Measure of America, Data and Research Intern Fall 2017


Measure of America is seeking an intern for the fall 2017 semester to assist in data research, data preparation for analysis, writing, and producing papers, reports, and online tools. Preference will be given to current graduate students, though exemplary undergraduates will also be considered. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to participate in the development of future MOA reports and other products, be an integral member of a small, dynamic team, and gain practical experience in data extraction, cleaning, and translating data-based research into accessible documents for nonacademic audiences. The minimum time commitment is three months part time (in the range of 15–20 hours per week) or two months full time.


The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences through a wide variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, research, and publications.

Measure of America is an initiative of the SSRC. We provide easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools that measure what matters for human well-being, freedom, and opportunity. Through human development reports, thematic briefs, and interactive online maps and data visualization tools, we work with partners to breathe life into numbers, using data to create compelling narratives that foster understanding of inequalities and build support for people-centered policies. Our work is grounded in a strong conceptual framework, Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach.

Much of our work centers on the American Human Development Index, a supplement to GDP and other money metrics that tells the story of how ordinary Americans are faring. The index, made up of health, education, and income indicators, is modeled after the United Nations Human Development Index, the global gold standard for measuring progress. Measure of America published the first-ever human development report for an affluent country in 2008, and has since released additional reports that explore well-being by state, congressional district, county, metro area, and census tract as well as by gender, race and ethnicity, and nativity.


Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students in the social sciences, human rights, public policy, or international affairs (recent graduates will also be considered) and must have:

  • familiarity with a statistical software package and excellent Excel skills;
  • a demonstrated interest in domestic social policy issues;
  • a strong academic background and good writing skills;
  • some experience using data to make arguments desirable;
  • experience with mapping software a nice bonus but not at all a requirement.

Please note that this internship is unpaid with a small stipend for travel. When possible, school credit will be given.


Duties for this internship, to be performed under the supervision of program staff, include a diverse range of tasks, the exact mix of which will be determined based on the intern’s skills and interests. The chief areas of work are:

  • participating in statistical research and data collection;
  • carrying out data calculations;
  • helping to contribute to the project’s online communications efforts;
  • conducting literature reviews on diverse topics in the social sciences and public policy.

Application Information

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to by September 25. Please include “MOA Data and Research Intern” in the subject field.

Please note that due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond individually to unsuccessful candidates.

The Social Science Research Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.