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NORC Summer Internship

Apply now Job no: 495452 Work type: Temporary Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Academic Research Centers, AmeriSpeak, Business Ventures and Innovation, Center for Excellence in Survey Research, Economics, Justice & Society, Education and Child Development, Health Care, Health Sciences, Public Health, Research, Statistics & Methodology


Become an NORC summer intern and gain exposure and experience in survey research and data analysis. NORC's 2020 Summer Internship program is a full-time, paid position available to rising senior undergraduate students, recent graduates of undergraduate programs, and graduate students with interests in the social sciences, survey research, data analysis, and research methods.

Spend nine weeks surrounded by and collaborating with industry experts to create insights that inform public policy decisions on projects with a focus on public health, education, health care, or economics. In addition to your responsibilities to your specific project team, the intern cohort will also conduct a small-scale study over the course of the internship, culminating with a final presentation. Spend your summer exploring recent innovations in data collection techniques, survey platforms, and the integration of survey data with other types of data such as administrative records and social media.



  • Timing: The 2020 summer internship will begin Monday, June 15 and conclude on Friday, August 14.
  • Compensation: The hourly rate of pay for undergraduates is $20 and the hourly rate of pay for graduate students is $22.
  • Location: Interns will be based in our Loop office in downtown Chicago
  • Housing: Each intern is responsible for finding their own housing. NORC does not provide relocation or housing stipends, but can provide a list of resources to assist interns in search of summer lodging.
  • Deadline: Applications will be accepted through Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM CST for the 2020 Summer Internship program. The talent acquisition team will contact candidates who make it to the final round of selection in late-February, early-March, providing next steps. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications received, we regret that we are unable to contact everyone personally.

Opportunities for you in NORC's Summer Intern Program

  • Take advantage of NORC’s seminar series on emerging topics in survey research and industry best practices
  • Previous interns have worked on the National Immunization Survey, the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, and the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, among other projects
  • Work together with fellow interns on a group project, led by a senior NORC survey methodologist, focusing on new data collection platforms and data collection methods
  • Gain exposure to all facets of the survey process—from designing research questions to developing appropriate modes for data collection to formulating new analyses of results
  • Experience a summer of hands-on survey design, analysis, and operations
  • Apply and develop your technical skills, while honing collaboration and project management skills
  • Combine social science and statistical methods with the practical challenges of day-to-day project implementation
  • Learn the principles of survey research from its leading practitioners


Applicant Requirements

  • Rising senior undergraduate students, recent graduates of undergraduate programs, or graduate student
  • Preparation in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods
  • Skills in statistical or general-purpose programming (e.g., SAS, Python, R, Java) recommended
  • Strong interest in pursuing a career in social science research
  • Curiosity about how to build a study design from fundamental data collection procedures
  • Conscientiousness and ability to thrive in a team environment
  • Creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving abilities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Applications must include the following

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter: Address why serving as a NORC Summer Intern is important to the fulfillment of your career goals. During application step titled, “Document Uploads,” click the “Upload File” button that corresponds to attaching a cover letter.

For specific questions, please email us at Please note: the only way to apply is to click the Submit button on this page, and following the prompts to insert the information requested.



NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we’re known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.


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