Summer Research Associate Fellowship

The CMC Policy Lab began hosting a Summer Research Associates program in 2020.  The program hires up to 10 students to work on a public policy project with a Washington-based public policy institute, supervised by a Policy Lab faculty member. Policy Lab works with a variety of partners such as the RAND Corporation, R Street Institute, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). Examples of current and past Policy Lab projects are available here.  Past student participants can be viewed here.


Summer Research Associates will work individually in and groups on qualitative and quantitative policy research, analysis, visualizations, and memo writing. Students will be expected to attend staff meetings, regularly coordinate with faculty supervisors between staff meetings, and interface with project partners via phone, email, and video conference. Due to the campus closure, all program work will be performed remotely and will not require travel.


Strong oral and written communication skills, and some previous experience with policy research, either in an academic or professional setting, is required. Preference will also be given to students who have policy writing experience; have taken courses in statistics, political methodology, or econometrics; or have some proficiency with R, STATA, Tableau, or Python. Accepted students will be assigned to a project based upon their skillset and experience, the project’s needs, and student preferences. While it is not required that Summer Research Associates have taken the Policy Lab course, students who have not will be required to participate in an orientation before the start of the program.

Fellowship Requirements

The program runs for eight weeks beginning June 1.  Associates are awarded a $2,400 fellowship in two installments, are expected to work 20 hours per week, and must be available for regular meetings and staff communications throughout the program.

When the application period opens, please send a cover letter, resume, and transcript to Tami DeSalvio. For more information on the CMC Policy Lab, please visit our homepage.