Become a Research Justice Intern. Apply your skills to campaigns for social change!

Find out more about DataCenter’s Communications or Fundraising Internships

The Research Justice intern will work on projects in partnership with grassroots and community organizing groups working for social change. Projects vary in terms of issue area and methodology and interns will be placed based on their interest and experience as well as organizational needs. The internship program is a key component of our strategic priority goal to strengthen the capacity of the grassroots by harnessing the power of research. Committed students (and non-students) serving as interns are poised to take research as a powerful tool for grassroots organizing back into their fields and communities upon completion of the internship. DataCenter’s internship program is unique in that it is primarily dedicated to the professional, political and personal development of the interns as future leaders of the Research Justice network.

Internship duties may include:
• Conduct targeted, strategic research (company profile, government data, literature reviews)
• Design research tools (surveys, interviews, focus groups, evaluation tools)
• Conduct data analysis and literature or media reviews
• Create summaries of research findings
• Conduct issue/policy analysis
• Convert information into community friendly materials
• Present findings to organizational partners and community members (through popular education tools)
• Conduct workshops and create curricula

Recent Intern Projects

National Trans*/Two-Spirit/Intersex Mapping Project: The intern deployed and analyzed the results of a survey designed to bring greater awareness of the needs of trans*/two-spirit/intersex organizations and projects to funders as well as connect trans*/two-spririt/intersex identified individuals to programs in their local area.

Justice for Families: Interns conducted an analysis of coverage around families of incarcerated youth and coded and analyzed the results of focus groups with families of incarcerated youth.

Food Chain Workers Alliance: Interns created corporate profiles of companies on the food chain and conducted the quantitative data analysis of the results of a national survey of food chain workers on conditions in the workplace.

Applicants must have experience in at least some of the following areas:

• Interest or experience in participatory research and grassroots organizing
• Experience with qualitative or quantitative research
• Interest or experience in popular education
• Ability to work independently and learn quickly
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Computer and Internet skills (experience with SPSS, NVIVO or GIS a plus)
• Competent at working within diverse cultural communities.

What former interns say about their experiences…

“I am deeply indebted to the DataCenter for all I learned during my 8 month internship… Being at the DataCenter taught me about what skills I already possessed and pushed me to learn more. It changed how I thought about research and what my role could be in community struggles.”

—Rachel Gelfand, Smith College, former intern 2007-08

“Interning at the DataCenter was a really unique experience and a lens through which to see my studies in a practical way. I feel proud to have been part of DataCenter.”

- Laura Guttierez, Pitzer College, former intern 2011

People of color, lgbtq identified individuals and people involved in social justice work or campaigns are strongly encouraged to apply.

We look forward to exploring this opportunity with you!

For more information about Research, Communications or Fundraising Internships, please contact Program Manager, Jay Donahue at or by calling 510-835-4692 ext 307