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Research Analyst
Summer Internship

Research Analyst

The Homelessness Research Institute (HRI), the research and education arm of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, is seeking a highly motivated, creative, well-organized and self-confident Research Analyst. The person in this position will assist in fulfilling HRI’s mission to end homelessness by building and disseminating actionable knowledge about solutions to homelessness.

Working under the direction of the Director of the Homelessness Research Institute, the Research Analyst’s main responsibilities are to:

  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data for inclusion in research reports and best practice profiles/case studies. This includes manipulation of large datasets, including Census and other federal data.
  • In partnership with HRI staff, draft and edit research reports, policy briefs, best practice profiles, and other educational materials on homelessness, populations at-risk of homelessness, and affordable housing. The incumbent co-authored seminal HRI publications including The State of Homelessness in America.
  • Review current and related research and policy literature to stay abreast of emerging studies, reports, and promising practices focused on homelessness.
  • Work with HRI and Alliance staff to disseminate research and data to the media, the public, and a broader audience of opinion leaders using methods such as blog posts and email newsletters.
  • Work with HRI, Alliance staff, public agencies and partner organizations to identify the practice and policy  implications of research findings.
  • Assist with the management of the Alliance’s Research Council and collaborate with the Council to implement a national research agenda on homelessness.
  • Maintain interactive maps, charts, and other policy tools for the Alliance website that communicate important concepts regarding homelessness and its solutions.
  • Assist with Alliance conference preparation, including speaker identification and workshop planning.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Three to five years prior work experience.
  • Master’s degree, preferably in public policy, public administration, sociology, geography, urban planning, economics, or other social science field, or equivalent experience required.
  • A strong interest in homelessness, housing, and poverty.  Previous research experience in the areas of homelessness and housing issues a plus.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills, including the ability to conceptualize paper outlines, to draw policy and practice implications from data and research, and to summarize technical research projects. 
  • Experience using statistical packages (e.g., SAS, SPSS) and Microsoft Excel to conduct quantitative analysis required.
  • Experience analyzing large datasets, such as Census or other national data.
  • Experience using software and online services, such as GIS (ArcView, MapInfo), Google Maps/Visualizer, or Tableau, to visualize data preferred. Interest in data visualization required.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to lead projects, work on multiple projects at once, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – this position requires communicating and collaborating with other staff people sometimes under stressful circumstances.
  • Enthusiasm about working on the project of ending homelessness in the United States.

Supervised by: Director, Homelessness Research Institute.

Supervises: N/A

Classification: Full-time, regular exempt

To Apply: Send résumé, detailed cover letter, and two relevant writing samples to:

National Alliance to End Homelessness Paid Summer Internship

Time Commitment: Full-time (35 hours/week), from approx. June 1 through August 15, 2016

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) is a leading voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. The Alliance works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help communities achieve their goal of ending homelessness. We provide data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.

The Alliance will be hiring two full-time interns for Summer 2016 at its offices in Washington, DC. Prospective candidates should be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant area of study. Interns will assist in projects across the communications, development, and policy teams. Candidates should indicate which of those areas are of most interest to them and should describe the experience and skills they would bring to projects in those interest areas.

Responsibilities will vary depending on team assignments and may include:

  1. Communications drafting and content generation: This may include assisting in drafting and editing policy briefs and blogs, newsletters, donor and other communications, and website, conference, and social media content.
  2. Conducting research: This may include research into existing or proposed legislation or policies, research into prospective foundations, or research on media placements or media tracking tasks.
  3. Conducting and compiling interviews: This may include interviewing local or national stakeholders for policy or communications purposes and conducting interviews with consumers who have experienced homelessness.
  4. Supporting staff projects: This may include administrative tasks on projects developed by the communications, development, or policy teams like drafting documents and spreadsheets, data entry and database organizing, helping to arrange conference workshops, and attending (with and without Alliance staff) various opportunities for professional development, including policy forums, Congressional briefings, community meetings, and others.


  • Strong analytical skills, ability to synthesize and summarize information;
  • Well-organized, focused, and detail-oriented multi-tasker;
  • Self-starter, willing and able to pursue own projects, and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (all interns) and digital technologies (for interns on communications projects);
  • Strong professional verbal and written communication skills;
  • Interest in public policy analysis, communications, and relationship building with individuals and groups, all focused on homelessness and poverty issues;
  • Candidates with prior life experience or work experience in homeless or low-income communities, communities of color, and/or LGBTQ communities are encouraged to apply.

Compensation: These positions will be compensated at $11.50/hour in addition to a $100/month transportation stipend.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in an Alliance internship, a current resume outlining your relevant experience, and a short writing sample (no more than three pages, can be an excerpt from a larger work) that demonstrates your communication and/or research ability to Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2016. Internships will begin the first week of June 2016.


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