Join Our Team

The Harkin Institute seeks out motivated and engaged students for its student employee program. Student employees are members of an important professional team, which is second in priority only to academics.

The Harkin Institute is hiring!

The Harkin Institute seeks talented, motivated students to join our student team! We are looking for students with an interest in communications, graphic design or public policy research.

The Harkin Institute conducts policy research and programming in four focus areas, including disability policy, labor and employment, retirement security and wellness and nutrition. These positions are open to all students and you do not need to be pursuing a career in politics or research to apply.

You can find specific position descriptions and application information on Handshake.

Please contact with questions.

A position at The Harkin Institute is much more than a part-time job; it is a real-world opportunity to do real-world work.

Through the course of their employment, students are asked to organize and execute high-level projects for full-time staff. They are held to a higher standard than their peers. 

In return for the commitment to The Harkin Institute, student employees will have a unique opportunity to join full-time employees in a variety of settings, help on long-term research projects, and gain exposure to national thought leaders and policymakers. Full-time staff take personal interest in students’ professional development. When student employees have excelled in their role, full-time staff will begin to provide them with networking and mentorship opportunities. Student employees take part in a weekly professional development series. Student employees will graduate with skills, experiences, and connections far beyond their peers. Opportunities for student employment at The Harkin Institute include, but are not limited to, roles in communications, policy research, and data analysis. As students continue to commit their time to The Harkin Institute, they will find themselves with promotions, in management roles, and as student leads on specific projects.

Address: 2800 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

Phone: (515) 271-3623


Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.