Data and Research Intern, MOA

Social Science Research Council
  • Location
    Brooklyn, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Aug 08

Position description

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization founded in 1923. Based in Brooklyn, New York, it mobilizes researchers, policymakers, professionals, activists, and other experts from the private and public sectors to develop innovative approaches to issues of critical social importance.

Measure of America (MOA) is a nonpartisan program whose mission is to stimulate fact-based public debate about and political attention to issues of well-being and access to opportunity in the United States. The hallmark of this work is the American Human Development Index, a composite measure that reflects what most people believe are the basic ingredients of a fulfilling life of choice and dignity: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living. Recent MOA projects include DATA2GO.NYC and a series of reports on disconnected youth that anchor the national dialogue on the issue. Measure of America breathes life into numbers, working with partners to create reports, online apps, and advocacy campaigns that tell the story of well-being and opportunity in America’s communities.

Measure of America (MOA) is seeking an intern for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters to assist in data research, data preparation for analysis, data cleaning, reports, and online tools. Preference will be given to current graduate students, though exemplary undergraduates will also be considered. 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 data extraction, cleaning, and translating data-based research into accessible documents for nonacademic audiences. The minimum time commitment is in the range of 10–15 hours per week (flexible around class schedule and other work commitments). A stipend will be provided.


The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences through a wide variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, research, and publications. For more information, please visit our website:

Measure of America is an initiative of the SSRC. We 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, we work 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. Our work is grounded in the strong conceptual framework of Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach.

Much of our 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.


Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students in the social sciences, human rights, public policy, or international affairs (recent graduates will also be considered) and must have:

  • familiarity with a statistical software package and excellent Excel skills;
  • a demonstrated interest in domestic social policy issues;
  • a strong academic background and good writing skills;
  • some experience using data to make arguments desirable;
  • experience with mapping software a nice bonus but not at all a requirement.

Please note that this internship has a small stipend for travel. When possible, school credit will be given.


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:

  • participating in statistical research and data collection;
  • carrying out data calculations;
  • helping to contribute to the program’s online communications efforts;
  • conducting literature reviews on diverse topics in the social sciences and public policy.

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