Fall Research Intern, Measure of America

Social Science Research Council
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Aug 10

Position description

The SSRC’s Measure of America program is seeking a part-time fall intern to assist in researching, writing, and producing papers, reports, and online tools.

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences through a wide variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, research, and publications. For more information, please visit our website: www.ssrc.org.

Measure of America (MOA) is a program of the SSRC dedicated to stimulating fact-based public debate about and political attention to issues of well-being and access to opportunity in the United States. The hallmark of this work is the American Human Development Index, a composite measure that reflects what most people believe are basic ingredients of a good life: health, education, and income. Measure of America published the first-ever human development report for an affluent country in 2008 and has since released additional reports at the national, state, and county levels. In addition, Measure of America has produced a series of state reports, thematic briefs, and interactive online tools. More information about MOA is available at www.measureofamerica.org.

Measure of America is seeking an intern for the fall 2018 semester to assist in data researcMOAh, data preparation for analysis, data cleaning, reports, and online tools. Preference will be given to current graduate students, though exemplary undergraduates will also be considered. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to participate in the development of future MOA reports and other products, be an integral member of a small, dynamic team, and gain practical experience in data extraction, cleaning, and translating data-based research into accessible documents for nonacademic audiences. The minimum time commitment is four months part-time (in the range of 15–20 hours per week). A stipend will be provided.


Duties for this internship, to be performed under the supervision of program staff, include a diverse range of tasks, the exact mix of which will be determined based on the intern’s skills and interests. The chief areas of work are:

  • participating in statistical research and data collection;
  • carrying out data calculations;
  • helping to contribute to the project’s online communications efforts;
  • conducting literature reviews on diverse topics in the social sciences and public policy


Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students in the social sciences, human rights, public policy, or international affairs (recent graduates will also be considered) and must have:

  • familiarity with a statistical software package and excellent Excel skills;
  • a demonstrated interest in domestic social policy issues;
  • a strong academic background and good writing skills;
  • some experience using data to make arguments desirable;
  • experience with mapping software a nice bonus but not at all a requirement.

 Please note that this internship has a small stipend for travel. When possible, school credit will be given

Application instructions

Please be sure to indicate that you saw this position on Globaljobs.org

follow us on Twitter