Our paid internship program is a learning and networking opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students.  Our interns are “learners” who get to do real work.  We help our interns develop as professionals and teach them how to enter and navigate the workplace.

Summer interns will belong to a cohort and attend programs which will allow them to meet staff from across the Center, as well as expose them to a variety of careers, including: public opinion research, polling, methodology, computational social science/data science, economics, sociology, political science, communications, non-profit management, and data journalism. Candidates with interest in the Center’s mission and values, as well as a desire to learn more about careers in these fields are encouraged to apply, regardless of traditional experience in this type of work. 

Interns can expect substantial and challenging work. For example, an intern may learn or master statistical software, be a part of the research lifecycle, work on a report, or publish a blog post.

Our interns make valuable contributions to our work, and as such, undergraduate interns are paid $15/hour, while graduate interns are paid $20/hour. Interns are not eligible for benefits, including paid time off, but relocation benefits are available to those who need them. Interns are responsible for finding their own housing.

Our work

Whether a social scientist writing survey questionnaires, a designer visualizing complex findings or a survey methodologist ensuring our methods are the gold standard, everyone at the Center has a hand in our work.

Our empirical research on a wide range of topics helps policymakers, civic leaders, educators and the public at large understand and address some of the world’s most challenging problems. Our public opinion surveys allow the voice of the people to be heard, and our demographic, economic and political analyses show how the world is changing.

Life at Pew Research Center

We are led by political scientist Michael Dimock and have a staff of more than 170 people. Our experts combine the observational and storytelling skills of journalists with the analytical rigor of social scientists. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including social science researchers, data scientists, survey methodologists, journalists, graphic artists, web developers, communications professionals, and administrative support and operations staff.

Pew Research Center is a great place to work, learn and grow. Our culture is open, collegial, collaborative, supportive and down-to-earth. Our staff is made up of smart, talented, mission-driven people who care deeply about the work they do.

The Center’s work reflects our values: independence, objectivity, accuracy, rigor, humility, transparency, and innovation. An extension of these values is our vision of a positive, welcoming workplace where every employee can thrive.

As a preeminent research organization with national and global reach, the Center provides a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional growth. Continuous growth and development are critical to maintaining the excellence of our staff and supporting the mission of the Center, now and in the future. We place a high priority on creating an environment where people can thrive and contribute their best work.

Additional Internship Information

Summer internships are typically posted in January with interviews occurring during February and hiring decisions made in March. Summer internships run for approximately 12 weeks, from June through August. We occasionally offer internships during the Fall and Spring semesters, and they are posted on an as-needed basis. All interviews are conducted via video conference. 

Interns are expected to work at least 30 hours a week during regular office hours (9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) unless otherwise arranged with their managers. We prefer the intern experience to be in-person, out of our Washington, DC office.  If you require a fully remote internship, please note that on your application.  We place a priority on providing a safe and supportive environment for our staff. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken steps to ensure that safety by requiring full vaccination against the virus. 

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Summer 2022 internship opportunities will open in January, 2022 and will be available on our careers page.