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Summer Internship, U.S. Politics
Pew Research Center

Location: USA
Washington, DC
Job ID: 2017-4982


Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research in the areas of U.S. politics and policy views; media and journalism; internet and technology; religion and public life; Hispanic trends; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Research Center’s work is carried out by a staff of 150.

Position Summary:

The summer internship is a paid internship opportunity during the summer of 2017 (beginning in May or June 2017) for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, recent college graduates, or graduate level students with an interest in political polling or survey research. The intern will be expected to assist the research team on various aspects of the survey process, including questionnaire development, data management, statistical analysis, reporting of survey results and quality control. For all of these tasks, attention to detail and individual judgment are critical in maintaining the highest standards of accuracy and impartiality.

Pew Research Center’s politics research group studies American attitudes toward politics, the press and public policy issues. In this role it serves as a valuable information resource for political leaders, journalists, scholars and citizens. They conduct regular weekly and monthly polls on politics and major policy issues in the United States. In addition, the Center periodically fields major surveys on the news media and social issues.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Number checking, fact checking, proofing
  • Data management, maintaining and reviewing internal files and databases
  • Assisting in the production of Center reports; creating tables, charts and slides in MS Office suite.
  • Assisting staff with special projects and related research, as necessary.


    • College student either pursuing a Bachelor’s degree (and completed a minimum of their sophomore year) or a graduate degree or a recent college graduate (graduated in the past year).
    • Experience with data management and analysis in SPSS or other statistical software and at least one course in statistical methods.
    • Background in political science, sociology or related fields preferred.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • A “numbers” person with strong quantitative and statistical skills.
  • Experience with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Interest in Americans politics and polling.
  • Ability to balance numerous tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

Application Procedure

A complete application will include the following required items:

  • A cover letter highlighting your skills and describing in detail your quantitative and statistical experience, including use of specific statistical software programs (please also give an indication of your schedule, including what dates you are available).
  • A resume.
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
  • Names and contact information for three academic or professional references.

Due to the volume of applications received, applicants will be notified only if they are selected for interviews.

We are an equal opportunity employer.


To Apply

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Posted on 17 March 2017
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