Policy Associate

Policy Associate


About the Milken Institute

The Milken Institute is an independent economic think tank with offices in Singapore, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and London. Its mission is to widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. For over two decades, our conferences and convenings have discussed sharp questions and bold ideas with high-profile leaders, executives and CEOs in business, finance and government. We do this through independent, evidence-based research, action-oriented meetings and meaningful policy initiatives.

About the Role

The candidate will be based in Singapore and support the existing team and Director on a number of projects. The projects center around research to inform the private, public and non-profit sectors on policy gaps and implications, innovative financial solutions to overcome economic and social challenges, and the convening of action-oriented meetings. The candidate will organize research, conduct industry mapping, manage lists of stakeholders, plan for field research and convenings with policymakers and subject-matter experts, and complete routine administrative tasks. We’re looking for candidates who are:

  • Action-oriented executers: adept at multi-tasking, self-motivated, resourceful, detail-oriented and equally comfortable in research and networking.
  • Team players: able to collaborate well with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, comfortably taking ownership when necessary as well as following directions. You value rigorous discussion, consultation and communication.
  • Analytical, creative and rigorous thinkers: a flexible problem solver. You are capable of synthesizing diverse streams of information across disciplines, switching nimbly between academic and real-world thinking, and communicate succinctly in plain writing.

Reporting Relationship

The Associate will be a member of the Asia Center based in Singapore and report to the Director. He/she will be offered a contract with benefits. He/she will work closely with the Policy & Programs team, interns, as well as the wider Milken Institute in and beyond Singapore.


  • A demonstrated interest in policy analysis/research, and an undergraduate degree in global/economic development, economics, developmental finance, public policy, public administration, international relations (development focus), or a related concentration.
  • Background in one or more of the following: developmental finance, environmental sustainability, infrastructure/urban development, aging or healthcare.
  • Familiarity with and work experience in Asia.
  • Strong proficiency in English and Microsoft Excel. Asian languages are a plus.
  • Willing to travel as needed.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.  

Please submit a resume, cover letter, academic transcript and a brief analytical writing sample. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an aptitude test. Due to the high volume of applications, we regret that only successful applicants will be contacted.