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. 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 core administrative and publishing unit and seven research projects that study 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 Center for the People & the Press Project Overview
The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is an independent, non-partisan public opinion research organization that 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. The project conducts 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.
The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is offering a paid internship opportunity during the summer of 2014 for undergraduate students entering their senior year, recent college graduates, or graduate level students with an interest in political polling or survey research. The summer 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. The intern reports to the Research Associate.
- 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 junior 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 & Skills Requirements
- A “numbers” person with quantitative and statistical skills.
- Interest in Americans politics and polling.
- Proven facility with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Ability to balance numerous tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
This internship pays an hourly rate of $13. A full time work week is expected, with some flexibility around an academic course schedule.
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.
- A resume.
- Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
- Names and contact information for three academic or professional references.
Applicant should applications to email@example.com. Responses can also be mailed to:
Human Resources Department
Pew Research Center
1615 L Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Due to the volume of applications received, applicants will be notified only if they are selected for interviews.
We are an equal opportunity employer.