Past Opportunities

SSRMC Student Positions

Want to join the SSRMC team? The SSRMC is seeking a Science Writer and Omnibus Director.  Follow these links to apply via Tribe Careers.

Science Writer   

The SSRMC Science Writer generates and disseminates information about the SSRMC to the broader public. They work closely with the SSRMC Co-Directors, the SSRMC Director of Operations, faculty and student members of the SSRMC, and other members of the University community to solicit story ideas and write content. The science writer will write both short and long-form content, and create podcasts.  

The Science Writer position will begin as soon as the position is filled and continue through the 2021-2022 academic year.  

Deadline: Apply via Tribe Careers by March 8, 2021.   

Omnibus Director   

The Omnibus Director works with researchers to implement lab and survey-based political science and international relations research. This includes working with researchers to develop effective survey designs, programming the survey instrument in the W&M Qualtrics surveying platform, managing in-person lab scheduling and operations, and managing back-end processes.  

The Omnibus Director position will begin in August 2021 and continue through the 2021-2022 academic year.  

Deadline: Apply via Tribe Careers by March 15, 2021.

Job Opportunity: Junior Research Analyst, American Strategies

American Strategies is seeking a strong candidate to fill its Junior Research Analyst position. The position is full-time with benefits. The American Strategies office is based in DC, and the position will be at the DC office (once it reopens) or permanently online.  

The position’s primary responsibilities include:  

  • Proofing questionnaires, toplines, crosstabs, and reports 
  • Preparing PowerPoint presentations  

An ideal candidate should: 

  • Have strong attention to detail 
  • Willingness to learn 
  • Experience working with data 
  • Graduate at the end of the Spring 2021 term

Questions? Please see the full job description (attached), as the position is not posted on the American Strategies webpage.

MIT Research Support Associates

MIT seeks two, full-time research associates in its Political Science department: 1) One position will start immediately, and 2) the other position will start in Summer 2021. According to the job listing, the positions include, “assisting with data management and research by collecting and cleaning data, performing data analysis, creating graphs and figures, visualizing data, drafting results and preparing tables for papers that are in the process of publication; assisting with the fielding of surveys; and performing general administrative duties including file organization, participating in meetings, and other miscellaneous tasks.” 

Applicants must have a minimum of a high school diploma, as well as experience in social science research, and data collection and analysis. For complete details, view the job descriptions for each position:  

Immediate Start:  

Summer 2021 Start:  

Repperger Research Intern Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory Research Participation Program is seeking Summer 2021 interns for its Repperger Research Intern Program. Interns will be assigned a scientist mentor, with whom they will partner on research projects.  

Students must be enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree program. The program lasts from June 7 to August 13, 2021 (10 weeks). Interns are expected to work 40 hours/week and will receive a $12,000 stipend. Interns will be placed at one of three research locations: 

  1. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; Dayton, OH 
  2. Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston; San Antonio, TX 
  3. Carnegie Mellon University; Pittsburgh, PA 

Deadline: February 15, 2021. Application requirements and other details are outlined here

Questions? Email

Charles Center Summer 2021 Research Grants

According to the Charles Center webpage, “The Charles Center offers a number of grants to fund summer undergraduate research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Unless otherwise noted, these awards are $3,000 to support seven full-time weeks of research. Rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors are eligible to apply.”  

The website provides specific information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and how safety protocol may impact the research program.  

Deadline: February 14, 2021. There are specific application instructions. Review the application webpage for more information.  

Questions? Review the Summer Research Grant FAQ webpage

RSVP for Virtual Road to Richmond

The President’s Office and W&M Government Relations Office are proud to sponsor the 25th Annual Road to Richmond in a virtual format this year. There will be remarks and Q&As from members and staff of the Virginia General Assembly, representatives of the Governor’s Office, and a young W&M alumni panel. It is a great opportunity for students to meet W&M alumni working in state government. The Zoom event will be on February 10 from 9:00am-12:00pm.  


Independent Study with Global Research Institute Affiliate Dr. Shahrokh Fardoust

Dr. Shahrokh Fardoust is offering a spring 2021, 3-credit independent study opportunity to W&M students who are in their junior or senior year, or who are in the first year of a master’s degree. The eligible students should be in good standing, have had a couple of economics courses (macro, micro and development economics), as well as statistics/ econometrics. Students should be interested in doing an independent study with Dr. Fardoust on one of the following topics: 

  1. Digitalization and its implications for growth, employment and inequality in developing countries, or      
  2. Economic impacts of trade and financial sanctions on developing countries. 

Interested? Send your CV and transcript to Rebecca Latourell ( She will share eligible applicants with Dr. Fardoust. Then, he will conduct interviews with the top candidates. Selected students will complete their registration before February 5. 

2021 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program

Applications are now open for the 2021 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program (RBSI). RBSI is an annual, intensive five-week program held each summer at Duke University. The program is designed to introduce the world of doctoral study in political science to undergraduate students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. The program is also open to students who are interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting underrepresented groups or issues of tribal sovereignty and governance.

Program dates will be confirmed prior to the application deadline. Additional information about the program and eligibility criteria is available on the RBSI webpage.

Deadline: Applications are due January 15, 2021. To apply, visit the RBSI webpage.

Questions? Email

MIT Summer Research Program

According to the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) web page, the MSRP “seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT.

MSRP seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus, conducting research under the guidance of MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.

Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical areas of research and innovation.”

The program is open to:

  • Sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors
  • Students with at least 3.5 GPA who are enrolled full-time and have 2 academic years of coursework
  • Interested in graduate work at MIT
  • Meet at least one of the eligibility criteria listed on the eligibility criteria web page. Visit this page for more information.

Deadline: January 10, 2021. Apply via the MSRP web page.

William and Mary DC Spring Semester Program

Applications are open for the Spring 2021 DC Semester Program. The DC Semester Program is an academic opportunity with an internship component managed by the W&M Washington Center. The program is open to students in all majors and disciplines, and financial assistance is available. DC Semester Program scholars receive 6-8 credits for their coursework and an additional 6 credits for the academic work they complete in association with their internship.

The academic course for the semester will focus on “Washington, DC: Past, Present, and Future,” and will be taught by a team of faculty from several academic disciplines leading four, multi-week modules. The course will expose students to a wide variety of issues and challenges in the Nation’s capital, as well as different approaches to addressing those challenges.

The program will run in-person and will adapt to a remote format, if necessary.

Deadline: The second round of applications has opened, and concludes on January 4th, 2021.
More information about the application process is available here.

Questions? Contact Rhys Tucker; Program Manager, DC Semester Program (

2021 William & Mary Conservation Research Program

The Charles Center and the Institute for Integrative Conservation are offering an integrative conservation research program for W&M undergraduate students in 2021. Students engaged in this program will work alongside conservation partners and faculty mentors to complete applied, interdisciplinary research projects needed to advance real-world conservation action and policy.

Students in this program will enroll in an independent research course in the spring of 2021, will receive a $4000 summer stipend and an option to apply for free W&M summer housing, and will enroll in an independent research course in the fall of 2021.

The program is open to all W&M undergraduate students whose expected graduation date is on or after December 2021. You do not need to have previous conservation experience or have a specific major to apply for this program. All majors are encouraged to apply.

Visit the program webpage for more information.

Deadline: December 4, 2020. To apply, complete the online application.

Brookings Institution: Paralegal Position

The Brookings Institution is a Washington, DC-based public policy organization. The organization is seeking a paralegal to join a small General Counsel’s Office of three attorneys and a team assistant. The environment is fast paced and challenging. It is a great opportunity for someone who wants to learn different parts of the law, develop practical legal skills, attend events about relevant public policy issues, and talk with former and current government officials.

Deadline: There is no posted deadline for the position. For more information and to apply, visit the job positing.

Questions? Shannon Caietti,

AlphaVu: Full-Time Data Analyst Position

AlphaVu is a Washington, D.C. based analytics and outreach company that specializes in social listening, data mining, and machine learning for clients in the public transportation and infrastructure, public health, industry association, legislative, and policy industry arenas.

AlphaVu is currently seeking a data analyst to produce client reports, manage digital outreach campaigns, and contribute to AlphaVu’s technological and analytic development. AlphaVu is also beginning to assist state governments in online contact tracing efforts.

Required qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, economics, statistics, public policy, or a related field.
  • Up to 3 years of relevant work and/or research experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of social media advertising placement and search advertising.
  • Demonstrated understanding of social media performance analytics.
  • Expertise in the use of Excel.
  • Proficiency in R.
  • Ability to work both independently and in teams as required.
  • Passion for pitching in and working across boundaries and narrowly defined rolls in a small and growing company.
  • Very self-motivated, highly organized, pays attention to detail, and able to quickly master new skills and techniques.
  • Proficiency with Tableau and Tableau Server.

The application is available via LinkedIn. Additionally, applicants can send their cover letter and resume to


William and Mary’s geoLab is recruiting undergraduate students who are interested in solving global issues through data science and graphic information system mapping. The geoLab’s list of project partners includes the Global Environmental Facility, UN, US government agencies, and various other public and private organizations. Students who are accepted are placed on different teams in the lab: geoData, geoParsing, geoBoundaries, and geoDev. The positions entail the following expectations and opportunities:

  • 4 hours of work per week
  • Attend a training session
  • 1 credit hour of research per semester
  • Opportunity for independent research
  • Collaboration on high-impact projects
  • Citations on major publications
  • Opportunity for paid geoFellowships

Additional details are outlined online.

Deadline: Applications are due November 29. To apply, complete the application form on the geoLab website.

Global Research Institute: E-Internship Applications

The Global Research Institute’s e-internship program seeks interns for the 2020-2021 academic year. The e-internship program electronically links students in Williamsburg with national security and foreign affairs related organizations in and outside the United States. E-interns telecommute to their internships approximately 10 hours a week and receive professional mentoring. These positions are unpaid. Most positions do not require you to be a U.S. citizen.

To apply, students are recommended to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior. The program is open to all majors, undergraduates, and graduate students.

Deadline: Apply on Tribe Careers by Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 11:59pm

Global Research Institute: Research Assistants

Dr. Tanu Kumar, a postdoctoral fellow at William & Mary’s Global Research Institute, is seeking Research Assistants for her new Global Cities and Digital Democracy initiative. Three research assistants will use machine learning and text analysis to learn about government responsiveness in Mumbai, India. Students will gain first-hand experience on how to use a classification algorithm on a raw dataset of non-English text in order to understand local politics.

Dr. Kumar is looking for students with either technical experience (at least one course in data science, or other experience with machine learning and text analysis), or substantive experience/knowledge about India. Knowledge of Marathi or the R programming language is preferred. Students should be able to commit at least 10 hours/week and will be paid $9/hour.

Deadline: A deadline has not been specified. To apply, email Dr. Kumar ( Include your resume, and a brief paragraph describing your interest in and fit for the position. Use “GCDD: [Your Name]” in the subject line.

Questions? Email Dr. Kumar,

University of Michigan Emerging Scholars Conference (Virtual): Call for Applications

In November, the political science department at the University of Michigan will host its annual Emerging Scholars Conference. This event is designed to broaden the diversity of perspectives in political science by encouraging talented students from underrepresented backgrounds who are engaged in original research projects to apply to PhD programs at Michigan and elsewhere. Participants are under no obligation to apply for graduate study to the University of Michigan.

The Emerging Scholars Conference enables undergraduate students to discuss their research (whether completed or in progress) and engage in scholarship at a higher level.

Please note the following application requirements:

1. Completion of the brief online application form, including a statement on how the applicant would bring novel or underrepresented perspectives to political science;
2. A transcript (unofficial is fine);
3. Title and abstract of the research paper the student plans to discuss;
4. A brief writing sample; and
5. A letter of endorsement from the student’s faculty sponsor that speaks to both the student’s promise for doctoral study and how the student will strengthen the diversity of the field (the advisor’s letter may be submitted separately via email to
The online application allows students to upload application materials.
Virtual Conference Dates: November 19–20, 2020
Deadline: Applications are due Monday, September 28 at 12:00 pm.
Questions? Contact Megan Gosling, graduate program coordinator, or 734-764-9598.

DisinfoLab: Internship (Paid, Remote)

DisinfoLab is a student-run, disinformation think tank at William & Mary’s Global Research Institute. DisinfoLab seeks to inform American citizens about the threat of foreign disinformation campaigns on social media platforms and to improve media literacy rates across the country. DisinfoLab conducts extensive, open-source research to identify and track online disinformation. Then, it uses this research to develop media literacy strategies that mitigate the impact of disinformation on the American public.

DisinfoLab seeks highly motivated, detail-oriented, and entrepreneurial student analysts and social media managers for the 2020-2021 academic year. This internship is 10 hours/week, paid, and remote. It begins Monday, September 28, 2020.

Research experience in economics, psychology, public health, comparative politics, and election analysis strongly preferred. Responsibilities include:

  • Identifying and tracking disinformation trends on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Mapping social media trends on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Culling, aggregating, and summarizing news articles, journal articles, podcasts, social media posts, and other media
  • Incorporating research findings into original disinformation analysis, including journal articles and op-eds

Deadline: To apply, send a resume, cover letter (including a list of relevant undergraduate courses), and 3-5 page writing sample to by Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Questions? Email Mary Pelson,

Cornerstone Research: Analyst and Summer Analyst Positions

Cornerstone Research is an economic and financial consulting firm. It specializes in the analysis of complex financial, economic, accounting, and marketing issues in the context of commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings.

Cornerstone is hiring for its Analyst (graduating seniors) and Summer Analyst (current juniors) positions.


  1. The Analyst application is due Sunday, September 20, 2020. Apply here.
  2. The Summer Analyst application is due Sunday, September 27, 2020. Apply here.

Questions? Contact Daniel Tay (

LINKS Center Summer Workshop on Social Network Analysis, June 4-8, 2018

The LINKS Center for social network analysis at the University of Kentucky is offering its annual 1-week summer workshop on social network analysis again this June 4-8, 2018 on the University of Kentucky campus. Registration is now open and will be closing on May 15th. To sign up, visit  Students pay less than half-price.

The workshop features LINKS Center resident faculty Steve Borgatti, Dan Brass, Joe Ferrare, Eric Gladstone, Dan Halgin, Joe Labianca, Ajay Mehra, Andy Pilny and Scott Soltis, as well as guest instructors Filip Agneessens, Ron Burt, Alan Daly, Rich DeJordy, Jeff Johnson, David Krackhardt, Brea Perry, Scott Poole and Tom Valente. In addition, all of the sessions are assisted by a cadre of students and recent graduates in order to ensure that participants are able to obtain personalized attention. We encourage participants to bring their own data and work with our 30+ instructors and TAs to analyze the data.

The workshop features five major, concurrent tracks for the first four days, followed by four choices of area-specific sessions (communication, education, health, organizations) on the final day. At the end of each day, we also offer multiple 1.5 hour short modules on specialized topics, as well as a data lab for analyzing your own data. Finally, we offer a number of 45-minute 1-on-1 consultations with LINKS Center faculty to discuss your research. For more information, please visit the workshop website at

New summer offerings: INTR 204: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Summer session I (M-H), 12-20 – 2:10 with Dr. Dorothy Ibes
Summer session II, (M-T), 12-20 – 2:10 with Dr. Matt Gerike
This course will provide an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emphasis will be on the hands-on application of GIS to create maps, organize and visualize spatial data, and query spatial data to answer environmental and social questions. Students will examine spatial data with an emphasis on data structures, acquisition, processing, management, and analysis. A spatial database will be queried to solve spatial problems, analyze related attributes, and produce computerized cartographic output. The coursework includes readings and hands-on computer lab exercises and a final project. Registration now open!

Opportunity for Underrepresented Students at University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is now accepting applications for our Discover UChicago program, an expenses-paid visit weekend to be held October 18th-20th, 2018 for candidates traditionally underrepresented in their fields. This program is intended for individuals planning to apply to graduate school in the fall of 2018 with the intention of matriculating in the fall of 2019. This exciting event combines workshops on applying to graduate school, individual meetings with faculty, and opportunities to connect with current UChicago students, as well as to explore our community and the city of Chicago.

Students interested in doctoral programs, as well as master’s programs in the majority of our schools and divisions, are encouraged to apply online by August 15, 2018. In particular, students from underrepresented backgrounds, first generation students, women in STEM fields, and undocumented students are invited to apply. A full list of participating programs, as well as application requirements and additional guidance, may be found at

We hope you will share the attached material with your students and colleagues and encourage them to Discover UChicago. Any questions may be directed to our office at

Duke Datafest

WMASA’s goal is to promote the field of Statistics and Data Science, and form a network of students from all majors interested in Statistics/Analytics/Data Science. Most importantly, we hope to introduce people to the many interdisciplinary career paths one can pursue in Statistics and Data Science. We host faculty panels, provide an internship list and prepare student seminars (such as seminars on data science/statistics study abroad opportunities and the graduate school application process). This semester we are hoping to get a team to go to Duke Datafest. 

If you are interested in going to Duke Datafest it is Friday, April 6 at 6pm – Sunday, April 8 at 5pm at Duke! Here is the link for more details: Even if you do not have much data analysis background, this could be a cool opportunity and experience! Please fill out this form if you are interested so we can think about how to divide up teams! 

Please fill out this form by Thursday March 29th, if you are interested in coming with us to Duke Datafest

ITPIR is Looking for Summer Interns

Looking for an internship or research assistantship? Apply to work with ITPIR! Interns and research assistants will develop valuable skills and connections while supporting ITPIR’s mission to apply scholarly research to real world problems.

Summer interns and research assistants are also eligible for free summer housing on campus and the option to participate in workshops, field trips, and the chance to compete for up to $20,000 in funding for international, policy-relevant project ideas.

We’ve put together a list of all ITPIR intern and research assistant positions here. Deadline to apply for a few of the positions is quickly approaching (first deadline is tomorrow, March 16)!

Questions about ITPIR student opportunities? Contact David Trichler at

GIS and Redistricting Fall 2018

The Government Department is offering the GIS and Redistricting course again Fall 2018, and is looking for students who would be interested in taking the course. The class is a one credit course taught with the Law School and meets on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 from Sept 26 – Oct 31.  The class is made up of 12 law students and 4 undergrads. 1-2 of the undergrad seats have already been filled, so they only have 2-3 open seats for any students who may be interested. Any interested student should have already taken an Intro to GIS course prior to this as they will be the GIS lead for their redistricting team.  A course description is listed below. If you are interested please email Professor Robert Rose for further information.

CRN:16775 — Leg Redistrict w/Geo Info Sys — With the 2020 Census on the near horizon, significant attention will be placed on redistricting in the coming years. Inherent in any redistricting plan is a recognition of the spatial configuration of voting districts and the processes driving proposed voting district maps. Federal and state constitutions and statues impose legal requirements for voting districts that in practice are often manipulated to favor drawing lines that protect partisan/incumbent interests. This one credit course will combine an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with a focus on the legal analysis of redistricting plans. Students will learn basic GIS skills and tools designed to develop compliant maps. This will include working with district boundary maps, census information and other socioeconomic layers in an integrated GIS platform to understand and quantify the impacts realized when voting districts are redrawn. The course will focus on the 2017 Supreme Court case Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections decision as a frame to better understand the laws governing redistricting efforts. After learning the legal parameters of the redistricting process, students will work in teams to develop and present a redistricting plan for the 12 state legislative districts identified as problematic in Bethune-Hill. In the process of coming up with ways to improve compliance with state and federal statutory and constitutional mandates, this course will uniquely prepare students to play a substantive part in the 2020 round.

INTR 204/ENSP249 Intro to GIS Pre-registration Survey for Fall 2018

The Center for Geospatial Analysis (CGA) will be offering five sections of INTR204/ENSP249 – Introduction to GIS course during the Fall 2018 semester.  This course will provide an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with an emphasis on the hands-on application of GIS to create maps, organize and visualize spatial data, and query spatial data to create answers for environmental and social questions. Students will examine spatial data with an emphasis on data structures, acquisition, processing, management, and analysis. A spatial database will be queried to solve spatial problems, analyze related attributes, and produce computerized cartographic output.

Due to high demand for this course, the CGA has implemented a brief pre-registration application process necessary for each student to complete prior to registering for the course.  If you are interested in taking the course or know someone else who may be interested you need to fill out the survey prior to registering.  Pre-registration surveys must be completed by the end of the day on March 21st.  The survey can be found in the link at the bottom of the following page:

Center for Geospatial Analysis GIS Bootcamp 

The Center for Geospatial Analysis will be hosting an intensive short course in spatial analysis from March 5 to March 9 from 10 am to 5 pm. March 5, 6, and 7 will be instructional days. March 8 and 9 will be optional project days. The bootcamp will combine lecture and hands-on exercises designed to teach you the basics of a GIS, introduce popular programs designed to work with spatial data, and get you started on using spatial analysis in your own research. The instructional days will show you how to create, edit, and transform spatial data; conduct spatial analysis; create digital maps and other spatial products; and develop advanced GIS projects. During project days, you will have the option to work on your own research with guidance from CGA staff. This event is open to all W&M faculty, staff, and students. No experience in GIS is necessary. Register here, and send any questions to Robert Rose (

Summer Internship with Lake Research Partners, Deadline March 7th, 2018.

Lake Research Partners is a national public opinion and political strategy research firm. Its researchers and strategists serve as tacticians and senior advisers to dozens of incumbents and challengers at all levels of the electoral process, as well as to a wide range of advocacy organizations, non-profit organizations, and foundations. The firm, headed by 4 partners, is broken into four teams of analysts, all focusing on different progressive subject areas and political candidates. Interns are assigned to the team that most closely aligns with their personal interests. Interns work on four main assignments: text and number proofing memos and reports, helping the field director run focus groups, conducting research, and administrative tasks. Applicants should be detail-oriented, proficient in Microsoft Office, strong writers, independent workers, and interested in public opinion research and progressive politics. To apply, email your resume to Sahil Mehrortra ( by March 7, 2018.

Stanford Graduate School of Business Research Fellows Webinar on February 23, 10am & Application Deadline on March 1st

Join the Stanford Graduate School of Business Research Fellows Program for a live webinar on February 23 at 10 a.m. PST (1 pm EST) to learn more about the program. The Research Fellows Program is a two year, pre-doctoral program that offers research and academic training for those interested in pursuing PhD Programs in business and related fields. Fellows have the opportunity to do research with GSB Faculty mentors, take doctoral level courses, and fully engage in the intellectual life at the GSB. They are also provided with a fellowship that includes a living stipend and tuition. The program is currently accepting applications for Summer 2018, with the March 1 application deadline rapidly approaching. Applicants must hold a four year bachelor’s degree, and be a U.S. citizen or U.S. registered permanent resident. During the webinar you will have an opportunity to ask admissions staff and current research fellows questions. Please see the GSB admission events calendar to learn more and to RSVP.