Influence decisionmakers. Shape debate. Make a difference.

Since 1968, Urban Institute employees have contributed objective analysis and expertise to important economic and social policy conversations, from city halls to the White House and beyond. Blending academic rigor with on-the-ground engagement, our research results in evidence-based, real-world solutions to some of the country’s biggest policy challenges. 


Our work is an unqualified reflection of the great people we hire. Urban derives its strength from creativity, intellectual contribution and growth, and our differences in viewpoint, background, and experience. Accordingly, we welcome and celebrate diversity in all its forms—ideology, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, or veteran status. Urban is proudly multidisciplinary, multicultural, multiracial, academic and applied, and highly schooled and practically experienced.


As an Urban employee, you can expect to

  • be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters;
  • work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative;
  • be respected for who you are;
  • be recognized and rewarded on ability and merit for your contributions; and
  • enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination, and intolerance.

From research to communications to finance to information technology, your skills can help us continue to influence policy, open minds, shape decisions, offer solutions, and improve lives.


We hope you’ll consider joining us.



Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.

Urban values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law.