The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is searching for a Research Fellow to join the team for a three-month minimum term, beginning in September 2016 (specific start date flexible).  The Research Fellow will support the Council’s Research team on the mission-critical initiatives of the Council. This is a great opportunity for students looking to apply their knowledge of economics and government in a real-world setting. This fellowship is unpaid and based in Washington, DC.  This is a part-time fellowship, with a minimum requirement of 15 hours per week.


The position is open to students of all academic backgrounds, but is particularly suitable for individuals in the following fields: economics, government, sociology, public policy, statistics, and other social sciences and quantitative disciplines.

The program will also include leadership and professional development programming and mentorship opportunities.

Research Fellow duties:

The Fellow will work with the Research Managers to analyze data, conduct literature reviews for potential future research topics, curate existing research, and develop content for research deliverables such as fact sheets and issue briefs. In addition to tasks given by Managers, Fellow will complete long-term personal projects during their time at NWBC.

A competitive candidate will:

  • Have computer literacy, including basic research skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office, particularly with Microsoft Excel
  • Be a team player with a positive attitude
  • Demonstrate sstrong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Show commitment to the organizational mission
  • Have completed coursework in statistics

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Familiarity with statistical software (Stata preferred)
  • A demonstrated understanding of the current landscape for entrepreneurship
  • Strong writing skills
  • An ability to multitask and shift priorities, and work under tight deadlines

How to apply:

Please submit a resume and brief statement on why you are interested in this fellowship (maximum 500 words) to The deadline is August 8th. Again, this fellowship requires a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week, is unpaid, and based in Washington, DC.


More about the Council:

The NWBC was established via the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988, HR 5050. Throughout the years, the NWBC has brought together women business owners, policymakers, bankers, representatives of women’s business organizations and other stakeholders to identify the unique challenges facing women business owners and to formulate potential solutions.  

As the government’s only independent voice for women entrepreneurs, the NWBC’s mission is two-fold:

  1. Support and conduct groundbreaking research that provides insight into women business enterprises from startup to success, and
  2. Share the findings to ultimately incite constructive action and policies. 

Our research is centered on four key issues facing women business owners: access to capital, access to markets, job creation and growth, and data. Take a look at our most recent research here and our factsheets here.