Research Intern, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute (Washington, DC)


At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Public policies work best when they are rooted in facts, and our research sparks solutions in programs and practice. Our analyses and recommendations help expand opportunities for all people, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the fiscal health and effectiveness of government.

As an intern at the Urban Institute, you’ll work alongside experts across the organization and beyond in the nation’s epicenter of public policy – Washington, DC. Your work will have an impact on real-life, real-time policy issues and discussions.

The Urban Institute’s Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population is seeking an undergraduate summer intern (rising junior or senior) to support research studies related to early childhood programs and policies. Candidates should demonstrate experience with research methods and interest in child care, early education, early childhood home visiting, and disparities in access and outcomes in these programs for disadvantaged populations.


  • Conduct background research and compile evidence on emerging topics
  • Conduct literature reviews, create annotated bibliographies and synthesize key findings
  • Contribute to product development, including basic editing and formatting, creating data tables and figures, and compiling reference lists
  • Support proposal development activities as needed
  • Support study recruitment and data collection activities as needed
  • Complete quick turnaround requests to support efforts of early childhood research team


  • Demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills
  • Have experience with various research methods, such as conducting literature reviews and supporting primary data collection (e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups, observations or child assessments)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; experience with quantitative data analysis software (e.g., STATA, SAS, SPSS, R) and/or qualitative analysis is an advantage but not required
  • Preferred qualifications include undergraduate major in economics, public policy, psychology, sociology, human development, or a related social science field. Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors.


For more information and to apply, click here.

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