Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Apply by August 15 for Paid Fall Research Internship with the Public Religion Research Institute!

 Position Summary:

PRRI offers up to two research internships during the fall semester 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 internship is paid (up to $20/hour) and may qualify for course credit.


  • 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
  • Assist with brainstorming and writing blog posts for PRRI website on topics of interest


  • Currently in the process of earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree in political science, religious studies, psychology, journalism, communications, or related field
  • Demonstrated interest in religion, politics, and policy issues
  • Strong communication skills, detail-oriented
  • Ability to learn quickly, work independently and in a team, and manage time well
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • 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
  • Be able to analyze survey data and apply statistical concepts to survey data
  • Gain a better understanding of the research process – including designing and conducting survey research in the real world
  • Gain access to network connections and career mentoring
  • Get the opportunity to publish your own spotlight (blog) analyses on PRRI’s website

Internship Dates: 

This is an internship for the fall semester of 2022. Based on mutual agreement, the intern should be able to work 10-25 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Please indicate how many hours you want to work per week in your cover letter. Specific work hours will be determined between the intern and their supervisor at the time of on-boarding.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PRRI will determine the fall operating status of its office at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C., in August 2022. Arrangements for office and/or virtual work will be determined at the time of on-boarding.

To Apply:

We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups and first-generation college students. Those interested should submit the following in Word or PDF to Diana Orces at dorces@prri.org:

  • Resum√© 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 yourself that demonstrates an aptitude to synthesize a summary report on a particular topic (a paper you have written for a class is welcome)
  • One letter of reference from a professor at your institution (maximum 1 page)

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

About PRRI:

PRRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research at the intersection of religion, values, and public life. Its mission is to help journalists, opinion leaders, scholars, clergy, and the general public better understand debates on public policy issues and the role of religion and values in American public life by conducting high quality public opinion surveys and qualitative research.

Learn more about PRRI here.