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NORC Summer Internship

Apply now Job no: 495895 Work type: Temporary Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Research


Become an NORC summer intern and gain exposure and experience in survey research and data analysis. NORC's 2021 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. We will be conducting the 2021 internship virtually.

Spend nine weeks 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. Explore 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. There will be additional informal opportunities to learn from and collaborate with NORC staff over the nine-week internship.


  • Timing: The 2021 summer internship will begin Monday, June 14 and conclude on Friday, August 13.
  • Hours: Interns should be able to commit to NORC’s 8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT business hours.
  • Compensation: The hourly rate of pay for undergraduates is $20 and the hourly rate of pay for graduate students is $22.
  • Location: The 2021 Internship will take place virtually. You will be sent a NORC laptop.
  • Deadline: Applications will be accepted through Friday, January 22 at 5:00 PM CT for the 2021 Summer Internship program. The talent acquisition team will contact candidates who make it to the final round of selection in 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
  • 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 learning around 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 leading practitioners

Applicant Requirements

  • Rising senior undergraduate students, recent graduates of undergraduate programs, or graduate students
  • 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:

  • Resume
  • 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.
  • Qualified applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. We regret that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.
  • 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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