Research Fellow Daniel Cox is the director of the Survey Center on American Life, a project of the American Enterprise Institute, and an expert on polling and public opinion. He specializes in survey research, politics, youth culture and identity, and religion. Interns working for him have the opportunity to work on a range of different public opinion projects and gain exposure to different types of survey analysis techniques and various polling methodologies.
The right candidate will have a basic understanding of survey research and data analysis and have some familiarity with SPSS, Stata, or another statistics program. The intern will assist in research for surveys and articles, clean and back code data, and provide support for ongoing research and survey projects. Topics of research change every semester, with a focus on religion, politics, and youth culture over time. The intern will become an integral part of the survey research team by helping identify new research questions in religion and politics and assisting in the development of research strategies and analysis of survey results.
The ideal candidate will have an educational background in political science, statistics, or a related field; strong research abilities; some data experience; curiosity; and a self-directed work ethic. Experience with Stata or SPSS is preferred but not required.
AEI’s summer 2021 internship program will be conducted remotely– interns will need access to a personal computer and a stable internet connection. There will be two start dates for the summer program: June 1 and June 7. The program will run for a minimum of 10 weeks, although most interns’ end dates fall around late August.
Intern Scholarship Program
In the summer of 2021, AEI will offer up to six intern candidates a $1,000 monthly living stipend as part of a need-based scholarship program. Our hope is to allow students who would not be able to do so without financial assistance to reap the academic, professional, and personal benefits of interning at AEI. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until May 7. To apply for the scholarship, please click here.
About AEI Internships
AEI internships offer a unique opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates to gain experience in research, writing, business, and communications at one of the nation’s leading think tanks. Competitive candidates for these internships will generally possess a 3.4 GPA from a top ranking college or university.
AEI internships last a minimum of 10 weeks and interns are required to work 20-40 hours per week. AEI internships are unpaid; however, applicants may apply for the intern scholarship opportunity.