The Survey Center on American Life is a project of the American Enterprise Institute. Our dedicated team conducts original survey research to examine how cultural, political, and technological changes affect the lives of everyday Americans.
Interested in joining the team? We’d love to meet you! Please see below for opportunities. Candidates may apply at aei.org/jobs.
Internships are available at the Survey Center on American Life for the Fall, Spring, and Summer to experienced undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates. Interested in applying? Please see below for opportunities. Candidates may apply at aei.org/internships.
Research Fellow Daniel A. Cox is the director of the Survey Center on American Life, a project of AEI, and an expert on polling and public opinion. He specializes in survey research, politics, youth culture and identity, and religion. Interns working for him have the opportunity to work on a range of different public opinion projects and gain exposure to different types of survey analysis techniques and various polling methodologies.
The right candidate will have a basic understanding of survey research and data analysis and have some familiarity with SPSS, Stata, or another statistics program. The intern will assist in research for surveys and articles, clean and back-code data, and provide support for ongoing research and survey projects. Topics of research change every semester, with a focus on religion, politics, and youth culture over time. The intern will become an integral part of the survey research team by helping identify new research questions in religion and politics and assisting in the development of research strategies and analysis of survey results.
The ideal candidate will have an educational background in political science, statistics, or a related field; strong research abilities; some data experience; curiosity; and a self-directed work ethic. Experience with Stata or SPSS is preferred but not required.
AEI’s spring 2021 internship program will be conducted fully remotely. There will be two start dates for the spring program: January 19 and January 25. The program will run for a minimum of 10 weeks, although most interns’ end dates fall around mid-May.