Discover your career at Mercatus

Join our mission to make the world a better place. Explore flexible opportunities and a collaborative culture.

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Join the Future of Economics

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University serves as a vital bridge between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, the Mercatus Center advances knowledge about how markets work to improve people’s lives.

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Grow with us and unlock the next step in your career.

Your Health and Wellness


We offer an HSA or Dependent Care FSA account and paid family leave.

Your Time Away

Paid Time Off

At Mercatus, we trust your work ethic, which is why we offer unlimited PTO.


We observe 10 holidays throughout the year, and any cultural holidays requested for individual employees.

Unfortunate Times

Mercatus pays for basic life and disability to support you through tough times.

Your Day at Mercatus

Flexible Hours

Enjoy our flexible work hours. Some teams also work from home multiple days a week.


Employer-paid secure garage parking and bike racks, or SmarTrip FSA.


We have a casual dress code, numerous social events, and opportunities for growth

This is Alex

What Alex has to say

“I came to Mercatus almost 6 years ago as a receptionist. Since joining, I’ve worked my way up to become the Office Manager. Mercatus is a great place to network and is full of amazing people! The office is like a second home to me. ”

Our Values

Humility and intellectual honesty
Commitment to mission drives action and measurement
Scientific method and pursuit of truth over dogmatism and partisanship
Embrace challenge and openness
Leah and her book

What Leah has to say

“I came to work at Mercatus 17 years ago; the collaborative and entrepreneurial culture sparks my creativity.  Sound economic thinking in service of human flourishing is a venture I love being part of. And I wrote my first book at Mercatus, which is pretty cool!”

Frequently Asked Questions

Can’t find the answers you’re looking for? Reach out to us at [email protected] or call (703) 993-4930.

    When applying to Mercatus, the Hiring Manager will review your application and, if you're a good fit, schedule an initial interview. Successful candidates may proceed to a panel interview with potential colleagues, and some roles may involve assessments like skills tests or case studies. This thorough process ensures Mercatus selects the most qualified candidates for its team. It's important to note that interviews may be conducted virtually or in-person.

    In a world filled with exceptional talent, the task of selecting the right individuals for a job can be challenging. While we may not be able to offer positions to every extraordinary individual, we are continually seeking individuals who align with our mission and values. To stay informed, regularly check our jobs page for updates that may align with your skill set. We maintain a record of resumes and cover letters, creating an avenue for potential future collaborations. If you come across a new opportunity that resonates with you, don't hesitate to reach out to our dedicated human resources team for more information about the position.

    We're always on the lookout for talent who can contribute to our mission, and new opportunities arise regularly. Keep an eye on this page for updates, create an account, and submit a resume, to be added to our talent community when future roles become available. Your proactive approach ensures you stay informed about potential openings and positions you as a candidate ready to support our mission.

    Our hiring managers consistently review applications, and while the process duration may vary, it typically ranges from a few days to a few weeks. Normally, you can expect to hear back or receive an email from a hiring manager within the first two weeks of applying for a position. We appreciate your patience and encourage you to reach out if you have any questions or concerns during this period.