Temporary Policy Research Assistant, Summer Internship (Poverty Lab)

Chicago, IL
Feb 21, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Illinois: Chicago

13763 Urban Poverty Lab

About the Unit
WHO WE ARE: By 2050, the global urban population will nearly double to 6.4 billion. This unprecedented growth in the global urban population creates incredible opportunities but also intensifies the most difficult problems cities face, such as concentrated poverty, crime, poor-quality schooling, and pollution. The University of Chicago founded Urban Labs to help address these challenges. Urban Labs is a set of highly synergistic labs focused on undertaking inquiry and having impact on five essential dimensions of urban life: crime, education, health, poverty, and energy & environment. Urban Labs partners with cities to identify and rigorously evaluate the policies and programs with the greatest potential to improve human lives at scale. Urban Labs' evidence-based approach gives policymakers and practitioners the knowledge they need to effectively achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent. In sum, UChicago Urban Labs: • \tIdentifies promising solutions to urban challenges • \tTests the most promising urban policies and programs • \tScales-up the most effective and cost-efficient policies and programs For more information about the UChicago Urban Labs, go to http://urbanlabs.uchicago.edu/

Job Information

Job Summary:
  • The Temporary Research Assistant internship is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of policy research and to develop research skills. Please note that our office is located in downtown Chicago at 33 N. LaSalle St.

  • Policy research and analysis
  • Literature reviews
  • Project development
  • Data entry, reviewing and cleaning
  • Statistical analysis
  • Writing, formatting, and editing reports and works for dissemination
  • Administrative tasks

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to synthesize multiple sources required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are required.
  • Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem-solving and learning are required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
  • Sound critical thinking skills required.
  • Strong attention to detail with superb organization skills required.
  • Superb analytic skills and attention to detail are required.
  • Knowledge of the substantive policy area strongly preferred.

Additional Requirements

  • Significant progress towards a degree in a social science discipline such as economics, public policy, etc., with coursework in basic research concepts and methods

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Basic data analysis skills, with the ability to use Excel, SAS, STATA, or SPSS strongly preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required.

Required Documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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