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Child Policy Intern (Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population)

Urban Institute

Urban Institute

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Friday, December 29, 2023

About Urban Institute:

At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.

Our Mission

To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

Our Values

Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity

For more information on the Urban Institute, please visit https://www.urban.org.

The Opportunity:

Central to Urban’s mission is fostering a truly inclusive community that ensures ongoing relevance to a changing world. 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, Head Start and Early Head Start, and disparities in access and outcomes in these programs for underserved populations.

What You’ll Do:

  • Conduct background research and compile evidence on emerging topics

  • Conduct literature reviews, create annotated bibliographies, and synthesize key findings

  • Support data cleaning and descriptive analyses of quantitative data using analytic software (e.g., STATA, SAS, SPSS, R)

  • 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 child policy research team

Who You Are:

The successful candidate will:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in economics, public policy, psychology, sociology, human development, or a related social science field. Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors.

  • 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

Program Highlights:

  • 10-week paid internship; full-time preferred but strong candidates will be considered for part-time positions

  • Internship program designed to provide students interested in research, public policy issues and organizational operations with rewarding and substantive work assignments that contribute to Urban’s mission

  • Intern Program Dates: June 10-August 16

  • Participate in our new intern “welcome” orientation

  • Network with operations staff, senior professionals, and others who will support your professional growth and career interests

  • Participate in intern-specific workshops and networking events designed to advance your professional development and build your soft skills

  • Engage in team-building activities that forge new friendships with other Urban Interns

  • Receive informal feedback and mentoring from your intern manager

  • Present the value of your contribution and what you learned during our end of summer Lightning Talks

What you’ll experience:

No matter your role with Urban, you will contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference for people and communities across the country. And whether you call the Washington, DC area or elsewhere home, you can expect to be part of a welcoming and hybrid workplace. We are committed to cultivating a community and working in a manner defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity.

Urban’s greatest asset is our people.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned. This posting is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Urban management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

The Urban Institute is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy or family responsibilities, matriculation, disability, political affiliation, or any other protected status under applicable law. The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you have a physical and/or mental disability and are interested in applying for employment and need special accommodations to use our website to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources at humanresources@urban.org. Reasonable accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.