are announcing a job opening for a Student Program Assistant at DRI.

Summary: The Development Research Institute is seeking a Student Program Assistant to support research and accompanying policy briefings on said research. Policy briefs will include reports, social media outreach and lectures.  Our ideal candidate is self-motivated and a problem solver; creative thinker with strong writing skills; flexible and comfortable with technology; and is available to work throughout the NYU 2015 fall semester. This position mixes research and creative responsibilities. 


  • Primary responsibilities will include: 
    - Develop policy briefs using reports, interactive media, social media, blog posts, and lectures to communicate research findings to academic, practitioner, and policy-focused communities. 

  • Secondary responsibilities will include: 
    -Conduct quantitative research 
    -Assemble and graph data using Excel
    -Manipulate economic data and/or create new variables using Excel
    -Conduct qualitative research 
    -Assemble information in clear, concise reports
    -Writing and updating content for website and social media and monitoring online presence

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in, knowledge of, and/or experience in development economics, studies, and/or current affairs
  • Strong writing skills are essential
  • Demonstrated capacity for blogging software, photo, video and audio editing software
  • Basic quantitative analysis 
  • Strong online research skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Excel

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an NYU graduate program
  • Preferred Education: BA in Economics; current Economics M.A. student 

Salary/Hours: Salary is $15- $20 per hour depending on skills and experience. Hours will be completed during the regular business day, in the Africa House offices (NYU campus, 14A Washington Mews). 20 hours per week, according to a regular, mutually-agreed-upon schedule. Start date is January 4, 2016 . 

To Apply: Please send a brief cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the above criteria along with your resume and short writing sample to Kellie Leeson at and Marian Tes at by December 8, 2015. The subject line of your email should read: “Last name, First name: DRI Program Assistant”.

Benefits and salary are competitive. Location is Washington Mews, on the NYU campus.

About Our Organization: The Development Research Institute (DRI) is devoted to rigorous, scholarly research on the economic development and growth of poor countries. An independent and non-partisan organization, DRI is led by NYU Professors William Easterly and Yaw Nyarko and is home to a growing team of researchers. DRI seeks to engage the academic world and the wider public about effective solutions to world poverty, expanding the number and diversity of serious commentators on the state of foreign aid and development. Our ultimate goal is to have a positive impact on the lives of the poor, who deserve the benefit of high-quality, clear-eyed, hard-headed economic research applied to the problems of world poverty. See and

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