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Paulson Policy Analyst Program

The Manhattan Institute (MI) is a community of scholars, journalists, activists, and civic leaders who are united by a shared commitment to advancing economic opportunity, individual liberty, and the rule of law in America and its great cities. MI is independent, creative, and bold, and we are hiring a like-minded Paulson Policy Analyst capable of working closely with our fellows and public policy research teams.

Paulson Policy Analysts will pursue research and journalism, publishing research papers and articles in City Journal, the Manhattan Institute’s marquee magazine of policy and culture. Policy Analysts will also provide support to MI fellows on research and writing projects, pursue media opportunities with MI’s communications team, and work with MI’s Events and Marketing teams to deliver substantive programming such as podcasts and panel discussions. Policy Analysts will also participate in enrichment programming organized by the Institute, designed to enhance their career development prospects and expand their professional networks.

The program lasts for two years, starting from the date of hire, and the position is based at MI headquarters in New York City. Whether participants continue with the Manhattan Institute or move on to politics, research, business, or further education, the goal of the Paulson Policy Analyst Program is to develop future leaders who will advance the causes of constitutionalism, economic freedom, and the rule of law for generations to come.

MI is looking for self-starters who are committed to developing actionable policy ideas that align with and amplify our institutional priorities in the following areas:

  • State and local public finance, particularly New York City fiscal affairs
  • Economic growth and innovation
  • Legal policy and constitutional law
  • Policing and public safety
  • K-12 education policy
  • Identity politics
  • Health policy

Required Qualifications

  • College degree in a relevant field
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Ability to work with and analyze data
  • Ability to clearly communicate research findings to experts and non-experts alike
  • Ability to persuasively communicate policy ideas to audiences across the political spectrum
  • Familiarity with MI policy priorities and the work of MI fellows; a keen interest in supporting and extending this work
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to adjust to a constantly shifting policy landscape

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in relevant field
  • Familiarity with a programming language, such as R, for statistical computing
  • Experience publishing policy commentary in reputable media outlets


MI offers generous benefits, including a hybrid work environment, four weeks paid vacation, a Summer Fridays program, paid paternity/maternity leave, medical and dental coverage, medical and dependent care FSA, mental health benefits, remote medicine, paid company cell phone, life insurance, and a 401(k) with a company-funded match.  MI staff also benefit from the opportunity to collaborate and socialize with prominent scholars in our policy space.

The salary range for this position is $70,000/year to $90,000/year, depending on experience and qualifications.

To apply, please fill out the form below and include the following materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in MI and the policy areas in which you wish to work
  • Writing sample: please include an op-ed length policy commentary or links to previously published commentary public policy.
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