The Gueron Scholars Program (GSP) offers paid internships for undergraduates and master’s-level students and doctoral fellowships for students engaged in dissertation research. The program seeks to engage and encourage individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the education and social policy research communities.

All interns and fellows participate in the intellectual life of MDRC by attending seminars and project meetings, and have the opportunity to attend trainings to develop specific skills and knowledge areas. At the end of the eight-week program, interns and fellows give a presentation on their summer experience at MDRC.

Internship Opportunities

The GSP Undergraduate Internship invites rising undergraduate seniors to be part of multidisciplinary teams developing evaluation research on current social policy issues at our New York City office.

The GSP Operations Internship is open to master’s students with experience running, managing, or working on programs operated by public or nonprofit agencies or organizations serving underrepresented or underserved populations.

The GSP Doctoral Fellowship brings Ph.D. candidates pursuing independent, self-directed research on economic and social problems affecting low-income Americans to both our New York City and California offices.

“The skills that I acquired during my doctoral fellowship have helped me become an expert in research design and multi-site formative, impact, and cost-effectiveness evaluations in housing and asset development programs.”

Delia Kimbrel

Delia Kimbrel

2012 MDRC Doctoral Fellow

The MDRC Gueron Scholars Program: Building Career Pathways into Policy Research

MDRC’s Commitment to Diversity

To advance our mission, we recruit and retain staff who encompass a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, strive for equity in our policies and practices, and create a culture of inclusion, in which all of our staff feel welcome and valued. Advancing these values at MDRC improves the quality and relevance of our research, as well as the daily experiences of our staff.

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Who is Judith Gueron?

A widely published, nationally recognized expert on employment and training, poverty, and family assistance, Judith Gueron was President of MDRC from 1987 to 2004. She directed many of the largest federal and state evaluations ever undertaken of interventions for people with low incomes and was a pioneer in developing research methods that have made it possible to base social programs on rigorous evidence of effectiveness. She has trained a generation of policy researchers and has always been committed to expanding opportunities for young professionals from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the education and social policy research communities.

The Gueron Scholars Program was established by MDRC and six founding partners, the Annie E. Casey, Rockefeller, Jerry Lee, Spencer, William T. Grant, and Grable Foundations. The program seeks to promote Gueron's enduring legacy in diversifying the field.

Judith Gueron