The Gueron Minority Scholars (GMSP) Undergraduate Internship

New York, ,
United States
Term: Summer

The Gueron Minority Scholars (GMSP) Program at MDRC offers paid undergraduate and master's-level internships and doctoral fellowships targeting those from traditionally underrepresented groups. The intent of this program is to expand the pipeline of researchers and other emerging leaders engaged in education and social policy research.

The GMSP Undergraduate Internship invites rising undergraduate seniors of diverse backgrounds to be part of multidisciplinary teams developing evaluation research on current social policy issues at our NYC office. The eight-week internship provides the opportunity to work with MDRC teams on a range of organizational and analytical tasks, as well as participate in regular meetings to network and learn more about the context of MDRC’s policy work. Interns will also have the chance to attend training and talks to develop specific skills and knowledge areas.

The eight-week paid internship provides the opportunity to work with MDRC teams on a range of organizational, administrative, and analytical tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Assisting with program development and operations activities for MDRC research studies
  • Supporting qualitative research design and, if possible, assisting with field research at local NYC research sites
  • Processing qualitative data
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Participating in various stages of producing reports, proposals, and other written deliverables
  • Assisting with innovative ways to communicate our findings to practitioners and policymakers
  • Providing general project and management support for project teams, such as taking and synthesizing meeting notes

In addition to these project responsibilities, candidates will participate in regular networking meetings with various MDRC staff to learn more about topic areas of interest and to understand the context of MDRC’s research and policy work. Interns will also have the chance to attend trainings and forums to develop specific skills and knowledge areas.


  • Undergraduate student who will be in senior in the 2019-2020 academic year, with a major in public policy, sociology, communications, psychology, or another related field
  • Demonstrated interest in education and social policy issues
  • Basic understanding of research methods
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Comfort working in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment
  • Comfort with and interest in learning to use new software and technology
  • Very strong writing and communication skills

Fact Sheet

Social Sciences
Fellowship Type:
Summer Opportunity
New York, ,
United States
North America

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 1, 2019
Admissions Decision Date: 
Program Dates: