NLIHC Seeks Research Specialist–COVID Response

NLIHC seeks a research specialist to further the coalition’s research on housing-related responses to the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis. The research specialist will work with other members of the NLIHC research team to carry-out research, including data collection and analysis, on rental assistance and other housing policies intended to aid low-income renters. This is a one-year position.


  • Collect data on state and local housing-related responses to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Collect and analyze data about the design and implementation of emergency rental assistance programs
  • Collect and analyze federal housing-related expenditure data, including spending through FEMA, the CARES Act, Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA), and other federal programs
  • Participate in NLIHC working groups related to the coronavirus and other disasters
  • Disseminate NLIHC research to the general public, members, and partners through writing reports and blogs, creating visualizations, and other means
  • Participate in other research, as assigned
  • Prepare materials for webinars, briefings, conferences, and similar events organized by NLIHC and other partner organizations
  • Contribute to NLIHC’s weekly e-newsletter Memo to Members & Partners by identifying and summarizing new research relevant to NLIHC members’ interests
  • Attend and participate in NLIHC staff meetings, events, Board meetings, and trainings
  • Other duties as assigned.


Applicants should possess at least a bachelor's degree, a commitment to social justice, knowledge of research methods, and some knowledge of affordable housing, homelessness, or fair housing policies. Candidates should have strong analytical, writing, and editing skills, oral and interpersonal communications, organizational skills, and attention to detail. Applicants should also be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite. Experience with statistical software and/or GIS also a plus.

An equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, NLIHC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. NLHIC is located in Washington, DC, but the analyst will work remotely, at least initially.   

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter with salary requirement, and two writing samples to Bairy Diakite, operations manager, and Andrew Aurand, vice president for research, at: [email protected] and [email protected]

NLIHC Internship Opportunities

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is a national nonprofit dedicated to achieving socially just public policy that ensures the lowest-income people in the U.S. have decent, affordable homes. Join NLIHC’s efforts to end homelessness and housing poverty in America!

NLIHC accepts applications for our internship positions on a continuous rolling basis. Interns are highly valued and fully integrated into our staff work. We seek students passionate about social justice issues, with excellent writing and interpersonal skills. 

The available positions are:

Fall (Sept. to Dec.) and Spring Semesters (Jan. to May).

Note: Summer Interns (June-Aug.) for Policy, Field, and Research will be considered only for students whose school or other program provides a stipend.

Policy Intern. Tracks new legislation, attends and summarizes congressional hearings for the Memo to Members newsletter, participates in visits to congressional offices, develops materials for use in lobbying the House and Senate to achieve NLIHC’s policy agenda, and updates the NLIHC Congressional database. 

Field Intern. Assists the NLIHC Field team in creating email campaigns focused on important federal policies, writing blogs, managing our database of membership records, mobilizing the field for the legislative efforts, and reaching out to new and existing members.

Research Intern. Assists in ongoing quantitative and qualitative research projects, writes weekly articles on current research for Memo to Members, attends briefings, and responds to research inquiries.  Quantitative skills and experience with SPSS a plus.

Fall (Sept.-Dec.), Spring (Jan.-May), and Summer Semesters (June-Aug.)

Communications/Media/Graphic Design Intern. Assists with designing collateral material such as brochures, flyers, infographics, and social media imagery, and updating content on the NLIHC website. They also prepare and distribute press materials, assist with media research and outreach for publication releases, work on social media projects, maintain a media database, and track press hits.  Some experience with graphic design and Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop) is needed. 

Fall and Winter interns are expected to work 25 hours a week. The summer intern works 40 hours a week.  Two semester placements are possible. NLIHC provides modest stipends.

A cover letter, resume, and writing sample are required for consideration. In your cover letter, please specify the position(s)/semester for which you are applying. Communications/Media/Graphic Design interns should also submit three examples of graphic design work (attachments or online portfolio).

Interested students should send their materials to: Bairy Diakite, operations manager, National Low Income Housing Coalition, 1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005 via email to: [email protected]