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. This intern will have the opportunity to work on a range of different public opinion projects and gain exposure to different types of survey analysis techniques and polling methodologies.
The right candidate will have a basic understanding of survey research and data analysis and 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 broad focus on religion, politics, and youth culture. 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 fall 2021 internship cohort and related programming will take place in person at our office in Washington, DC. However, some positions may join our program remotely on a case-by-case basis. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are interested in participating in our cohort remotely.
There will be two start dates for the fall program: September 13 and September 20, 2021. The program will run for a minimum of 10 weeks, although most interns’ end dates fall around mid-December.
Intern Scholarship Program
In the fall of 2021, AEI will offer up to 12 intern candidates a $1,000 monthly living stipend as part of a need-based scholarship program. Our hope is to allow students to reap the academic, professional, and personal benefits of interning at AEI with the added support of financial assistance. Applicants may fill out a scholarship application at any time during the application, interview, or hiring process. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until August 18. 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 will generally possess a 3.4 GPA or higher 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.