Research & Job Opportunities

Summer Campaign Opportunity

Fund for the Public Interest, a national non-profit organization that runs campaigns for some of the nation’s most prominent environmental and social change organizations, such as Environment America and U.S. PIRG. 

We are currently hiring students to join our summer campaign staff in over 25 cities across the country. Students will get the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in grassroots organizing, learn valuable communication skills and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of campaign actions including: running media events, coalition building, canvassing, and writing editorials, all while being paid as members of our staff. Our staff typically earn an average of $6,000-8,000 over the summer.

Students will get the chance to work on a wide spectrum of campaigns ranging from environmental issues like working to tackle climate change, save bees from dangerous pesticides, and stop single-use plastics from polluting our oceans and other waterways.

Summer Economics Fellows Program

 Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
Sponsored by the American Economic Association and originally funded by a National Science Foundation grant, the Summer Economics Fellows Program is designed to increase the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented minorities in economics. Fellows spend a summer in residence at a sponsoring research organization or public agency, such as a statistical agency or a Federal Reserve Bank. Summer economics fellowships are available to senior graduate students and junior faculty.
Fellows are to be chosen by the program with the agreement of the sponsoring institution in line with the goal of advancing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the economics profession, the fit of a candidate with the activities of the research group at the sponsoring institution, and the value of the proposed research to advancing the sponsoring institution's own goals.
2020 Summer Economics Fellows Program Application
For more information, visit our website.

 Stanford Undergraduate Economics Journal

Comparative Advantage, Stanford University's undergraduate economics journal, is seeking submissions for its Winter issue, the first of two publications for the 2019-20 academic year.

We invite Penn State students to submit economics-related work for the Winter issue. We are looking for research and opinion papers in economics or any discipline related to economics, such as public policy, economic sociology, or finance.

Submissions for our Spring 2020 issue must be received by March 6, 2020.

Click here for further information.

Research Assistantships at the Fed Reserve Bank for Summer 2020

The Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is currently looking to hire several research assistants (RAs) to start Summer 2020. RAs often work at the Bank for 2-3 years before going on to graduate school. Recent RAs have gone on to Economics or Finance PhD programs at Michigan, Wharton, UC San Diego, NYU, Maryland, and Minnesota; public policy programs at Harvard and Princeton, and other graduate school programs (e.g., computer science, biostatistics, law, and spatial analysis) at Stanford, Penn, Michigan, and Duke.

Interested students can learn more by viewing the online brochure.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Director's Financial Analyst

This unique, two-year rotational fellowship sits at the intersection of the federal government and the financial services industry. Director’s Financial Analysts are given the opportunity to hone analytical and problem-solving skills while helping to make markets for consumer financial products work for Americans. Members of the Director’s Financial Analyst Program will experience diverse roles, responsibilities, and areas of expertise. As a result, in a short period of time, analysts will play an integral role in everything the Bureau does, from rigorous data-driven policy creation and market monitoring to on-site supervision of market participants.
All analysts will complete developmental rotations in offices throughout the CFPB. These rotations are designed to provide exposure to the analysis, strategy, research, education, policy development, supervision, enforcement, and rulemaking activities throughout the Bureau.
We are recruiting for positions that begin after the 2019-2020 academic year.

Previous Director’s Financial Analysts have used the program as a springboard to further their careers. Some graduates of the program have moved on to:

• Grad school (e.g., Yale, MIT, Columbia, Harvard)
• Private industry (e.g., Amazon, Uber, PayPal)
• Public sector (e.g., Department of the Treasury, NY Fed, local government)


We are currently accepting resumes through our posting on your school’s Handshake or job posting site. However, to officially apply, students will need to do so at during our live application window on USAJobs. The second window will be opening on January 31st and stay open until February 10th. Students who send an email demonstrating interest will be notified when the application becomes available.

Interested students should send an email to If you have additional questions about the position or the application process, you can also reach out to.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Director's Financial Analyst

Accelerate your career and academic growth in 4 weeks.
This four-week summer program creates a unique learning opportunity for global students and young professionals to connect rigorous data analytics to cutting-edge policy research implementation.

Students enjoy the enormous academic, professional, and student life resources at the University of Chicago.

For further information, visit The University of Chicago Harris Public Policy website. Click here to apply.