National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago Summer Internship Program

Provides opportunity to develop the expertise of individuals in social science research. For undergraduate and graduate students of all years; paid for 9 weeks during the Summer.

NORC at the University of Chicago is invested in developing the expertise of individuals in social science research – and, particularly, fostering NORC’s commitment to excellence, innovation and collegiality among researchers entering the profession. The centerpiece of these efforts is the NORC Summer Internship Program, which offers nine-week, paid positions for students pursuing undergraduate- and graduate-level studies in survey research and social science fields. Interns are typically assigned to an ongoing NORC research study, attend a seminar series on principles of survey research, and conduct a small-scale study as an intern group project. Each summer, interns:

  • Learn the principles of survey research from leading practitioners at NORC
  • Gain hands-on survey design and operations experience
  • Combine social science and statistical methods with the practical challenges of day-to-day project implementation
  • Apply and develop technical skills
  • Build the teamwork and project management skills important to any career

Deadline Information

Application Deadline (5:00 PM CST): Friday, January 22, 2021

Responsibilities

Interns are typically assigned to an ongoing NORC survey project with a focus on public health, health care, education, or economics, and the whole intern cohort is expected to conduct a small-scale study. A seminar series geared towards understanding the principles of survey research will be offered during the program for interns to attend. In previous years, interns have worked on the National Immunization Survey, the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, and the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, among other projects. In recent years, the group project – led by a senior NORC survey methodologist – has focused on new data collection platforms and data collection methods. The intent of the program is to expose interns to all facets of the survey process—from designing research questions to developing appropriate modes for data collection to formulating new analyses of results.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU IN NORC'S SUMMER INTERN PROGRAM:

  • Experience a summer of hands-on survey design, analysis, and operations
  • Work in an environment where you'll gain teamwork and project management skills that are important in any career
  • Combine social science and statistical methods with the practical challenges of day-to-day project implementation
  • Apply and develop your technical skills
  • Learn the principles of survey research from its leading practitioners

Eligibility Requirements

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Preparation in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods
  • Skills in statistical or general-purpose programming (e.g., SAS, Python, R, Java) recommended
  • Strong interest in pursuing a career in social science research
  • Curiosity about how to build a study design from fundamental data collection procedures
  • Conscientiousness and ability to thrive in a team environment
  • Creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving abilities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

 

Application Process

APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter: Address why serving as a NORC Summer Intern is important to the fulfillment of your career goals.  During - Application Step 5: Profile Attachments - Click 'Upload File' to attach a cover letter