Summer Opportunities at the Center on Poverty and Inequality

We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2017. Please check back in the fall, as the the CPI regularly has openings for undergraduate research fellows.

The Center on Poverty and Inequality is seeking summer undergraduate fellows to participate in CPI research initiatives. Each fellowship is customized in collaboration with CPI faculty and staff to match a fellow’s research interests with CPI projects. Fellows will join one of the Center’s research groups and receive training in data analysis. We encourage applicants to review our research groups and the full list of CPI projects. The following is a sampling of potential fellowship projects:

California Longitudinal Administrative Database: The CPI is building a longitudinal poverty and inequality database for California that brings together Census data with data from administrative and other “big data” sources. Fellows may participate in building and analyzing the new database, contributing to an annual report summarizing California and Bay Area poverty program effectiveness, and preparing policy briefs for local leaders, legislators, or members of Congress.

National Poverty Study: The National Poverty Study will provide the country’s first systematic qualitative evidence on how people are experiencing and coping with poverty. Fellows may participate in developing the study’s protocol and analyzing the textual and qualitative data that emerges.

Poverty and Inequality Trends: The CPI disseminates a comprehensive package of indicators that charts the main trends in social and economic inequality. Fellows may participate in updating these indicators and the accompanying data and graphing utility.

Real-Time Poverty Measurement: The CPI publishes the California Poverty Measure, which tracks where poverty is highest in California. Fellows may participate in developing fine-grained measures to track and predict poverty trends at the neighborhood and city block levels.

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter describing your poverty and inequality interests to inequality@stanford.edu. Applicants must be current Stanford students. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning March 6, 2017.

Poverty and Technology Lab

The CPI recently founded the Stanford Poverty and Technology Lab, with the mission of developing a suite of ambitious anti-poverty interventions that change the face of poverty in the Bay Area and, ultimately, the country. The lab brings together Stanford students and faculty, Silicon Valley leaders, and experts in the government and nonprofit sectors to incubate technology-based solutions to poverty and inequality. Several opportunities are available for students who want to join the lab:

Students enrolled in “Ending Poverty with Technology” are eligible to apply for a Cardinal Fellowship to continue projects started during the class. Applications are due May 3, 2017 and should be submitted through the Haas Center. Interested students are advised to email inequality@stanford.edu in advance of submitting their application.

There are also opportunities for students who haven’t completed the associated coursework to join the Poverty and Technology initiative. To learn more, please submit your resume and a cover letter describing your poverty and technology interests to inequality@stanford.edu. Applicants must be current Stanford students.