The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)—a technology and economic policy think tank—seeks a trade and intellectual property policy analyst. The analyst will work on a wide range of trade policy issues including providing policy recommendations and insights regarding trade agreements the United States is negotiating and assessing foreign countries’ “innovation mercantilist” policies. The analyst will work at the intersection of a range of intellectual property, digital, and trade policy issues, including copyright, patent, digital content, and digital trade issues. The analyst will participate in and help shape outreach concerning trade and intellectual property policy with a wide range of international, congressional, industry, academic, and non-profit stakeholders. The position will be located in Washington, DC and reports to ITIF’s director of global innovation policy.

The ideal applicant will be a detail-oriented, high-energy, self-starter capable of developing innovative and original insights, analysis, and authorship while also being capable of thriving in a collaborative, team-oriented environment. The ideal analyst should be a highly productive analyst and writer, and a fresh thinker regarding trade and IP policy issues.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Conduct research assignments as directed;
  • Author long-form research reports related to a broad range of trade, digital economy, and intellectual property policy issues;
  • Proactively write blogs, editorials, and articles;
  • Contribute to organization and delivery of ITIF conferences and panel discussions;
  • Present at internal and external events on these policy issues.

Qualifications: A Master’s degree in public policy, international trade, international business, economics, or related fields preferred, although applicants possessing a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of applied professional experience will be considered;

  • Demonstrated exceptional writing and communications skills;
  • Excellent research, analytical, and organizational skills;
  • Highly proactive and flexible, with an ability to simultaneously work on multiple projects in a dynamic, fast-paced, almost start-up like environment;
  • Ability to thrive both when working on projects independently and on team-oriented projects;
  • Ability to balance independent initiative with effectively executing assigned direction;
  • Ability to proactively network and build relationships with outside organizations;
  • Is ideally fluent at the intersection of business strategy, public policy, and national economic systems.

Application process: To apply for this position, please submit the following to, and indicate in the subject line of the email that your application is for the trade policy analyst position:

  • Cover letter explicitly stating specific interest in and qualifications for the position. Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered;
  • Resume, including references;
  • A writing sample of at least ten pages in length on a related topic. 

 ITIF is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy think tank committed to articulating and advancing a pro-innovation and pro-technology public policy agenda internationally, in Washington, and in the states. ITIF is governed by a board of distinguished IT and innovation policy leaders and experts.