Intern, U.S. Politics

Pew Research Center Washington, DC
Organization Overview

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; science and society; religion and public life; global attitudes; Hispanic trends 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 160.

Primary Responsibilities

The fall internship is a paid internship opportunity during the fall of 2018 for undergraduate students in their junior or senior years, recent college graduates, or graduate level students with an interest in political polling or survey research. You will 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. You will learn new skills and have a firsthand experience in data analysis and research production.

Pew Research Center's Politics research group studies American attitudes and beliefs about politics and public policy, conducting regular surveys on key issues in American politics. In this role it serves as a valuable information resource for political leaders, journalists, scholars and citizens.

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.

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.


* 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.

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.

To apply please include a resume and cover letter.

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

Pew Research Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.