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Position: Operations Associate
Status and Location: Full-time, Washington, D.C.
Reports to: Chief of Staff
FLSA Salary Classification: Full-time Exempt

Position Summary:

The Operations Associate plays a central role in PRRI’s internal operations, providing program management and administrative support for the organization’s accounting, human resources, grants and project management, and governance functions. The incumbent is a highly organized problem solver and effective communicator who can prioritize across multiple tasks and who excels in a mission-driven, team-oriented environment. The Operations Associate will partner with the Chief of Staff to ensure the professional and efficient management of these internal areas, which in turn support PRRI’s Executive, Research and Communications teams.


  • Manage key internal operations including accounts payable, employee onboarding, and assisting with production of editorial materials with external vendors
  • Administer wider office operations, including maintaining office space and equipment, managing building and suite access, and interfacing with key vendors including the building’s property management team
  • Provide high-level scheduling support for two organization executives
  • Assist the Chief of Staff with benefits administration, grants and project management, IT administration, and governance responsibilities, including preparation for semiannual meetings of the Board of Directors


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or related fields
  • Minimum three years of full-time experience in operations, administrative support, or office management, with nonprofit experience preferred but not required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office/Office 365 (including Microsoft Excel) and Google applications
  • Demonstrated skills in written and verbal communication, time management, and problem solving, with a foundation of business acumen and attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects, and to maintain confidentiality of information
  • Knowledge of key project management concepts and familiarity with the Asana work-management platform preferred but not required

About PRRI:

PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute), founded in 2009, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy.  PRRI research explores and illuminates America’s changing cultural, religious, and political landscape.  The organization’s mission is to help journalists, scholars, pundits, thought leaders, clergy, and the general public better understand debates on public policy issues, and the important cultural and religious dynamics shaping American society and politics.

Please visit our website for more information at

Instructions for Applying:

Applications will be received until July 15, 2022, or until the position is filled. Applications will only be accepted via  Please upload a cover letter detailing how your experience fits this opportunity, along with your resume and three professional references here. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  PRRI offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. No calls or agency inquiries, please.

PRRI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other members of under-represented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.


Internship Opportunity for Fall 2022 in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

PRRI offers up to two research internships during the fall semester to outstanding students who are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. Research interns will aid in all aspects of the research process, including the development of survey questionnaires, data analysis, and the production of research reports. This internship is paid (up to $20/hour) and may qualify for course credit.


  • Participate in all research team projects and activities, including team meetings – you will be a full member of the team!
  • Conduct background research for research reports
  • Assist with survey design and writing survey reports
  • Learn Stata and how to conduct survey data analysis
  • Produce survey deliverables, including toplines, banners, reports, and media requests
  • Number check all deliverables
  • Assist with brainstorming and writing blog posts for PRRI website on topics of interest


  • Currently in the process of earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree in political science, religious studies, psychology, journalism, communications, or related field
  • Demonstrated interest in religion, politics, and policy issues
  • Strong communication skills, detail-oriented
  • Ability to learn quickly, work independently and in a team, and manage time well
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Prior course work or experience working with data is a plus, but not required


  • Paid internship with a professional and friendly research team
  • Learn to read, interpret, and write about survey data and the survey research process
  • Be able to analyze survey data and apply statistical concepts to survey data
  • Gain a better understanding of the research process – including designing and conducting survey research in the real world
  • Gain access to network connections and career mentoring
  • Get the opportunity to publish your own spotlight (blog) analyses on PRRI’s website

Internship Dates: 

This is an internship for the fall semester of 2022. Based on mutual agreement, the intern should be able to work 10-25 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Please indicate how many hours you want to work per week in your cover letter. Specific work hours will be determined between the intern and their supervisor at the time of on-boarding.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PRRI will determine the fall operating status of its office at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C., in August 2022. Arrangements for office and/or virtual work will be determined at the time of on-boarding.

To Apply:

We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups and first-generation college students. Those interested should submit the following in Word or PDF to Diana Orces at

  • Resumé with name, contact information, and relevant coursework or experience (maximum 1 page)
  • Cover letter that addresses why you are interested and discusses any relevant coursework or experience (maximum 1 page),
  • Sample of a short (less than 5 pages) paper written by yourself that demonstrates an aptitude to synthesize a summary report on a particular topic (a paper you have written for a class is welcome)
  • One letter of reference from a professor at your institution (maximum 1 page)

The deadline to submit applications is August 15, 2022. If you will need course credit or specific arrangements with your institution, please note that in your cover letter.

About PRRI:

PRRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research at the intersection of religion, values, and public life. Its mission is to help journalists, opinion leaders, scholars, clergy, and the general public better understand debates on public policy issues and the role of religion and values in American public life by conducting high quality public opinion surveys and qualitative research.

Learn more about PRRI here.


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