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 newly 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 statistical and social science fields. Interns typically are 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 theory 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
Each year, the interns conduct a new project. In 2010, interns conducted content analyses of interviewer-respondent interactions and ran focus groups to explore reasons for refusals and interview break-offs in the National Immunization Survey. More recently in 2011, the interns analyzed new methods for data dissemination and building a community of data users for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Making Connections Project.
NORC hires interns who demonstrate strong interest in pursuing a career in social science research, conscientiousness and a commitment to rigor. We also value the ability to thrive in a team environment, creativity, flexibility, problem-solving abilities, as well as strong written and verbal communication skills.
NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer valuing diversity in our work force, and we actively encourage all qualified candidates to apply.