We are hiring a part-time research assistant

FiveThirtyEight seeks a diligent, well-organized and kind person research assistant to help track and enter polls and other election data, as well as contribute research to political stories and projects.

This part-time position plays a vital role in supporting FiveThirtyEight’s politic coverage and interactive projects like ours presidential approval tracker Other pollsters’ ratings. You will help maintain the databases that make FiveThirtyEight work, especially our one of a kind survey database. And most excitingly, you will be part of the team that feeds the data into FiveThirtyEight 2022’s mid-term forecast model in real time.

This position is ideal for those interested in entering the world of political data. You will work closely with ours Senior Research Assistant and collaborate with our political journalists, copy desks and visual journalists.

This is a US based position. Remote working will be considered, or you will be able to work outside our New York office once it reopens. The exact time is flexible (we’ll work with you to set it), but hours are limited to 29 hours per week. Our hope is that you will stay in the workplace at least until the midterm of 2022, if not longer.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Senior Research Assistant Mary Radcliffe at mary.l.radcliffe@abc.com. Due to the number of questions we receive, we cannot guarantee an answer to every applicant.


  • Track survey news, collect and post new surveys in our survey database, and upload data to our trackers and survey templates.
  • Contribute to original research for specific stories and projects.
  • Develop an experience of US survey operators: their methodologies, quirks and qualities.
  • Respond to inquiries from pollsters and the general public about our projects and datasets.

Basic qualifications:

  • Experience with spreadsheets and data collection.
  • Strong attention to detail and willingness to carry out repetitive tasks (eg data entry) at the service of important projects.
  • Ability to use online tools, such as search engines and public databases, to track down specific information.
  • Convenient calling, emailing, and searching for sources to get them to send and answer questions about their data.
  • Willingness and willingness to work odd hours. (Polls often fall late at night or on weekends.)

Preferred qualifications:

(But missing one or more of these should not stop you from applying!)

  • A solid understanding of US politics, especially electoral politics.
  • Work experience as an academic research assistant or in an editorial office.
  • A strong understanding of how surveys work and the fundamental statistical concepts needed to interpret them.
  • Knowledge of relational databases.

ABC News and FiveThirtyEight are equal opportunity employers. Applicants will receive employment compensation regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.