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 not currently hiring.

There are no current student employment positions open at The Harkin Institute. If you’d like to send us your resume for future positions, please email it to

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 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. These positions are open to all students and you do not need to be pursuing a career in politics or research to apply.

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.