Part-time Eastern Washington Office Assistant in Spokane

Washington Policy Center is the premier non-profit, independent think tank in Washington state - promoting sound public policy based on free-market solutions. WPC provides accurate, high-quality research through its six research centers focusing on the areas of government reform, small business, environment, health care, education, and transportation. With four offices in Seattle, Olympia, Spokane and Tri-Cities, WPC’s impact is felt throughout the entire state with an annual budget of $2.2 million and a statewide staff of 17. On average, WPC’s research is in the media five times per day. Dozens of our recommendations have been signed into law or passed by voters at the state and local level.

The part-time Eastern Washington office assistant position offers a great opportunity to gain valuable office experience in a non-profit, public policy environment. This position will work closely with and reports to the Eastern Washington director in Spokane, and also work with key staff in the organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Organizing publications and materials for WPC events in Eastern Washington
  • Assisting in scheduling and setup of Eastern Washington events
  • Coordinating meetings with Eastern Washington Advisory Board
  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks including maintaining records and office organization

Key Requirements:

  • Understand and support our mission to promote free-market solutions through research and education in Washington state
  • College level political science, economics or communications degrees preferred
  • High level of organization and attention to detail and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects at one time
  • Must exhibit sound judgment in confidential donor matters
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products including Word and Excel


  • Hours vary throughout year, minimum of 10 Hours/week with flexible scheduling
  • Ability to work additional hours at discretion of Eastern Washington director
  • The position will work out of WPC’s downtown Spokane office
  • Salary: $12 per hour

Chris Cargill, Eastern Washington director, ccargill [at] washingtonpolicy [dot] org or (509) 570-2384

WPC’s Janet and Doug True Research Internship Program

Washington Policy Center offers part-time internship positions geared toward undergraduate students and recent graduates for each academic quarter including summer. Interns work approximately 15 hours per week. WPC allows flexible hours to work around the intern’s class schedule while attending nearby colleges and universities. Through the Janet and Doug True Research Internship Program, WPC has had the privilege of excellent interns each quarter since 1999. Former WPC interns have gone on to work in Washington D.C., have run for office, have completed prestigious academic endeavors and have begun successful careers in the private sector. Many credit their interest in policy to their time as a WPC intern.

Research Internship

Research interns work directly under the Center’s research department.
Their duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research
  • Filing research material
  • Performing administrative tasks
  • Assisting at WPC public policy events

A student in political science, history, or government with an interest in Washington state public policy issues is desired; however, applicants from all majors are eligible. Applicants should have an above average GPA with great communication skills and strong command of search engine utilization and Microsoft Office.

Depending on the institution, WPC’s research internship may be eligible for academic credit. The internship is also a paid position earning minimum wage, which in Washington for 2015 is $9.47/hour.

To Apply

If you would like to apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Operations Manager Braden Goodwin at the address below. Be sure to include explanation of your desire to work with a free-market, public policy organization like Washington Policy Center. Applications are received on a rolling basis so please also indicate in your cover letter for which quarter you are applying.

Email: bgoodwin [at] washingtonpolicy [dot] org
Mail: Braden Goodwin
Operations Manager
Washington Policy Center
P.O. Box 3643
Seattle, WA 98124-36343


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