Program Overview

The Computational Social Science Internship Program at the University of Chicago was created as a means of developing long-term partnerships between the Masters in Computational Social Science program and participating organizations. At the heart of the internship program is the desire to provide graduate students with compelling experiences and career opportunities aligned with our research training while allowing our partners to create a pipeline of talent to fill future full-time positions.

As a leader in higher education with high standards for intellectual rigor, UChicago has a long tradition of training its graduate students for analytical careers in the public and private sectors. The Masters in Computational Social Science program builds a strong foundation in large data analysis, modeling, and computer programming. Our students are trained to apply strong qualitative and quantitative social science research skills to analyze human behavior and big data across multiple industries.

We seek to guarantee funding to support our students during their internships. By design, partners commit to a minimum wage of $25/hour paid directly to the student for the three-month experience. That salary assumes the intern’s continued employment for the duration of the internship. If any problems arise, that amount will be pro-rated to the intern’s time at work. Internships last 10-12 weeks, depending on start date, but we anticipate internships running mid June through mid September. Any additional monies normally provided to interns by the Organizational Partner (i.e. higher wages, performance incentives, signing bonuses, per diems, living or temporary relocation stipends) would be supplied by the organization directly to the student intern. A more detailed handout for prospective Organizational Partners and students is available.

For more information, please contact our Director of Career Services, Shelly Robinson.