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Since 1968, thousands of Urban Institute employees and affiliated scholars have helped frame and inform national debates ranging from health care reform to school accountability. Our independent research has influenced numerous policy decisions, including how the homeless are counted, how the government measures discrimination, and who pays at tax time. The nonpartisan research we conduct matters to people of every background. We encourage you to consider a career with us.

A few great reasons to work at the Urban Institute:

  • Intellectual excitement. The Urban Institute attracts the best and brightest from academia, government, business, and nonprofits.
  • Firsthand experience in Washington, D.C. Learn how federal agencies and Congress work, what information they need, and how to present findings.
  • Room to grow. We promote from within, reward employees who earn additional degrees while working, sponsor training, and host meetings with outside researchers and officials.

Located in downtown Washington, D.C., the Urban Institute is near public transportation, shops, restaurants, and other amenities. D.C. tied for first place in a Wall Street Journal survey of best cities for recent college grads to launch their careers.

The Urban Institute offers competitive salaries, progressive benefits, and great working conditions, including:

  • a generous retirement plan, health insurance, and annual leave
  • prepaid tuition assistance
  • flexible work hours, a casual dress code
  • commuting expense reimbursement
  • domestic partner benefits, paid leave when adopting a child

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.

The Urban Institute values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law.