Our Summer Legal Internships have now been filled.


The North Carolina Justice Center is the state’s leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming North Carolina’s prosperity into opportunity for all.  Our staff includes researchers, community educators, litigators, lobbyists and communication specialists who work across a broad range of issues that impact the lives of poor and working families.

The Budget & Tax Center, a project of the Justice Center, is seeking a part-time (an estimated 20 hours per week), time-limited Research Assistant. This position has an expected duration of seven months, with the possibility to arrange a flexible schedule that could include some remote work. The Research Assistant will support analysis of the economic and demographic landscape in North Carolina with specific projects that advance public and policymaker understanding of the labor market, business and commercial activity as well as issues of poverty, hunger and equity.  The Research Assistant needs very strong quantitative skills and experience with accessing, cleaning, and manipulating large datasets. This position will work closely with colleagues in the North Carolina Budget & Tax Center to produce rigorous, timely, and relevant analysis of the economic and social conditions in North Carolina through interactive and static infographics, reports and briefs. The Research Assistant will be responsible for developing code and data management protocols to download, clean, organize, and archive publically available datasets such that they can be updated when new data releases occur. Processes must be documented in a way that will allow colleagues with limited experience with coding-based data management platforms to execute in the future. The Research Assistant will also assist in data analysis, visualization, and writing- up results for non-technical audiences.

The successful candidate will have completed coursework in statistics and enrolled in BA, MA, or PhD program; strong writing skills; advanced Excel skills; strong command of R coding platform for managing and analyzing data; experience working with IPUMS data preferred; experience organizing files to facilitate use across data analysis and visualization platforms; experience collaborating with less technical colleagues on data gathering and analysis projects; experience with applied inferential statistics; experience documenting data management protocols and/or analytical results for non-technical colleagues; experience working in the policy analysis and/or advocacy fields preferred; and a strong commitment to social and economic justice, equity, and inclusion.


Dependent on experience (minimum of $15 per hour).

How to apply

To apply send a cover letter, resume, and professional references as a single PDF file that has your name in its title, and “Research Assistant” in the subject line to .

Our organization is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Justice Center does not discriminate on the basis of person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, age, disability or genetic information.

This position is open immediately and will fill quickly. Priority will be given to applications received by 5/10/2018.