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Careers and Internships

ICPSR offers opportunities for internships, research associates, and other positions leading to careers in data science. Consult the University of Michigan Careers website for information about specific job openings at ICPSR, as well as other job postings at the university.

Director, Computer and Network Services — ICPSR

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is recruiting a Director of Computer and Network Services (CNS). The holder of this position will lead the information and technology efforts of an internationally prominent institution as it provides state-of-the-art services to a growing internal and external user community of social science researchers, students, instructors, and policy makers. ICPSR utilizes a high-performance data and information delivery system. Computer and Network Services is responsible for all technology operations and engineering at ICPSR. The position is very comparable to a CIO/CTO role for a small-to-medium, not-for-profit company. This position sets the strategic technology agenda for ICPSR; supervises professional IT line managers within the CNS unit; participates as an essential member of the ICPSR executive management team; and reports to the Executive Director of ICPSR.

To apply or make a nomination, or to request further information, please contact George Alter, Director, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48016-1248. The University of Michigan is a Non-Discriminatory Affirmative Action Employer.

Job posting on the U-M Careers website

Director, Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research — ICPSR

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan provides advanced training to students, researchers, and policymakers around the world in its Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. The distinguished social science educator who serves as Director will lead the Summer Program, with responsibility for recruiting, retaining, and assisting the Program’s outstanding faculty, managing the Program’s professional staff, and overseeing the student experience. This position may be held full time or part time, and it may be combined with other activities at the University of Michigan or at another institution that is a member of ICPSR.

To apply or make a nomination, or to request further information, please contact George Alter, Director, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48016-1248. The University of Michigan is a Non-Discriminatory Affirmative Action Employer.

Job posting on the U-M Careers website

Summer Undergraduate Internship Program

The ICPSR summer internship program provides undergraduate students with a unique and expansive research experience that introduces all aspects of social science research and includes supported exploration of a research query from start to finish, data management training, and focused methodological education in quantitative research. This prepares interns for capstone or senior thesis projects, graduate school, and/or research-based employment opportunities.

More information about the internship

Research Associates

ICPSR employs research associates and assistants in all its divisions. In collaboration with other ICPSR staff, Research Associates prepare data for permanent archiving and distribution for secondary analysis; perform statistical analysis to check data for accuracy; preserve survey respondent confidentiality; compose study descriptions describing data collections; create, edit, and review data documentation; interact with principal investigators and data producers; and provide support to the research community.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to the following address:

Human Resources
ICPSR/Institute for Social Research
P.O. Box 1248
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106-1248

Valuing Diversity

The work environment combines the advantages of a small nonprofit or business with the resources of an international research university. ICPSR is small enough that each person can make a difference, yet large enough to offer a variety of career opportunities. Employees work in a relaxed, collegial atmosphere that fosters communication and networking within and among departments. The organization is family-friendly, offering flexibility with work hours, and we have a diverse staff who enrich the workplace with their skills and experience.

University of Michigan Benefits

ICPSR employees receive the University of Michigan's Benefits Program, which includes medical, dental, and vision plans, prescription drug coverage, disability insurance, life insurance, reimbursement accounts, legal services, vacation and paid sick time, tuition support, and a generous retirement plan wherein the University doubles the employee's contribution. These benefit options are described on the Benefits Office website.

A Learning Environment

  • Employees at all levels have many opportunities to develop their skills by attending courses or receiving on-the-job training. Professional development includes conference attendance, organizational skills development, supervisory and managerial training, and courses in software and technology.
  • Employees may attend ICPSR Summer Program classes without charge.
  • ICPSR reimburses the full the cost of qualifying courses in degree programs.

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