Summer Research Associates Program

The CMC Policy Lab Summer Research Associates program began in 2020.  In an 8 week session, undergraduate students join with think tank partners to investigate a policy topic.  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. 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 not participated in the previous summer associates program. Candidates should highlight policy writing experience; courses taken in statistics, political methodology, or econometrics; or a proficiency with R, Stata, Tableau, or Python. 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.


Applicants for the 2024 Summer Program will open in the Spring of 2024.  If you have questions please contact the Policy Lab Administrative Assistant, Tami DeSalvio.  For more information on the CMC Policy Lab, please visit our website.