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
Each year, the interns conduct a new project. In 2016, interns used data from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey to examine patterns of nonresponse among beneficiaries with high healthcare utilization. In other years, group projects have focused on Web survey design, studying adaptive design methods, and developing an imputation model for an address-based sampling design.
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 that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.
The start and end dates for the 2017 program are Monday, June 12 to Friday, August 11.