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RTI International Overview

Research Triangle Park, NC
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Research & Development
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory ... Read more

Mission: Improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.

Company Updates

  • Our staffing partner Headway Resources has an immediate need for 300+ RTI Field Representative/Data Collector positions. This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for meaningful part-time work!

  • COVID-19

    Public knowledge and perception of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can help shape the federal, state, and local governments’ response to the pandemic and indicate whether those strategies are effective. RTI surveyed over 2,000 Americans in April 2020 to capture their awareness of COVID-19, their understanding of how the virus is transmitted, and their levels of support for potential community mitigation strategies. The survey was weighted to reflect the U.S. population. In this four-part webinar series, we will share the outcomes from the RTI-funded survey and provide a detailed analysis of the implications from that data.

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RTI International – Why Work With Us?

For more than 25 years, RTI International experts have helped clients build resilient health systems and improve public health. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working quickly to lessen its impact. Although COVID-19 is a novel virus presenting unprecedented challenges, RTI offers broad and deep experience to address a variety of public health threats—including Ebola, Zika, tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV—and improving the underlying systems where they occur and the effects they leave in their wake.

We have collected our work around COVID-19 as a centralized resource and will update as new work is completed and additional insights are developed.

Expert Perspectives on Coronavirus & COVID-19:

In the Face of COVID-19, We Must Keep Malaria Programming as a Priority

COVID-19 Model Updates 

Buying Time: Time for the U.S. Southeast to Shelter in Place

How COVID-19 Affects Educators and Operational Staff

COVID-19 Proves We Need More Than Strong Health Systems

Telehealth for Addiction: Online Support Groups in the Age of COVID-19

How Wearable Sensors Can Change the Course of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Supporting Interoperability During A Pandemic

COVID-19 Proves We Need More Than Strong Health Systems

Updated Guidance on Using Telehealth During This Public Health Emergency

Using Telehealth to Fight the Novel Coronavirus

The Outbreak of COVID-19: An Expert Interview with Pia MacDonald

Behind Sheltered Doors, Women’s Silence Can Be Deadly

Dr. Doris Rouse Joins COVID-19 Public-Private Partnership Initiative Led by National Institutes of Health

Social Media Analysis Describes Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation Online and Strategies Being Used to Counter It

North Carolina Modeling Infectious Diseases (NC MInD) Program: Our Innovative Modeling Plan to Combat Healthcare-associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance in North Carolina 

RTI to Leverage Its Current Health Care Facility Network Model to Simulate the Spread of COVID-19 

Use of Twitter social media activity as a proxy for human mobility to predict the spatiotemporal spread of 2019 novel coronavirus at global level 

Geolocation Study: Public Health Officials Should Prepare for Coronavirus in New Locations 

RTI Surveyed 1,000 Americans about Awareness, Perceptions of COVID-19




Our IMPACT is defined by the results of the projects we tackle on behalf of clients around the world. We share our findings through peer-reviewed publications, presentations at scientific conferences, and public release to the media.

Each year, our researchers are published in more than 600 journal articles, reports, conference proceedings, books, chapters and other publications. As scientists, researchers and thought leaders, contributing to the advancement of our fields comes second only to the pursuit of our mission. Through these efforts, we strive to communicate the results of our independent, objective research as a way of advancing our understanding of the world and informing decisions that will carry us into a better future.

We view each project—regardless of size—as an opportunity to drive positive change through new information, best practices, novel methods, and an integrated, multidisciplinary approach. No matter what our projects demand or where they take us, we bring a deep commitment to exceeding our clients’ expectations and a strong sense of mission shared

We maintain offices around the world to support our ongoing projects and the evolving needs of our clients and the communities and individuals they serve. We have designed and implemented projects in more than 140 countries and have more than 50 years of international experience.


Embracing the differing worldviews created by diverse backgrounds

At RTI we recognize that diverse backgrounds inform different views that help create a hub of ideas that drive our pursuit of world-changing innovations. Our cultural, ethnic, gender and intellectual diversity helps generate opportunities to foster creative solutions and teamwork.

Fulfilling our potential through respect, equity and value

From our research, to community involvement, to outreach, we apply our principles of diversity and inclusion globally at every level and function of our organization. Our commitment to honoring these principles has helped us create a diverse team that uses an inclusive environment as a springboard to improving the human condition. We have also turned a lens on ourselves, reaching out to employees to ask for their views on diversity and inclusion at RTI and how they would like to see their organization grow.

The result of our efforts? Skyrocketing employee engagement and a leadership culture shift unlike ever before. When our staff sees something they think doesn’t live up to the diversity and inclusion (D&I) ideals we’ve set forth, we encourage them to not only say something but to do something. Some of these workplace champions see their work commemorated with a D&I in Action award, while others benefit from the overarching improvements to the RTI community.

Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide employees with opportunities to network and engage in advocacy

Each of our ERGs serves as a community in which members voluntarily contribute their shared knowledge and collective experiences to enhance professional growth, promote multicultural understanding, and positively affect the RTI mission. The ERGs offer a forum for members to discuss relevant challenges and opportunities, and they enable joint efforts around common areas of interest. ERG activities include hosting speaker series, performing community service, organizing and attending professional development conferences, and leading diversity celebrations.

Accessibility ERG (ACCESS)

Asian American ERG (AAG)

Black Employee Resource Group (BERG)

Hispanic ERG (UNA Comunidad)


RTI Veterans and Allies ERG (VALoR)

Special Needs Caregivers ERG (SNC)

Telecommuter Network ERG (TeleWork)

Women’s Advancement, Leadership and Success ERG (WALS)

Working Parents ERG (WPG)

Young Professionals ERG (YP)

By combining the intellectual talents of leading scientists and experts across key practice areas, we are able to address some of the world’s most complex scientific and social challenges. We lead projects on behalf of a range of clients that includes government agencies, academia, foundations, global NGOs, and commercial companies.

Across these areas of practice, we deliver comprehensive services and capabilities in support of the missions and goals of our clients.

Driven by our own mission to improve the human condition, we seek to create and apply programmatic and technological solutions that will make a positive difference around the world.


If you’re looking for a place where you can make an impact and join a diverse team looking to make a difference around the world, RTI is the place for you.

We share your drive to make the world better. To solve challenges facing science and society. To learn and grow in a diverse and inclusive global environment. We make that happen by investing in you—dynamic professional development, employee wellness, world-class benefits. Everything it takes to empower you to accomplish our shared mission.

Explore and learn about our MISSION to improve the human condition, the PEOPLE that make it happen, a CULTURE that drives collaboration and innovation, and the GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT opportunities that help us develop leaders.

Put your knowledge and skills to work to improve the human condition. See what kind of difference you can make at RTI.


RTI International Reviews

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    "Truly dedicated to doing the right thing"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
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    I have been working at RTI International full-time (More than 3 years)


    A community of extremely bright and talented people, and an institution that focuses on being a great place to work. The best leadership team I've ever worked for. RTI places a lot of value on building and maintaining a healthy working atmosphere where you can be valued as an individual and where you can enjoy a workplace free from annoyances (harassment etc.). Lots of places have a values statement, but this is the only place I've ever worked where management at every level strives to make it a part of the day-to-day culture. It's the kind of place where a random VP or the CEO sits with you at lunch and wants to know how to improve on what we're doing.


    Like any big organization, experiences can vary across divisions and working groups. Like any big organization you can get lost unless you make an effort to connect and develop working relationships outside of your business unit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

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RTI International Photos

RTI International photo of: Kelly shows off her belt on Administrative Professionals Day
RTI International photo of: RTI 60th Anniversary celebrations.
RTI International photo of: RTI’s Black Employee Resource Group (BERG) hosted a volunteer event for the whole institute on MLK Day.
RTI International photo of: RTI 60th Anniversary celebrations.
RTI International photo of: RTI’s Black Employee Resource Group (BERG) hosted a volunteer event for the whole institute on MLK Day.
RTI International photo of: Recognized for going above and beyond her responsibilities, Human Resources presented Kristina Brunelle with the “Difference Maker” championship belt.
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RTI International Interviews



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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Accepted Offer
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    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at RTI International (Durham, NC) in March 2020.


    I was contacted by the recruiter for a phone screen 2 weeks after submitting my application (describe your interest in the position & RTI, qual/quant research experience, salary expectations, ideal start date). The next day she requested my availability to set up an interview, which consisted of meeting with 7 team members for 30 minutes each. Mostly behavioral questions and my career goals/how this position fits into that. Everyone was very nice, though some seemed more excited to talk to me than others. Immediately after the interview I got an automated email to fill out supplemental information, including references. 2 weeks after my interview, the recruiter extended an offer via the phone, and gave me the weekend to accept/decline.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time you worked with a difficult teammate and how you overcame that.   Answer Question
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RTI International Awards & Accolades

  • Worlds Most Ethical Companies, Etisphere, 2020
  • 2020 Military Friendly Employer Designation, Military Friendly, 2019
  • Best Employers for Diversity, Forbes Magazine, 2020
  • 2019 Leaders In Diversity, Triangle Business Journal, 2019
  • 2019 Cigna Certificate of Achievement, Cigna, 2019
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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

Fair Chance Pledge

Maintain hiring/training programs for those with criminal records as an opportunity for a second chance

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