Temporary Research Assistant Intern
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Education and Training

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Inclusive Economy Lab

About the Department

Our Focus Founded in 2015, The University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab (formerly the Poverty Lab) conducts rigorous research that expands economic opportunity for those harmed by discrimination, disinvestment, and segregation. We partner with policymakers, community based organizations and others to identify their most urgent and pressing challenges, co generate evidence about what works, and translate findings into policy changes that end intergenerational poverty. One of five Urban Labs based at the Harris School of Public Policy, the Inclusive Economy Lab is led by Pritzker Director Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business. The Inclusive Economy Lab studies programs and policies that aim to expand economic opportunity in order to understand how well they work. By identifying barriers to social mobility and racial equity and highlighting the programs and policies that have the most positive impact, our work creates greater economic opportunity in cities. We specialize in evaluating programs with the potential to improve lives in four main areas: • College and Career Success • Housing Stability • Financial Security • Quality Jobs Our Values Conduct science in service of cities: We feel a sense of urgency to do research that improves people's lives. We select projects that lead to solutions for policy, practice, and increased investments on the ground. Our research is rigorous and informed by the historic and current contexts that shape urban residents' lives. Foster lasting relationships: We collaborate with policymakers, practitioners, and people with lived experience to understand multiple perspectives and figure out what works. Elevate equity & inclusion: We aim to hire people with a range of personal and professional backgrounds, skillsets, and identities. We expand access to evaluation for a broad range of organizations and we conduct work that affirms the dignity of all people. Check our privilege: We recognize the power and privilege we have as members of the University of Chicago. We practice humility and recognize that expertise comes in many forms and there are limits to our own. Embrace a growth mindset: We invest in our people and develop our skills and content knowledge together. We work respectfully as a team to achieve our shared goals.
Job Information

Job Summary:

The temporary Research Assistant summer internship is a great opportunity to gain a deeperunderstanding of policy research and to develop research skills. This position will be full-time forapproximately 37.5 hours per week.


  • Project Development.
  • Data entry, reviewing and cleaning.
  • Literature reviews.
  • Writing, formatting, and editing reports and works for dissemination.
  • Administrative tasks.
  • Ability to engage thoughtfully with issues related to race, identity, and equity and work across difference required.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to synthesize multiple sources.
  • Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem-solving and learning.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Sound critical thinking skills.
  • Strong attention to detail with superb organization skills.
  • Superb analytic skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience working with communities that have experienced segregation and disinvestment.
  • First generation college students and those with lived experience in communities experiencing poverty and disinvestment are encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge of the substantive policy area.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • High School diploma or GED required.
  • Significant progress towards a degree in a social science discipline preferred.

  • Experience with data visualization preferred.
  • Some experience with Linux preferred.
  • Experience with data cleaning / manipulation preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Experience with at least one statistical package required.
  • STATA or R strongly preferred, Python a plus.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Benefit Eligibility


COVID-19 Vaccination or Approved Medical or Religious Exemption Required

Pay Frequency

Pay Range

Depends on Qualifications
Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt

Drug Test Required

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

Health Screen Required

Posting Date

Remove from Posting On or Before

Posting Statement:

Effective October 15, 2021, the University of Chicago requires COVID vaccination for all students, faculty, and staff members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons.

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We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

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