Summer Research Associates Program

The CMC Policy Lab is now accepting applications for the 2021 Summer Research Associates Program.  The program will hire up to seven students to work on an ongoing project with the American Enterprise Institute analyzing state election emergency laws and their impact on the 2020 election.  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 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.

Fellowship Requirements

The program will run for eight weeks from May 31 through July 23. Associates will be 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.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and transcript to Tami DeSalvio by 5p PDT on Friday, April 30th.  For more information on the CMC Policy Lab, please visit our homepage.