Research Assistant

GBAO is seeking a research assistant to join its team. With headquarters in Washington D.C., GBAO is a progressive, public opinion research firm offering expertise in survey research and strategic communication to clients including Democratic candidates, campaign committees, issue organizations, non-profits, and labor unions.

The research assistant will play a key supporting role on projects for top political campaigns and influential organizations and institutions. Through this work, the research assistant will gain fluency in political polling and develop the hard skills required to manage strategic research.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with the organization and execution of research projects, including surveys and focus groups
  • Ensuring quality control of the research process, including survey design testing and live research monitoring
  • Conducting background research on local, state, national, and international campaigns and initiatives that focus on a range of political, cultural, and economic issues
  • Proofreading and editing of documents and data products such as questionnaires, memos, and presentations
  • Developing knowledge and skills in order to take on more responsibilities, including developing survey design and creating client presentations

The ideal candidate is a recent college graduate who is intellectually curious, passionate about progressive politics, and a strong team player who can keep up in a fast-paced work environment. All candidates must demonstrate keen attention to accuracy and detail. Good time management and communication skills are a must. The candidate should be comfortable with Microsoft Office, analyzing data and using formulas in Excel, and designing presentations, including charts, in PowerPoint.  Spanish fluency is a plus. Prior political internships, a demonstrated interest in Democratic or progressive politics, and/or a statistical background are also assets.

GBAO believes a diverse, inclusive staff makes us a stronger company and better partner for our clients. Our team includes women, people of color, and LGBTQ people in management roles and as analysts. We believe this diversity elevates all aspects of our work and brings essential perspectives to understanding public opinion. We’re committed to hiring people of all races, ethnicities, ages, sexes, genders, sexual orientations or gender identities, marital statuses, religions, and disabilities, and strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

Please note that due to COVID-19, GBAO offices are temporarily closed, and we will remain a remote-first organization until further notice. Our firm culture is rooted in collaboration and interactions between colleagues and to that end, once our offices reopen it is our expectation that Research Assistants will generally work from the office according to a schedule agreed upon with their supervisor.

Salary and benefits: competitive salary commensurate with experience; 3 percent employer contribution to 401(k); CareFirst health care insurance, including full premium and deductible paid by employer; 2 weeks of vacation plus the last week of December. GBAO is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please send .pdf copies of your resume and cover letter to, with file names “[Last name] – Resume” and “[Last name] – Cover Letter.” The email subject line should read “[Last name] – Research Assistant.”

GBAO is a progressive public opinion research firm that offers broad expertise in survey research and strategic consulting in corporate communications, branding strategy, international relations, and political campaigns at all levels of government. From Democratic candidates for office to socially conscious small businesses and Fortune 500 companies, labor unions and progressive ballot initiative campaigns to world famous cultural institutions, think tanks to advocacy groups and civic organizations, we delve deeply into our clients’ issues and audiences, conduct high-quality research, and develop winning game plans. For more information about our clients, work, and team, please visit