The GSP Undergraduate Internship

The GSP Undergraduate Internship

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

The eight-week internship provides the opportunity to work with MDRC teams on a range of organizational and analytical tasks, as well as participate in regular meetings to network and learn more about the context of MDRC’s policy work. Interns will also have the chance to attend trainings and talks to develop specific skills and knowledge areas.

Applications for 2021 internships have closed.

Questions? Contact HRQuestions@mdrc.org

2021 Gueron Undergraduate Interns

Hafsah Ansar

Hafsah Ansar is a rising senior at Hunter College, where she majors in psychology and minors in sociology. She was a fellow with the AAPI Community Fellowship, where she helped researchers develop a mental health screening tool for Asian-American young adults. She also served as a retention intern with STRIVE, a workforce development organization. Hafsah was recently selected for the Mellon Public Humanities Scholars Program. During her time at MDRC, Hafsah is contributing to the Men of Color Achievement Project, Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families, and OnPath.

Liz Saiz

Liz Saiz, originally from Houston, is a rising senior at New York University where she is studying applied psychology and Spanish. Previously a research assistant for Latino Family Engagement and Language Development, she is now codesigning an independent research project investigating the loss of bodily autonomy of women in detention centers. At MDRC, Liz is working on the Supporting Moves to Opportunity project and on an annotated bibliography about housing and labor market discrimination and disparities.

Kathryn Chatman

Kathryn Chatman, a native of Detroit, is a rising senior at New York University where she studies applied psychology. She has worked as a research assistant for The Listening Project and as a tutor for America Reads. This summer, she is working on two projects in MDRC’s Families and Children policy area: Expanding Children’s Early Learning (ExCEL) P–3 and Building and Sustaining the Early Care and Education Workforce.

Previous Undergraduate Interns

  • Internship Year:
    2020
    Francis Estrada, Undergraduate Intern

    Francis Estrada is a senior at Baruch College majoring in economics with a minor in law and policy. She is passionate about educational access for low-income students and how local education funding becomes a barrier for low-income districts. She plans to pursue a PhD in economics or public policy.

  • Internship Year:
    2020
    Ismerlyn Gonzalez, Undergraduate Intern

    Ismerlyn Gonzalez is a senior at Hunter College majoring in sociology with a minor in public policy. She coaches incoming freshmen as a Scholar Peer Leader and is interested in pursuing a master’s degree in public policy to address inequities in education policy.

  • Internship Year:
    2019
    Maria Alicea, Undergraduate Intern

    Maria is a senior at the University of North Florida (UNF) majoring in sociology and minoring in digital marketing. At MDRC, Maria worked on projects across multiple policy areas and departments, as well as with the MDRC Diversity Council.

  • Internship Year:
    2019
    Amanda Martin-Lawrence, Undergraduate Intern

    Amanda is a senior at Pitzer College, majoring in sociology with a minor in legal studies. She plans to pursue a career as an education policy researcher and spent her summer learning contributing to several projects across the education pipeline.

  • Internship Year:
    2017
    Amber Jones, Undergraduate Intern

    “I am studying and interning in Kóln, Germany, within a social service agency that aids young girls and refugees,” writes Jones. “After I graduate this April from the University of Pittsburgh (with a bachelor’s degree in social work), I plan to teach abroad in South Korea or join the Peace Corps. My internship with MDRC has encouraged me to pursue a career on a more mezzo-macro level.”