The RAND Graduate Student Summer Associate Program introduces outstanding students to the RAND Corporation, an institution that conducts research on a wide range of national security problems and domestic and international social policy issues.
The program receives several hundred applications each year; approximately 35-45 students are placed in each cohort. The selection process matches potential Summer Associates with mentors and projects based on their skills, interests, and expertise. Summer Associates work on currently funded projects that have the capacity to support a Summer Associate's work.
The program runs in the summer months only. Office placement decisions are based on the availability of in-person mentorship and other factors. Students are given the opportunity to conduct research that can be completed during the summer they are at RAND. The summer earnings for 2020 will be approximately $13,500 (before taxes) for the 12 weeks of full-time research. Additional information about our program is available on our webpage, https://www.rand.org/about/edu_op/fellowships/gsap.html.
Summer Associates experiences the following at RAND:
Typically work at RAND for a 12-week period during the summer;
Receive a bi-weekly paycheck during their assignment with RAND;
Conduct research that can be completed during their time at RAND and present the results of this research to the RAND community via a 15-30 minute briefing at the end of their three-month assignment;
Are closely mentored by one to two established RAND researchers;
May be located in Santa Monica, CA, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, PA, or Boston, MA depending on the match with mentors;
Are highly encouraged to network and interact with other researchers outside of their primary mentorship team and area of expertise;
Are invited to attend a number of seminars from researchers both within and outside of RAND.
The program is designed for full-time students who have completed at least two years of graduate work leading to a doctorate (e.g., PhD, EDD, DRPH, SciD, etc.) or professional degree (e.g., law or medical degree, professional engineer certificate). Students must be enrolled full-time in a graduate degree program during the spring and fall of 2020 to be considered for the program. Students graduating prior to September 2020 are encouraged to look at our full-time positions at www.rand.org/jobs.html.
A keen interest in working on applied, policy-oriented research questions is necessary. Applicants are strongly encouraged to explore RAND's website (www.rand.org) for details on RAND's ongoing research portfolio. Unfortunately, we do not know in advance which projects may require summer associates.
In connection with national security or defense projects, many positions require that applicants be eligible to receive, or currently hold, a security clearance from the United States government.
Additional qualifications required:
Excellent analytic skills;
Proven ability in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, both verbally and in writing;
Ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team;
Strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity;
Proof of legal right to work in the United States is required upon hire;
U.S. Citizenship is not necessary except when required for certain types of project work (e.g., the project contract requires it or the project work itself requires a security clearance)
Who is not eligible? The program is not open to (1) undergraduates; (2) students graduating prior to the summer of employment; (3) post-doctoral fellows; or (4) master's degree students.
RAND accepts applications only through ourwebsite. Applications mailed directly to RAND or emailed to our Summer Director will not be considered. All applications are due by December 4, 2019, 11:59pm Pacific Time. Applicants will be notified of RAND's interest in conducting an interview after the application period has ended.
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