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American Institutes for Research Overview

Washington, DC
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Social Assistance
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
For more than 70 years, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) has analyzed how we reach the pinnacle of human performance. As one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations, we look for solutions rooted in ... Read more

Mission: To conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation toward improving people's lives, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged populations.

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American Institutes for Research – Why Work For Us?

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70+ Years of AIR

How do we make the world a better place?

For us, this question isn’t rhetorical. It’s one that has driven us since 1946. Our team possesses a strong desire to work for the greater good and an intellectual diversity that fuels inventive thinking. When combined, they allow us to uncover innovative answers that can help solve society’s most unique and pressing challenges. 

AIR brings together experts in many fields – including education, psychology, economics, psychometrics, statistics, public health, child welfare, software design, usability engineering, mental health and communications. Our clients – which include federal, state and local policymakers, agencies and practitioners in the U.S. and abroad – use AIR's research to help develop policies that impact individuals, organizations and the world. 

Because we are non-profit and non-partisan, we operate with the strictest independence and objectivity. We create solutions that help us do the most good in the world, regardless of politics. 

 So, how do we make the world a better place? Through passion and persistence. 

Face to face interactions at AIR are always meaningful
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Our Work

Each stage of life presents its own opportunities and challenges. Together, AIR’s assessment, research, evaluation and capacity-building teams aim to benefit people in all of life’s stages – from the youngest children to students, workers and seniors.   

Through our assessment services, we blend innovation and experience to advance instruction and learning. Our researchers, engineers and product developers fuse statistics, technology and content into powerful products and services. Their evaluations enable our clients to make evidence-based decisions about the value of policies and practices that profoundly affect people’s lives.   

AIR's international work improves the quality of life in developing countries. With the help of local partners and multinational organizations, we develop, pilot and implement development activities in lower- and middle-income countries.   

Overall, we uncover what works, pinpoint ways to improve the rest, and help document the social and economic benefits of investments. Our breadth of services enhances our clients’ capacities to accomplish strategic goals, improve systems and deploy innovations. 

AIR's Chicago office, ready for research!
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Diversity & Culture

AIR produces great work because we cultivate an environment that’s a great place to work – one where we truly care about our colleagues and the clients we serve.    

AIR’s collaborative atmosphere encourages staff to be creative and supportive, which, in turn, fuels our mission-driven efforts. One of our top priorities is diversity, which we define not just by race or gender, but by the whole human experience – age, culture, education, skills, life stories and more.    

This spirit of inclusion allows us to paint with a richer palette. The respect we have for individual contributions and our devotion to diversity is at the root of our company culture – and our long-standing success. 

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Our interns are always ready for research!


Are you ready to build a meaningful career and accomplish goals that touch lives and have a real-world impact? Are you interested in working with others like you who value diversity and inclusion and seek to improve the quality of life for everyone? 

Whether your strengths lie in the arts, government, business, technology or sciences, you can tap into your passion at AIR. 

To apply for one of our career opportunities, please visit our AIR Careers site. 

Internships and Fellowships 

If you’re interested in getting a jump-start on your career, we offer 10-week Summer Internships (for those pursuing their bachelor’s and Master’s degrees) and Pre-Doctoral Fellowships. Both our interns and scholars enjoy hands-on work experience, opportunities to network with AIR leaders, competitive pay and more. 

You’ll benefit from rich learning experiences in some of the most unique and challenging subject areas. You’ll also develop skills in fields across the spectrum, including applied contract research, evaluation, software and product development, and various corporate functions. Successful interns may be invited back for future internship opportunities or, upon graduation, full-time positions. 

Join Us 

Have questions about our Internship, or Fellowship  program? Email AIR Recruitment at . 

When you’re ready to apply your talent, education and curiosity toward a career that makes a difference at an organization that values your contribution, choose AIR

A key to being a good intern is asking questions.
AIR researchers receive a myriad of benefits.


AIR offers a comprehensive Total Rewards package. Employees enjoy competitive base salaries, a generous benefits package, and a workplace that promotes growth, development and creativity. 


With four plans to choose from, you can find your ideal health care fit. We offer national POS or account-based health care plans that include prescription drug coverage. HMO options are also offered at our larger sites. Spouses, domestic partners and dependent children under age 26 may be covered. 


Take advantage of one of two dental plan options through Delta Dental – both offering coverage for preventive, diagnostic and basic services. 


All eligible employees are automatically enrolled in the Vision Core Plan – AIR pays the fee. You may upgrade to the Plus Plan to personally purchase additional coverage. 


Enjoy our free online wellness program that can help you learn about your current health status, your health risks and how you can make improvements. You can even receive wellness counseling from health educators. 


AIR provides basic life and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, a wage replacement program (AIR’s version of Short-Term Disability Insurance), long-term disability insurance and basic long-term care insurance at no cost to employees. 


We provide an AIR retirement plan in which we make contributions on behalf of all eligible employees based on age and length of service. To help you save even more for your retirement, AIR offers a 403(b) plan, through which you can set aside a portion of your salary and control how you want your contributions invested.


Looking to further your studies or your career? We offer tuition aid programs to help defray the cost of tuition, fees and books for educational courses that are relevant to your work at AIR or required for a job-related degree. AIR also provides Ph.D. publication support. 

Employee satisfaction is a top priority.

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    "Generous with staff perks and benefits. Great flexibility."

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    Flexible work arrangements. Ability to work from several different offices and easily reserve cool visitor offices with sit/stand desks.


    My department is pretty lean so it can be challenging.

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    Other leaders need to be more visible - The CEO is very visible and approachable but others also need to step up.

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American Institutes for Research Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at American Institutes for Research in May 2018.


    The process was very straightforward. I applied online and within the same day was contacted by HR to set-up a screening interview with an interview, which took place the following week. Then two weeks after that, I had two Skype interviews (in the same day) with 2 staff members and then a senior manager. I got an offer the following morning. Throughout the process, everyone was very warm and easy to talk to.

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American Institutes for Research Awards & Accolades

  • The Post 200, Washington Post, 2011
  • J.E. Wallace Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award, Council for Exceptional Children, 2012
  • Elected President of the Association for Education Finance and Policy,, 2012
  • Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTS) Contract, General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management, 2016
  • Mathematician Steven Leinwand Earns Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, 2015
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts


Offer formal "internships" for mid-career people or those returning to the workforce

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