PRRI Research Internship – Spring 2024

Position: Research Intern
Status and Location:
Part-time, Washington, D.C. (hybrid)
Reports to: Interim Director of Research
FLSA Salary Classification: Non-exempt
Wage: $20/hour

Position Summary:

Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) seeks outstanding students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university for its spring 2024 undergraduate or graduate research internship opportunities working a hybrid schedule from PRRI’s office in Washington, D.C. 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 for a maximum of 20 hours per week 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 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 within PRRI’s major research areas (e.g., religious, racial, and ethnic pluralism; racial justice and white supremacy; immigration and migration studies; LGBTQ rights).


  • 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
  • Proficiency in Stata or related statistical package is 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, and
  • Gain access to network connections and career mentoring.


Internship Dates: 

This is an internship for the spring 2024 semester. Based on mutual agreement, the intern should be able to work up to 20 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks (tentative start date January 22, 2024). Please indicate how many hours you want to work per week in your cover letter. Specific work hours and days in the office 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, Ph.D., at

  • Resume with name, contact information, and relevant coursework or experience (maximum one page),
  • Cover letter that addresses why you are interested and discusses any relevant coursework or experience (maximum one page),
  • Sample of a short (less than five 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 one page).

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, November 10, 2023. If you will need course credit or specific arrangements with your institution, please note that in your cover letter. 

About PRRI:

Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), 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 does not discriminate against applicants or team members because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity of an otherwise qualified individual, or membership in any other class protected by District of Columbia law.  PRRI hires and promotes individuals based on their qualifications for the job to be filled.

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