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Thank you for your interest in the Public Policy Institute of California.

PPIC values the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences of our staff, and key elements in the consideration of qualified candidates include excellence; diversity of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints; and a strong fit with our mission and goals.

As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, PPIC is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage women and members of minority groups to apply. AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.

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Anneke Gaul
Human Resources Manager


What are the types of research positions at PPIC?

The research positions at PPIC include Research Associate, Research Fellow, and Senior Fellow.

Research associates have training and experience at the Bachelor or Master degree level and provide support to other researchers. The research associate career path can lead to co‐authorship on projects and, in some cases, will include independent research studies.

Research fellows are graduates of Ph.D. programs who have a background and interest in policy research. Independent research projects as well as collaborative efforts – both within PPIC and with researchers at other institutions – are valued.

Senior fellows hold Ph.D. degrees and are either senior university professors or individuals with extensive experience in a research institute or government agency.

How does the summer intern program work?

The summer intern program at PPIC provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students interested in a public policy career to work in a policy research environment. These internships are particularly appropriate for students in programs in economics, public administration, public policy, sociology, political science, urban planning, demography, and related disciplines. Generally, strong statistical and computer skills are required.

In selecting interns, we look for a demonstrated interest in public policy research, with coursework or work experience relevant to one of the posted internship projects. Excellence; fit with our mission and goals; and diversity of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints are important elements of the selection process.

Internship project descriptions were posted in mid December, with an application deadline of February 8, 2021. The selection process concludes by mid April. The 2021 internships will be conducted remotely and will last up to eleven weeks, ideally beginning June 14th. Compensation is $17.50 per hour.

The application period for the 2021 Summer Internship Program is now closed.

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible for employment opportunities at PPIC?

PPIC employment opportunities are open to anyone eligible to work in the U.S. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please submit your application and we will explore the details of your particular situation if we find there is a good match between your background and PPIC’s needs.

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