Position Description
Press United States Institute of Peace Press
USIP Press Research Assistant


If you have a passion for making the world a better place and want to have a front row seat to the world stage, USIP is the place for you

The United States Institute of Peace is a national, nonpartisan, independent institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. In conflict zones abroad, the Institute works with local partners to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict. To reduce future crises and the need for costly interventions, USIP works with governments and civil societies to help their countries solve their own problems peacefully. The Institute provides expertise, training, analysis, and support to those who are working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world.

About the United States Institute of Peace Press

Since its inception in 1991, the United States Institute of Peace Press has published hundreds of influential books, reports, and briefs on the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts. The Press is committed to expanding the reach of the Institute’s work by continuing to publish significant and sustainable publications for practitioners, scholars, diplomats, and students.


The Research Assistant will support USIP’s Publications team to help advance USIP Press goals.

USIP's Research Assistant program is administered through the Consortium of Universities in the Washington Metropolitan Area (CUWMA). Any full-time university student in the Washington area is eligible for these openings. More detailed information about the Research Assistant Program with the CUWMA can be found here

  • Pay: Between $14.00 - $14.75 per hour
  • Work Schedule: An average of 20 hours per week; up to 40 hours when school is not in session
  • Period of Performance: August 2019 through August 2020 with the possibility of extension


The Publications Research Assistant will work closely with the Publications team on outreach and marketing strategies to elevate the profile of USIP Press by 

  • Assisting with the promotion of books and support marketing campaigns
  • Creating reviewers’ lists and distribute review copies
  • In collaboration with colleagues, writing and editing quarterly Press newsletters
  • Planning and supporting presence of the Press at events at USIP headquarters and other local venues
  • Assisting with metadata maintenance

Performing other duties as assigned

This is an excellent opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student to gain experience in scholarly publishing, working with an experienced team of professionals dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible.  


  • Only full-time students from universities belonging to the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (CUWMA) can be considered for these openings. 
  • Excellent time management, collaborative, and organizational skills required.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills required.
  • A full-time graduate level university student pursuing a master’s degree in publishing, marketing, or another related subject is highly preferred.
  • A minimum of 1 year of related experience is preferred.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation. 

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:
1.  Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire and salary history.
2.  Cover letter
3.  Resume 

For questions about this position please email recruitment@usip.orgDo not send resumes or attachments to this email address.

Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted. 


No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only. 


USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law. 


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