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Pew Research Center | Washington, DC
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Job Description

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; Hispanic trends; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Our work is carried out by a staff of about 160.

Primary Responsibilities

The summer internship is a paid opportunity during the summer of 2020 (beginning June 3 and ending on or before August 23) and is open to undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate-level students with an interest in the respective team's field. The internship provides opportunities to learn new skills and have a firsthand experience in data analysis and research production.

The primary responsibilities of an intern will highly vary by project, but you can expect fact-checking and proof-reading, creating charts, tables, and slides, organizing relevant polling data, and performing research and analysis of original survey data and data from other sources. For all tasks, attention to detail and individual judgment are critical. Of foremost importance is ensuring that data analysis and reporting meet the highest standards of accuracy and impartiality.

This year, the Pew Research Center has eighteen summer internships. Some teams are recruiting for multiple interns.


Science and Society

International Survey Research Methods

Data Labs

Fact Tank

Social and Demographic Trends

International Religion

Demography of Religion

Domestic Survey Research Methods

Global Attitudes

Global Migration & Demography and Hispanic

U.S. Politics



Knowledge and Skill Requirements


* Interest in their preferred research area
* A "numbers person" with quantitative and statistical skills
* Strong verbal and written communications skills
* Proven facility with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
* Knowledge of how to display data in easy-to-understand ways in tables and charts in both Excel and Word
* Detail oriented and ability to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products
* Ability to work well in a team setting
* Demonstrated ability to work accurately on deadline
* Ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks

Application Materials:

* Your resume.
* Statement of purpose (cover letter):
* To avoid applicants submitting multiple applications, in your cover letter, list which teams you are the most interested in applying for. Your application materials will be shared with each of those teams.
* Highlight your skills and describe in detail your quantitative and statistical experience, including use of specific statistical software programs.
* Specify which research areas you are most interested in applying for and why those areas are of interest.

Finalists may be asked to provide:

* A copy of transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
* Writing samples.
* Names and contact information for additional academic or professional references.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

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.

About Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center found that in 2008, 34 percent of eventual voters cast their ballot before election day, up from 20 percent in 2004. This year, Gallup has found that 15 percent of all register voters have already done their civic duty, and another 18 percent plan to do so before November 6. Sorry, you need to have javascript running to see this poll.