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Internships in Public Policy Research

The Citizens Research Council of Michigan is a private not-for-profit public affairs research organization founded in 1916 to analyze issues pertaining to state and local government organizations and finance in Michigan.

The Citizens Research Council has a limited number of unpaid research internships available to undergraduate and graduate students working towards a degree in public administration, public policy, economics, political science, or a related field.

The Citizens Research Council has a full-time research staff that conducts research focusing in four areas: 1) In-depth studies of major public policy issues; 2) Analyzing state and local tax and spending issues; 3) Evaluating the structure and organization of government; 4) Promotion of the effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability in government operations. Interns will work directly for one of the Research Council’s researchers and assist in the development of research papers and presentations.

Through its research and publications, the Citizens Research Council provides an independent, nonpartisan, and objective source of information on state and local policy issues. It seeks to identify problems, to prepare the factual information needed to define and understand those problems, and to develop and evaluate alternative solutions. Over the years, the Research Council has earned a reputation for objectivity and has developed a high degree of credibility with public officials, the media, and the public. In order to encourage public understanding and discussion of state and local government issues, the results of all the Research Council’s projects are available to the public.

Personal interviews (in our offices or by phone) are required of individuals whose initial application and supporting documents place them high enough to be considered further. It is expected that an intern would work 16-20 hours a week, at a minimum, in the Research Council’s Livonia or Lansing office.

Application Internships are available for the summer and during the academic term. The period of the internship is one academic term unless otherwise specified. Interested applicants should return a completed application to:

Eric Lupher
Citizens Research Council of Michigan
38777 Six Mile Rd., Suite 208
Livonia, MI 48152-2660

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