Research and Communications Internship (Spring, Summer, Fall)

PRRI Internships (Spring, Summer, Fall)

Position Summary

PRRI offers up to three undergraduate/graduate internships during the fall, spring, and summer semesters to outstanding students who are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. Interns will assist with a variety of tasks related to research, communications,and strategic engagement. Interns will provide assistance in all aspects of the organization including the development of survey questionnaires, production of research reports, creating social media content, assisting with events and other duties as assigned. Interns may be assigned to one or more of the specific teams, but each intern will have the opportunity to learn about the organization as a whole and to assist in multiple areas. Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one if they feel their skills and interests are applicable to more than one area.


During the academic semester (fall and spring), interns are expected to work between 15-20 hours per week. Summer interns are generally expected to work a full 40-hour week during regular office hours, although there is flexibility. This internship is unpaid but may qualify for course credit. A transportation stipend will be provided as needed.

  • Getting to be part of a friendly and welcoming team
  • Gaining a better understanding of the research process – including designing and conducting survey research in the real world
  • Learning how to effectively interpret survey data and how to connect findings to current events
  • Gaining access to network connections and career mentoring
  • Getting the opportunity to publish your own spotlight analyses on PRRI’s website
Qualifications and characteristics
  • Current major or undergraduate degree in journalism, communications, political science, religious studies, sociology, or another related field
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications (i.e. Word, Excel)
  • Familiarity with social media tools (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite) and blogging experience using WordPress preferred, but not required
  • Demonstrated interest in religion, politics, and cultural issues
  • Detail oriented
  • Energetic and hard working
  • Creative and innovative
  • Team player
Communications and Strategic Engagement Intern responsibilities
  • Draft content for daily ‘The Morning Buzz”, weekly and monthly newsletters, as well as social media content
  • Provide editorial support for major research projects and website content
  • Track media coverage of PRRI as well as relevant current events and topics
  • Assist in tracking website and social media analytics through weekly reports
  • Assist in video editing of PRRI’s video series ‘Up to the Minute’
  • Assist in the production of ‘The Why Podcast’
  • Track use of PRRI data by stakeholder
  • Other tasks as assigned
Research Intern responsibilities
  • Conducting background research for research reports
  • Compiling lists previously asked questions on research topics
  • Number checking reports and materials for media outlets and funders
  • Assisting with brainstorming and writing of blog posts for PRRI website
  • Assisting with survey design and narrative crafting for survey reports
  • Other tasks as assigned


Instructions for applying

To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and three references to Director of Communications, J. Jioni Palmer. Please include which internship(s) you would like to be considered for in the subject line of your email. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis.

No phone calls, please.

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

There are no full or part-time positions open at this time. 


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