Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Paid Public Opinion Research Internship with Voice of the People/Program for Public Consultation

The Program for Public Consultation (PPC) at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland was established to develop the methods and theory of public consultation and to conduct public consultations. In particular it will work with government agencies to help them consult their citizens on key public policy issues that the government faces.

PPC has paid internship positions available starting in late May. We are looking to hire 2 interns to work at our downtown Washington, DC office (located near the Dupont Circle metro) either on a full-time or part-time basis.  An individual may have the opportunity to continue working beyond the summer term as well.

Interns assist with office, communication, and research duties, depending on the needs of the organization and his or her interests.  In addition to research, duties include assisting in event planning; updating and maintaining Voice Of the People (VOP) and our affiliate organization databases; gathering information and data from the Internet, government, and non-governmental libraries; preparing reports, graphs and presentations using Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint; helping with media monitoring and social media outreach; and answering phones. 

The ideal candidate would be a current undergraduate with an interest in public opinion research, public policy, government, political psychology, and/or sociology.  We are seeking individuals with experience using the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and conducting Internet and LexisNexis-based research. 

Interns will also assist with a related campaign, Voice of the People ( that focuses more on domestic political issues.

To apply, e-mail cover letter including your time availability (days and hours available) and resume to to the attention of Allison Stettler.  For more information, consult the VOP website,, and the PPC website,

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so applying soon is recommended.