We are always looking for civically minded people with a passion for science to work in District government. The Lab @ DC has a number of avenues by which people can join the team whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent, and at a variety of professional levels. These include:
From time to time, The Lab looks for Operations Analysts, Data Scientist, and Social Scientists to join our team at both the staff and senior staff levels. Look for and apply for positions via DC Human Resources.
DC Government Agency Fellowships
The Lab is dedicated to fostering a scientific community by engaging and collaborating with experts not just here in the Office of the City Administrator, but across District agencies. A number of staff based at other DC agencies (e.g. the Metropolitan Police Department, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice) serve as Lab Fellows. Fellows work closely with The Lab on cutting-edge projects in support of their agency’s agenda. Interested District government staff should connect with Karissa Minnich, Senior Operations Analyst.
University-based academics can join The Lab in part-time and full-time capacities during sabbaticals or their research hours. It’s an excellent opportunity for a wide variety of disciplines to gain experience in applied research. Interested faculty should connect with Karissa Minnich, Senior Operations Analyst.
Undergraduate and graduate-level interns join The Lab @ DC for a semester at a time through DC Government’s District Leadership Program (DLP) in the summer (May - August) and the Mayor’s Leadership Engagement Achievement and Development (LEAD) program during the academic year (September - December and January - May). Applications are accepted through DC Human Resources and the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments.
Through partnerships with American University and the University of the District of Columbia, The Lab @ DC hosts graduate-level research assistants each semester of the academic year for part-time work. Interested AU and UDC students should connect with their university Dean. Not at AU or UDC? The Lab is always looking to build partnerships with other DC universities. Connect with Karissa Minnich, Senior Operations Analyst, to start a discussion.
You have deep knowledge of a social science field as well as technical expertise related to experimental design and analyses. You’re passionate about developing insights from the research literature into policy and program designs that improve lives; generating new ideas, theories, and products based on empirical tests that determine what works best; and, in general, always pushing to use what we know about people and societies to improve the world. You want to be a leader in defining what it means for government to run on experiments.
You have advanced skill-sets in programming, statistics, and scientific communication. You’re passionate about generating actionable insights from data; conveying those insights to others in compelling graphical, numerical, and narrative forms; and, in general, always pushing to learn and do more with data to serve individuals and committees. You want to be leader in defining what it means for government to run on data.
You have the agility, proactive disposition, and aplomb to transform ideas into well-implemented realities. You’re passionate about designing organizations, systems, and workplans that deliver results; pressing relentlessly for opportunities to work more effectively and efficiently; and, in general, always pushing to execute more intelligently. You want to be a leader in defining what it means for government to run as a high-performing organization.