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Research Program Intern (Executive Office Research)

About Urban Institute:

At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.


Our Mission

To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.


Our Values

Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity


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The Opportunity:

The Research Program Intern will contribute to WorkRise, a multi-year initiative hosted by the Urban Institute to generate data and evidence to inform policies and practices that can increase economic security, mobility, and opportunity for low-wage workers. The ideal candidate is a strong writer and communicator, attentive to detail, proactive, and able to work as part of a team  for a fast-paced, ambitious initiative.


What You’ll Do:

  • Support the team by drafting summaries of research papers and short columns featuring empirical analysis that translate research for non-technical/non-academic audiences for Working Knowledge blog platform
  • Help conduct background research and analysis that can inform strategic decisions, support partnership and engagement activities, and contribute to the development of public-facing reports, including through writing background briefs and memos on topics related to economic mobility
  • Contribute to internal team meetings and assist with managing tasks and completing project deliverables
  • Support event planning and coordination for convenings with external stakeholders
  • Assist the team with other assignments and opportunities as they emerge


What You Are:

  • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program in Sociology, Economics, Public Policy, Political Science, Mathematics, Statistics or related fields
  • Demonstrable interest in issues related to labor markets, employer practices, worker power, job search and training, and supportive services for workers
  • Interest in and/or experience working in Excel, Stata, R or other data analysis software and managing large data sets
  • Previous internship experience (preferred)


Program Highlights:

  • 10-week paid internship; full-time preferred but strong candidates will be considered for part-time positions
  • Internship program designed to provide students interested in research, public policy issues and organizational operations with rewarding and substantive work assignments that contribute to Urban’s mission
  • Intern Program Dates: June 10-August 16
  • Participate in our new intern “welcome” orientation
  • Network with operations staff, senior professionals, and others who will support your professional growth and career interests
  • Participate in intern-specific workshops and networking events designed to advance your professional development and build your soft skills
  • Engage in team-building activities that forge new friendships with other Urban interns
  • Receive informal feedback and mentoring from your intern manager
  • Present the value of your contribution and what you learned during our end of summer Lightning Talks


What you’ll experience:

No matter your role with Urban, you will contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference for people and communities across the country. And whether you call the Washington, DC area or elsewhere home, you can expect to be part of a welcoming and hybrid workplace. We are committed to cultivating a community and working in a manner defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity.


Urban’s greatest asset is our people.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned. This posting is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Urban management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

The Urban Institute is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy or family responsibilities, matriculation, disability, political affiliation, or any other protected status under applicable law. The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.

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