The RAND Corporation is currently recruiting for our 2021 Summer Associate research internship for PhD students. Available positions encompass a wide variety of policy-relevant substantive areas (e.g., education, health, justice policy, labor, national security, cyber policy, data science, etc.) and methodological skills (e.g., quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, machine learning, etc.).
Please note: At this time we are still determining whether this internship program will proceed in an in-person or remote/virtual model for summer 2021.
If the program proceeds in person, positions will be available in RAND’s major U.S. offices — Santa Monica, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, and Boston. Office placement decisions are based on the availability of in-person mentorship and other factors. If the program proceeds in a remote/virtual model, positions will be available for remote workers residing in the U.S. (excluding U.S. territories) for the duration of the summer associate assignments.
Summer Associates experience the following at RAND:
- Typically work at RAND for a 12-week period during the summer;
- Receive a bi-weekly paycheck during their assignment with RAND;
- Conduct research that can be completed during their time at RAND and present the results of this research to the RAND community via a 15-30 minute briefing at the end of their three-month assignment;
- Are closely mentored by one to two established RAND researchers;
- Are highly encouraged to network and interact with other researchers outside of their primary mentorship team and area of expertise;
- Are invited to attend a number of seminars from researchers both within and outside of RAND.
The program is designed for full-time students who have completed at least two years of graduate work leading to a doctorate (e.g., PhD, EDD, DRPH, SciD, etc.) or professional degree (e.g., law or medical degree, professional engineer certificate). Students must be enrolled full-time in a graduate degree program during the spring and fall of 2021 to be considered for the program. Students graduating prior to September 2021 are encouraged to look at our full-time positions at www.rand.org/jobs.html.
Most of RAND’s professional hiring is at the PhD level, so our summer program is oriented toward individuals who are generally within a year or two of completing their doctorates. Exceptions are made for master’s students applying for our engineering and computer or information science positions.
U.S. citizenship is not necessary except when required for certain types of project work (e.g., the project contract requires it or the project work itself requires a security clearance). Residency in the U.S. (excluding U.S. territories) will be required if the program proceeds in a remote/virtual model.
A keen interest in working on applied, policy-oriented research questions is necessary. Applicants are strongly encouraged to explore RAND’s website (www.rand.org) for details on RAND’s ongoing research portfolio. Unfortunately, we do not know in advance which projects may require summer associates.
Additional qualifications required:
- Excellent analytic skills;
- Proven ability in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, both verbally and in writing;
- Ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team;
- Strong commitment to RAND’s core values of quality and objectivity;
- Proof of legal right to work in the United States is required upon hire;
- U.S. Citizenship is not necessary except when required for certain types of project work (e.g., the project contract requires it or the project work itself requires a security clearance)
- Residency in the U.S. (excluding U.S. territories) will be required if the program proceeds in a remote/virtual model.
Who is not eligible?
The program does not hire high school students, undergraduates, or postdoctoral fellows at this time. Graduate students who will graduate prior to the summer of employment are not eligible. The program typically does not consider master’s degree students except in the Engineering, Computer or Information Science, and Operations Research disciplines.
RAND accepts applications only through our website, http://www.rand.org/summer-associates. Applications mailed directly to RAND or emailed to our Summer Director will not be considered. All applications are due by December 4, 2020, 11:59pm Pacific Time.
If you have additional questions about the Graduate Student Summer Associate Program, please contact Summer_Director@rand.org.