Research Interns – Summer 2023 in D.C.

Position: Summer Research Intern
Status and Location: Part-time, Washington, D.C.
Reports to: Assistant Director of Research
FLSA Salary Classification: Non-exempt

Position Summary:

PRRI offers research internship opportunities during the summer of 2023 to outstanding students who are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. Research interns will aid in all aspects of the research process, including the development of survey questionnaires, data analysis, and the production of research reports. This is a paid internship ($20/hour) and may qualify for course credit, depending on the candidate’s institution.


  • Participate in all research team projects and activities, including team meetings – you will be a full member of the team!
  • Conduct background research for research reports,
  • Assist with survey design and writing survey reports,
  • Learn Stata and how to conduct survey data analysis,
  • Produce survey deliverables, including toplines, banners, reports, and media requests,
  • Number check all deliverables, and
  • Assist with brainstorming and writing blog posts for PRRI website on topics of interest.


  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree in political science, religious studies, psychology, journalism, communications, or related field; for undergraduate applicants, students in their junior or senior year preferred,
  • Interest in religion, politics, and policy issues,
  • Strong communication skills and detail-oriented,
  • Ability to learn quickly, work both independently and with a team, and manage time well,
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and
  • Prior course work or experience working with data is a plus, but not required


  • Paid internship with a professional and friendly research team,
  • Learn to read, interpret, and write about survey data and the survey research process,
  • Acquire the skills to analyze and apply statistical concepts to survey data,
  • Attain a better understanding of the research process – including designing and conducting real-world survey research ,
  • Gain access to network connections and career mentoring, and
  • The opportunity to publish your own spotlight (blog) analyses on PRRI’s website.

Internship Dates: 

This is an internship for the summer of 2023. Based on mutual agreement, the intern should be able to work 20 or more hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks (tentative start date May 15). Please indicate how many hours you want to work per week in your cover letter. Specific work hours, as well as arrangement for office and/or virtual work, will be determined between the intern and their supervisor at the time of on-boarding.

Instructions for Applying:

Candidates should submit the following in Word or PDF format to Diana Orcés at

  • Resume with name, contact information, and relevant coursework or experience (maximum 1 page),
  • Cover letter that addresses why you are interested and discusses any relevant coursework or experience (maximum 1 page),
  • Sample of a short (less than 5 pages) paper written by you that demonstrates an aptitude to synthesize a summary report on a particular topic (a paper you have written for a class is welcome), and
  • One letter of reference from a professor at your institution (maximum 1 page).

The deadline to submit applications is April 15, 2022. If you will need course credit or specific arrangements with your institution, please note that in your cover letter.

About PRRI:

PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute), founded in 2009, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy. PRRI research explores and illuminates America’s changing cultural, religious, and political landscape. The organization’s mission is to help journalists, scholars, thought leaders, clergy, and the general public better understand debates on public policy issues, and the important cultural and religious dynamics shaping American society and politics.

PRRI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, other members of under-represented groups, and first-generation college students who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.

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