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Research Intern (Paid)


JMA is currently seeking a full-time Research Intern​ to join our team in Chicago. This position is an excellent opportunity for people interested in new models of policy and research at the intersection of racial, economic, and environmental justice. 


  • Support research for various projects, including analysis of transit manufacturing and opportunities for vehicle purchases by government agencies in Illinois
  • Compile, manage, and analyze databases of transit manufacturers, contracts, and government vehicle fleets
  • Obtain and compile contract data from transit agencies in Illinois
  • Create and maintain relationships with transit agencies across Illinois
  • Track upcoming transit agency board meetings and purchases in Illinois
  • Track relevant industry press and news stories


  • Demonstrated commitment to economic justice, social justice and the labor movement
  • Proficient in Google Docs and Sheets and/or Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience conducting research and data entry, such as (1) accurately compiling qualitative and quantitative data into spreadsheets; (2) interpreting and analyzing spreadsheets; (3) searching government, news media, and other online websites and databases; and/or (4) summarizing and synthesizing findings from reliable sources into digestible memos.
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Obtained, or obtaining, Bachelor’s degree in relevant field preferred but not required
  • Current, or past, participation in coursework in relevant field preferred but not required

Terms of Employment: Interns must commit to at least 35 hours per week for a full-time summer position. The start date is flexible, but the intern must begin no later than June 15, 2020. Applications are due May 18, 2020. Compensation will be $15/hour. There is a possibility that this position could be remote during all or part of the duration of this internship. 

Application Process:​ This position is available starting as soon as possible. To apply, please complete the form at the following link: Please also indicate where you learned about this opportunity. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response. No phone calls, please.

JMA is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, and first generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply.