Research Assistant | Immigration and Immigrant Families


The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) seeks a research assistant to work on immigration and immigrant families policy.

Founded 50 years ago in Washington, D.C., CLASP is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, anti-poverty organization advancing federal, state, and local policy solutions for people with low incomes. We view all our work through a racial equity lens, addressing the barriers people face because of race, ethnicity, and immigration status.

The immigration and immigrant families team is one of six policy centers at CLASP. It defends against harmful anti-immigrant policies as well as advocates for policies that promote the health and wellbeing of immigrant children, youth, and families. Our advocacy centers on immigration policies that keep families together, promote healthy child development, and strengthen economic security and educational opportunity. CLASP also co-chairs the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign, which protects immigrants’ and their families’ access to health, nutrition, and income supports.

The research assistant is crucial to this agenda. He/she will support the director of immigration and immigrant families policy, provide policy analysis and research, undertake state and federal advocacy, and brief and convene thought leaders and decisionmakers. The research assistant will participate in coalition meetings and presentations; draft commentaries, reports, and blogs; and provide technical assistance to government officials, advocates, providers, and others.  

The successful candidate will have a passion for CLASP’s anti-poverty and racial equity agenda; strong written and oral communication skills; demonstrated capacity to balance priorities in a high-intensity, mission-driven environment; strong organizational skills; and attention to detail. Working closely with seasoned team members, the research assistant will gain experience with a credible, well-respected nonprofit. He/she will be immersed in policy advocacy—including national legislative and executive branch advocacy—research and writing, coalition activities, and work with state and local governments.

While specific activities will depend on our advocacy agenda as well as the team’s needs at a given time, examples of likely activities include the following:


  • Gathering and analyzing academic research, federal and state policy information, and statistical data.
  • Conducting extensive web-based research.
  • Developing written and graphical presentations of research.


  • Writing short commentaries and blogs, with a focus on summarizing research and policy information so it is understandable to a broad audience;
  • Selecting and summarizing immigration news clips and partner reports.
  • Supporting (and potentially co-authoring) policy briefs or other papers, under the guidance of more senior team members.
  • Assisting in production of CLASP reports.


  • Coordinating e-blasts to stakeholders.
  • Updating the team’s webpages.
  • Organizing and acting as logistical coordinator for conference calls, team meetings, coalition meetings, and webinars.
  • Preparing for and taking notes at special events and meetings.
  • Communicating with individuals and organizations about the team’s work.
  • Assisting in developing social media content.
  • Coordinating schedules with internal and external partners for meetings and events.
  • Handling reimbursement procedures for team members as well as travel logistics for team members and meeting participants.

The research assistant will also be able to participate in cross-cutting activities among CLASP teams, including initiatives to improve how CLASP operates and supporting organization-wide priorities, such as our racial equity agenda.


  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated skills in written and oral communication, including the ability to write clearly and quickly; basic data analysis capacities; and experience synthesizing and presenting complex research information.   
  • Candidates must be able to function in a fast-paced environment, prioritize tasks effectively, and be able to work both autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to CLASP’s mission of reducing poverty and improving the lives of people with low incomes, including a commitment to equity and reducing disparities based on race and ethnicity.
  • Knowledge of public policy issues, particularly immigration policy, is a plus but not required.
  • Fluency in another language is a plus but not required.


Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including health insurance; dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; long-term care insurance; a 403(b)-retirement program; flexible spending accounts; and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE. 


The Center for Law and Social Policy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.