MOA Internship


Summer 2019 Research Internship

Measure of America is seeking up to two interns for summer 2019 to assist in researching, writing, and producing papers, reports, and online tools. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to participate in the development of future MOA reports and other products, be an integral member of a small, dynamic team, and gain practical experience in translating data and research into accessible documents for non-academic audiences—while honing his or her research and writing skills in the process. The minimum time commitment is three months part-time (in the range of 20-25 hours per week) or two months full-time (35-40 hours per week). To learn what projects interns have been involved in check out this article!


The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization founded in 1923. Based in Brooklyn, NY, SSRC nurtures new generations of social scientists, fosters innovative research, and mobilizes necessary knowledge on important public issues. SSRC pursues its mission by working with practitioners, policymakers, and academic researchers in the social sciences, related professions, and the humanities and natural sciences. With partners around the world, they build interdisciplinary and international networks, link research to practice and policy, strengthen individual and institutional capacities for learning, and enhance public access to information.

Measure of America is an initiative of SSRC. Through this initiative, they seek to provide easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools that measure what matters for human well-being, freedom, and opportunity. Through human development reports, thematic briefs, and interactive online maps and data visualization tools, SSRC works with partners to breathe life into numbers, using data to create compelling narratives that foster understanding of inequalities and build support for people-centered policies. Their work is grounded in a strong conceptual framework, Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach.

Much of the work centers on the American Human Development Index, a supplement to GDP and other money metrics that tells the story of how ordinary Americans are faring. The Index, made up of health, education, and income indicators, is modeled after the United Nations Human Development Index, the global gold standard for measuring progress. Measure of America published the first-ever human development report for an affluent country in 2008, and has since released additional reports that explore well-being by state, congressional district, county, metro area, and census tract as well as by gender, race and ethnicity, and nativity.

Duties for this internship, to be performed under the supervision of program staff, include a diverse range of tasks, the exact mix of which will be determined based on the intern’s skills and interests. The chief areas of work are:

  • conducting literature reviews on diverse topics in the social sciences and public policy;
  • writing short texts and possibly longer policy briefs that inform, and may be included in, published reports;
  • participating in statistical research and data collection;
  • contributing to the project’s online communications efforts.

Applicants must be advanced undergraduates in the social sciences, human rights, public policy, or international affairs and must have:

  • declared a Minor in Inequality Studies with the Center for the Study of Inequality;
  • a strong academic background and excellent writing skills;
  • some experience using data to make arguments;
  • some statistical training is helpful but not necessary;
  • experience with design software is a nice bonus, but not at all a requirement.

Please note that this internship is unpaid with a small ($1,500) per diem and stipend for travel. Cornell has many opportunities to gain additional funding through various student grant programs, including the Student Assembly Summer Experience Grant. Please feel free to contact the Center for the Study of Inequality for more information.

Application Information

Please send a letter of interest, a resume (please list GPA and relevant courses), and one writing sample (maximum 5 pages) as a single pdf to: Please include “MOA Intern Application 2019” in the subject field. Cornell’s Center for the Study of Inequality will screen applicants and direct finalists to SSRC for final selection.

Application Deadline

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Social Science Research Council Is An Equal Opportunity Employer.