Policy Analyst (Washington, D.C.)

Engine is hiring a Policy Analyst to help formulate and communicate our positions on key policy debates related to technology entrepreneurship. This person will be a core part of a small but growing team.

As Engine’s Policy Analyst, you will:

  • Work closely with Engine staff to develop strategy and to shape Engine’s take on policy issues;

  • Monitor and provide analysis of various policies in development that would affect tech entrepreneurship;

  • Communicate Engine’s positions to policymakers and their staff;

  • Represent Engine in public and in working with allies;

  • Identify, establish, and maintain relationships with congressional staff, startups, and coalition partners.

The Candidate:

  • Must have demonstrated interest in the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship;

  • Must have experience working with congressional offices on both sides of the aisle;

  • Must have a familiarity with some of the policy issues impacting startups, such as immigration reform, STEM initiatives, and access to capital issues and must also be willing and able to develop expertise in new policy areas with limited direct guidance;

  • Must be a self-starter;

  • Must write well and be articulate and persuasive (white papers, blog posts, op-eds, social media);

  • Must work well with and coordinate large coalition groups with disparate interests;

  • Tech savvy.


  • Recent experience working for a congressional office;

  • J.D.;

  • Political, startup/VC, or economics experience.

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, noting which issue(s) outlined above are most important to you, and a resume to Reference “Policy Analyst” in the subject line.



Policy focused undergraduates, MPP & law students: Research and Policy Analysis Projects

If you’re an MPP candidate, law student, or policy-focused undergraduate with an interest in policies that impact startups, Engine is accepting volunteers to collaborate on policy research or analysis projects. Volunteers will work with Engine’s policy staff to help develop their own policy research ideas related to the tech entrepreneurship issues Engine cares about—from immigration and patent reform to startup financing and telecommunications issues. Volunteers will have the opportunity to release a piece of original research, co-branded with and supported by Engine.

If interested, please send your resume and a proposal of no more than 500 words outlining your research idea and how you would execute this project to Reference “Policy Project” in the subject line. Please note Engine has a limited capacity to oversee volunteer projects.


Policy focused undergraduate & graduate students: Startup City Assessment

If you’re an undergraduate with an interest in startups, new business development, technology, or local policy, Engine is accepting volunteers to conduct research and generate a report on the startup community in their current city or town.

Over the course of 6 – 12 weeks, students conduct 1:1 interviews, collate online materials, and analyze available data to draft a report on the state of startups in their city. Students will schedule regular check-ins with Engine staff to help guide the direction of the report and offer advice and resources.

The final report should identify and describe:

  • Major players in their startup community: companies, entrepreneurs, accelerators, civic groups, etc.

  • Leading startup industries

  • Resources available to new entrepreneurs

  • Local policy initiatives to support the growth of startups

  • Talent pool: universities, training centers, larger companies

  • Capital sources: foundations, local government, angel investors, venture capital firms

The report may be featured on Engine’s website. In addition to the report, we encourage students to write a blog post presenting the final report to be published on our blog.

Volunteers should have excellent writing and communication skills; some experience with research projects and exhibit professionalism in representing Engine.

If interested, please send your resume and a proposal of no more than 500 words outlining how you would execute this project to Reference “Startup City Assessment” in the subject line. Please note Engine has a limited capacity to oversee volunteer projects.

We welcome all qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or political affiliation. We are committed to building a diverse organization where employees can gain experience that will serve them for the rest of their careers.