Summer Intern, Pew Research Center (Washington, DC)


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
  • Journalism
  • Design


  • 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.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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