The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization founded in 1923. Based in Brooklyn, New York, it mobilizes researchers, policy makers, professionals, activists, and other experts from the private and public sectors to develop innovative approaches to issues of critical social importance.

Measure of America is a nonpartisan program whose mission is to stimulate fact-based public debate about and political attention to issues of well-being and access to opportunity in the United States. The hallmark of this work is the American Human Development Index, a composite measure that reflects what most people believe are the basic ingredients of a fulfilling life of choice and dignity: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living. Recent MOA projects include DATA2GO.NYC and a series of reports on disconnected youth that anchor the national dialogue on the issue. Measure of America breathes life into numbers, working with partners to create reports, online apps, and advocacy campaigns that tell the story of well-being and opportunity in America’s communities.

Fall 2018 Research Intern

Measure of America is seeking an intern for the fall 2018 semester to assist in data research, data preparation for analysis, data cleaning, reports, and online tools. Preference will be given to current graduate students, though exemplary undergraduates will also be considered. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to participate in the development of future MOA reports and other products, be an integral member of a small, dynamic team, and gain practical experience in data extraction, cleaning, and translating data-based research into accessible documents for nonacademic audiences. The minimum time commitment is four months part-time (in the range of 15–20 hours per week). A stipend will be provided.


Duties for this internship, to be performed under the supervision of program staff, include a diverse range of tasks, the exact mix of which will be determined based on the intern’s skills and interests. The chief areas of work are:

  • participating in statistical research and data collection;
  • carrying out data calculations;
  • helping to contribute to the project’s online communications efforts;
  • conducting literature reviews on diverse topics in the social sciences and public policy


Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students in the social sciences, human rights, public policy, or international affairs (recent graduates will also be considered) and must have:

  • familiarity with a statistical software package and excellent Excel skills;
  • a demonstrated interest in domestic social policy issues;
  • a strong academic background and good writing skills;
  • some experience using data to make arguments desirable;
  • experience with mapping software a nice bonus but not at all a requirement.

Please note that this internship has a small stipend for travel. When possible, school credit will be given

Application Information

For priority consideration, please submit your application by August 24. In the cover letter, please describe one MOA project that interests you and how you would like to build upon it. Click here to apply.

The Social Science Research Council Is An Equal Opportunity Employer.