RAND’s Summer Associate Program

RAND’s 2019 Summer Associate application period opening soon!

Applications accepted October 15, 2018 through December 4, 2018

RAND’s Summer Associate Program introduces outstanding graduate students to RAND, an institution that conducts research on a wide range of national security problems and domestic and international social policy issues. RAND’s core research areas include:

Application Process

RAND accepts applications only through our website. Applications mailed directly to RAND or emailed to our Summer Director will not be considered. Current Summer Associate positions include:

  • Policy Research
  • Economics
  • Sociology & Demography
  • Statistics
  • Political Science & History
  • Psychology
  • Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Physical Sciences
  • Operations Research, Ind Eng/Sys Eng, Mgmt Sci, Supply Chain, Risk Analysis

If you have any trouble opening the above links, see https://jobs.rand.org.

In order to submit a complete application, please be prepared to provide two documents, answer three short answer questions, and a few additional program/credential/skills specific questions:

  1. Resume or curriculum vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Short answer questions (which will be filled out in the online application, limit 250 words per question):
    1. Briefly describe your substantive interest and past experiences in those areas
    2. Briefly describe your skills and methodological expertise and how you have used those tools in previous research experiences
    3. Briefly describe why you are interested in the RAND Summer Associate Program and what role you see this experience playing in your career development

Only one application will be considered per applicant. If there are several positions that are of interest, applicants should choose the position that best matches their background and interest. Applicants whose research background matches multiple positions will be reviewed by all appropriate managers. Submitting more than one application will not increase the chances of being selected.

Applicants will receive an automated email notifying them of their successful submission.

Applications will be reviewed throughout the application period. All applications are due by December 4, 2018. Applicants will be notified of RAND’s interest to interview after the application period has ended. You will be contacted directly only if you are selected for interview. Interviews will be conducted in February and March. Offers will be made in March and April.

Frequently Asked Questions Recent Projects Program Brochure (PDF)

Please review the FAQs as they may address most common inquiries. If you have additional questions about the Graduate Student Summer Associate Program, please contactSummer_Director@rand.org.