California Policy Lab Research Opportunity (Berkeley)

I am searching for several full-time predoctoral researchers to work on a range of projects with me and with the California Policy Lab, a new initiative at UC Berkeley and UCLA that supports research partnerships between university academics and California state and local government, focused on the analysis of administrative data.


One position will be working directly for me on my projects in education economics (elementary/secondary and postsecondary) and labor markets (unemployment insurance, tax policy, etc.). This is a temporary, one year position, located within the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at Berkeley. It would be ideal for a new BA or MPP, with some Stata skills, who is considering pursuing a Ph.D. but is not ready to start yet. This position is posted here; that link also has application instructions.


The other two positions are with the California Policy Lab (CPL). One will focus on data preparation and econometric analysis, and will be suitable for a very similar candidate as the position above. The other will be for a data analyst, involving implementing fuzzy matching, SQL, data extraction using Python, and so on. This position would be suitable for a candidate with a computer science or data science background. Both positions will work on a range of CPL projects in education, social safety nets, and criminal justice, under my supervision and that of CPL’s faculty affiliates


The two CPL positions will be posted soon at this link. In the meantime, interested candidates should e-mail me directly.


Jesse Rothstein

Professor of Public Policy and Economics

Director, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

University of California, Berkeley


Phone: (510) 495-0646


Demography at Penn

Penn Demography trains independent researchers who are prepared to fill leading roles in social demography and population analysis at a variety of organizations and are well versed in the growth, structure, health and well-being of human populations. Graduates have a firm grasp of both the substance and methods of study in the core areas of demography and population sciences (mortality, fertility, migration, population aging, and demographic – economic interrelations) from both a domestic and international perspective.

Many students choose to do a joint Ph.D. with Sociology.

The University of Pennsylvania is a welcoming and inclusive place that values diversity of backgrounds, methodologies, theoretical perspectives, and research interests.

The annual application deadline is December 15.

Please see the attached flier for more information.  We encourage you to email to express interest, ask questions, and get more information.

We look forward to seeing applications from your students!

Research Assistant Job Posting @ Brookings Institution

The Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution is conducting our annual Research Assistant recruitment. Each year we employ approximately fifteen research assistants for one or two year appointments, preferably beginning between June 1 and August 1. This year, we are seeking to hire approximately five new assistants. I am hoping that you will be able to share the job posting with your graduating class of Economics majors. We believe this is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates.

The job posting is here:

Please note that applicants will need to submit a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and a transcript. The application deadline is February 16, 2018.

Thank you very much!

Data West Conference, Open Day, Wednesday Dec 13 at SDSC – Student Data Science Opportunities

An Afternoon Focused Exclusively on DATA The SDSC Industry and Technology Expo is a new, data technology event in San Diego, the first day of the annual SDSC Data West Senior Executive Forum. Come and meet leading data technology companies, data scientists and corporate data officers for an afternoon of presentations, workshops and demos of new technologies and services in data analytics, AI and deep learning, data analytics and new technologies such as blockchain, data twinning and social robotics. Along with tours of SDSC’s 19,000 sf of data center. Free to all registered participants. Don’t Miss It!DATA

Hoover Institution Policy Boot Camp (Stanford)


The Hoover Institutions Summer Policy Boot Camp (HISPBC) is an intensive, one week residential immersion program in the essentials of today’s national and international United States policy. The program is intended to instruct college students and recent graduates on the economic, political, and social aspects of United States public policy. The goal is to teach students how to think critically about public policy formulation and its results.

Using a highly interactive, tutorial-style model designed to foster fact-based critical thinking on the most important policy issues, students will have a unique chance to interact directly with the faculty of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, comprised of world-renowned scholars in economics, government, political science, and related fields.  Each half-day will be dedicated to one topic, chosen because of its immediate relevance to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Participants will collaborate through class discussions, study groups, and team projects that encourage diverse perspectives. Enrollment is limited, in order to facilitate maximum interaction with the faculty and other participants.


HISPBC requires a 100% time commitment for the duration of the one-week program, including active collaboration with study groups outside of class.


Stanford University does not offer participants academic credit or grades for completing HISPBC.


The boot camp is FREE to all accepted applicants. Program fees, food and lodging will be covered for participants accepted into the program. Travel expenses and other incidentals are not included.*


Successful participants receive a certificate of completion endorsed by Hoover Institution’s director and HISPBC’s faculty director. To successfully complete the program, participants must:

  • Attend all sessions
  • Complete their assignments and projects
  • Collaborate with their fellow participants in team projects and community-building exercises

If accepted, the UCSD Department of Economics has funds to aid students with their travel expenses. 


For any questions related to the program, please email


Columbia Business School – Apply for the 2018 Summer Research Program!

Columbia Business School is seeking outstanding applications for the 2018 Summer Research Internship program.  The highly selective program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and introduces the interns to the world of business research.  Under the guidance of Columbia Business School’s leading faculty, interns will take an active role on a research project in one of the following areas: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, and data analytics.  This is a multi-disciplinary program and candidates from all majors are encouraged to apply.

The internship program is designed for undergraduate students at the end of their sophomore or junior year and first year Master Students.  Exceptional students from other classes are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Several of the top interns have gone on to leading MS and PhD programs in Economics, Finance, Computer Science, and Data Sciences.  Many been selected to join CBS full-time as a full-time Research Associates.

All prospective interns must have the following qualifications:

Enthusiasm for research, intellectual curiosity, and excellent communications skills

The ability to learn new concepts and tools and apply them to your projects

Skills for Quantitative Projects

Most Economics, Finance, and Accounting (and economics based management and marketing) projects require:

Strong background or major in econometrics and statistics

The ability to run regressions using statistical packages such as STATA or R

Quantitative projects in Management, Marketing or DRO require:

Background or major in mathematics, computer science, or engineering

Strong programming background (C/C++, Python, R, or Matlab, etc.)

Some projects may require the ability to do text processing using Python or Perl familiarity with basic machine learning algorithm

Skills for Behavioral projects in Management or Marketing

Interest in behavioral experiments – background or major in Psychology

Knowledge of SPSS, some projects may require knowledge of Python or

The program runs from May 27, 2018 – July 28 or August 4, 2018 (final dates to be determined).  On-campus housing and a stipend will be provided

To apply, please fill out the application form at the following website:  The Application Deadline is 11:59pm EST on March 1, 2018.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  The application process is highly competitive, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Undergraduate Business Network @ UCSD

The Undergraduate Business Network is proud to present Internships 101 on Thursday, 11/30 at Rady! Internships 101 is a free, public event where we inspire and motivate students to land their dream internships, with helpful tips and tricks along the way. A diverse set of companies will be represented, including: PwC, Microsoft, Net Impact, Genentech, First American, Workday, Juniper Networks and more.


Check out our event page:

and make sure to RSVP for your seat:

Thank you so much, and we’ll see you there!

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