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 communications team! Are you interested in helping to tell the story of The Harkin Institute and share our valuable work with a global audience? Apply now on Handshake! The application deadline is January 26, 2020. Please contact Emily Schettler,, 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: 2429 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

Phone: (515) 271-3623

Fax Number: (515) 271-3631


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